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Originally posted 02/20/2009 10:00AM
The tragic death of Heath Ledger has, thanks to the actor's friends, turned into stroke of luck for one Australian actor.
On Thursday night, Oliver Ackland of Sydney became the inaugural recipient of a scholarship created in Ledger's name with support from friends like Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Ledger's former girlfriend, Michelle Williams.
"[Ackland is] a great actor and he's really likeable," Ledger's good friend and Ned Kelly director Gregor Jordan, a judge on the panel, told PEOPLE at the Australians in Film Academy Award Celebration in Los Angeles. "He's got [a sort of] Jude Law look. Maybe he's an Aussie Jude Law, who knows?"
Originally posted 02/18/2009 01:15PM
Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight has garnered praise throughout the awards season.
And if the late actor wins the Oscar for best supporting actor this Sunday, his daughter Matilda, 3, has been named the eventual owner, according to the Associated Press.
Matilda is the only child of the star, who died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs last year. He was 28.
Originally posted 02/14/2009 07:40AM
Details about this year's Oscarcast – from the presenters to how the stage will be set – are all being kept under tight wraps by the show's producers, though the ceremony's host, Hugh Jackman, can't be silent about one thing: his choice for Best Supporting Actor.
And the Oscar should go to … the late Heath Ledger, for The Dark Knight.
"I can't hide the fact that I would really love for that honor to be bestowed upon him," Jackman, speaking to he Associated Press, said of his fellow Australian, who died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs on Jan. 22, 2008. "It would be fitting and I think he deserves it."
Originally posted 01/29/2009 01:25PM
A lawsuit involving Heath Ledger's $10 million life insurance policy has reached a confidential settlement, documents filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court show.
The suit had been filed by a lawyer, John S. LaViolette, working on behalf of the actor's daughter Matilda, 3. The suit claimed that ReliaStar Life Insurance Company had refused to honor the policy because it asserted that Ledger's death could have been a suicide.
"The parties are pleased they were able to reach an amicable settlement," said attorney William Shernoff, who represents Matilda and LaViolette.
The New York Medical Examiner found that Ledger, 28, died of an accidental drug overdose in January 2008.
Originally posted 01/22/2009 11:20PM
Heath Ledger's family gathered at an Australian beach to remember the actor, who died a year ago and is now being honored with an Oscar nomination for The Dark Knight.
"We are still all nursing broken hearts," older sister Kate Ledger said Friday in Perth. "Like anyone who loses a family member, it has opened our eyes to the intense suffering and painful journey that is death."
Kate and two half-sisters, Ashleigh Bell and Olivia Ledger, stood under clear blue skies at the Indiana Tea Room on Cottesloe Beach, one of Ledger's favorite spots and the site of his wake after his funeral. Ledger's father, Kim, and mother, Sally Bell, were also in attendance but did not speak to the media.
Originally posted 01/22/2009 01:00PM
A year ago to the day that Heath Ledger was found dead inside his New York City apartment, the actor received an Oscar nomination for his wicked portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight.
The actor's family will hold a press conference Thursday at 6:30 p.m. PT at Cottesloe Beach in his hometown of Perth, Australia, one of the actor's favorite spots and the site of his wake. Ledger, 28, died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
Originally posted 01/15/2009 08:05AM
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt travel well – the couple are up for major prizes at the British equivalent of the Oscars: the Orange British Academy Film Awards.
Mirroring their Golden Globe and SAG Award distinctions, Jolie has been nominated as best leading actress for her role in director Clint Eastwood's Changeling, while Pitt has a nod for leading actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, it was announced Thursday.
Originally posted 01/12/2009 05:30PM
Heath Ledger's mother says her son's Golden Globe award and other accolades will end up in the hands of the person who mattered most in his life: his daughter Matilda.
"I should imagine that eventually it will be going to Matilda," Sally Bell says from her home in Perth, Australia, in an exclusive interview. "At this stage she is only so young, but down the track she will have all these things. It will belong to her because she is part of him."
Bell says she and her family are "bursting with pride" over her son's recognition for playing the psychotic Joker in The Dark Knight, a role he "loved."
"It is such a fantastic and wonderful legacy for his daughter. Matilda will have so many people who will be able to speak to her about her father's abilities and [the] respect he had in the industry. That is such a wonderful legacy to leave," she says.
Originally posted 01/09/2009 09:35AM
Slumdog Millionaire cleaned up at this year's Critics' Choice Awards, but it was Anne Hathaway who got twice the thrill by tying for best actress with one of her all-time role models.
"Meryl [Streep] is my idol," Hathaway – winner for her role in Rachel Getting Married – said backstage at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Thursday night. "To win with my idol who I was nominated against is amazing. I'm so thrilled for her and I'm very thrilled for myself, too." Streep shared the best-actress win for her work as a nun in Doubt.
Hathaway told PEOPLE it is "overwhelming" to be recognized by critics and peers with so many nominations this awards season – accolades she expected it would take much longer to rack up.
Originally posted 12/18/2008 10:00AM
Kate Winslet scored two chances to take home a SAG Award when the nominations were announced Thursday morning.
The actress was recognized by her peers in the Screen Actors Guild as both a lead and supporting actress for her current holiday releases, Revolutionary Road and The Reader.
"To be recognized in this manner, by our peers, is a great honor," Winslet said in a statement.
Meanwhile, writer-director John Patrick Shanley's Doubt – starring the nominated Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viloa Davis – led the movie pack, with five nods.
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