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Matilda gets the Oscar if Heath Ledger wins

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February

Tbdheathledger021909 The Oscars seem to get more and more boring as the years go by, but one thing The Juice* will be looking forward to is seeing if dearly departed Heath Ledger wins for best supporting actor. But who would get the little statue if he wins? Why, his daughter Matilda would, the AP says.

It's a little complicated, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says that normally a spouse gets to keep a posthumous Oscar, but since Ledger and Michelle Williams weren't married, that leaves 3-year-old Matilda -- who unfortunately isn't old enough to sign a winner's agreement saying the recipient must first offer to sell the statue back to the Academy for $1 before putting it on the open market. (Who would accept onstage is a closely held secret for now.)

"From our point of view, somebody has to sign the winner's agreement, and a 3-year-old can't do that," says the Academy's executive director, Bruce Davis. "Nor can a parent sign any kind of legal document that obligates a child to do something once they turn 18."

The solution? Williams will be the legal custodian of the golden guy until Michelle turns 18, when she can either sign the contract or return Oscar. Something tells us she'd keep it, because Ledger is a 100-to-1 favorite to win, according to Juice* odds.

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