Matilda Ledger, the 3-year-old daughter of late Australian actor Heath Ledger, will be the eventual owner of an Oscar if he wins a statuette Sunday for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, but his family will accept the award in Hollywood on his behalf, the Reuters news service reported.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Wednesday it has decided that if Ledger wins a rare posthumous Oscar for his performance, Matilda will receive the Oscar after she turns 18.
Ledger, 28, died last year of a prescription drug overdose. He is widely expected to win the best-supporting-actor Oscar at the Feb. 22 Academy Awards in Hollywood after picking up virtually every other award in that category this season.
He would be only the second actor to receive an Oscar after death, following Peter Finch, who won in 1976 for Network, and his family will be on hand if he does win, traveling from the actor's hometown of Perth in Western Australia for the ceremony.