Award season is rolling! The nominees for the 14th annual Critics' Choice Awards were announced in Times Square today. The biopic "Milk" and fantasy tale "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" leads the nominations with eight each.
Batman flick "The Dark Knight," Broadway play remake "Doubt" and the indie "Slumdog Millionaire" tied with six nominations, each receiving a Best Picture nod. Heath Ledger also picked up a posthumous nom for his role as The Joker in "The Dark Knight."
Find out who takes home the awards January 8 on VH1. For a complete list of nominees, click here.
Earlier this year when Heath Ledger was found dead, stars and fans were left stunned. The Oscar-nominated actor died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and was only 28 years old.
After his death, Ledger received Oscar buzz for his role as the Joker in "The Dark Knight." Take a look a some of the other unexpected tragedies to hit Hollywood.
Heath Ledger had a will that was written before the birth of his daughter Matilda. When he died in January of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, it was assumed that his estate would go to his parents and sisters per the will. Heath's father has now said Matilda gets everything.
News of the unrevised will sparked reports that Michelle Williams -- Matilda's mother -- would fight to have the 2-year-old included in Heath's inheritance, but those rumors were nixed by Kim Ledger, who tells People magazine that his son's estate will go to his granddaughter -- and that was the plan "from the moment my boy passed away."
Kim also told Australia's Sunday Times, "There was never any question about the fact that Heath's estate would go to Matilda -- never a question. We are very close to Michelle and Matilda."
While various reports have valued Heath's assets at $16-20 million, accountant Mark Dyson, Executor of the "Dark Knight" star's estate -- has refused to disclose the amount of money that will go to Matilda.
When Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law stepped in to finish Heath Ledger's role in "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus," the actors did more than just honor the late Oscar nominee -- the three stars reportedly donated the money they made during "Imaginarium" to Ledger's daughter, Matilda.
The director of the fantasy flick, Terry Gilliam, tells The Sun, "They didn't take the money -- it goes to Heath's daughter." He adds, "That's extraordinary! And wonderful . . . and when you're part of that, you think, 'Ah, this is maybe why I went into the movies in the beginning. I thought it would be full of wonderful people.'" Keep Reading...
Six months after the shocking death of Hollywood heartthrob Heath Ledger, the U.S. Attorney's office has closed the investigation -- without Mary-Kate Olsen being delivered a subpoena, reports People magazine.
The twin had been contacted by Ledger's masseuse after she discovered Ledger's body. It was widely reported that the former "Full House" star wanted immunity before she'd be questioned. Reps for the mini-millionaire released a statement saying that MK "had nothing to do" with the drugs Ledger used.
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Tiny twin Mary-Kate Olsen has said precious little about Heath Ledger since his accidental January overdose on prescription drugs. A masseuse who found Heath's body had called Olsen before calling 911, leading to all kinds of speculation.
The millionaire mini-mogul is now breaking her silence re Ledger's OD -- claiming she knew nothing about the source of his drugs, reports the NY Post.
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After the devastating January death of ex-fiancé Heath Ledger, actress Michelle Williams struggled to keep things together for herself and the couple's tot, Matilda. Now, according to various reports, the Oscar nominee has found happiness again with director Spike Jonze.
The pair -- who recently worked together on the flick "Synecdoche" -- have reportedly been spotted in recent weeks near the filmmaker's Big Apple home. Williams and Jonze met when Michelle auditioned for "Where the Wild Things Are," the long delayed Maurice Sendak classic which Spike directed. Keep Reading...
Boffo! The caped crusader is back -- and he's annihilated the box office with a record-breaking opening weekend. "The Dark Knight" -- the latest installment in the Batman franchise -- earned an estimated $155.3 million in ticket sales for its opening weekend, reports Exhibitor Relations.
The blockbuster received heaps of praise from critics, most notably for the late Heath Ledger's eerie portrayal of Batman's nemesis, the Joker. Hollywood is buzzing with rumors that Ledger will receive a posthumous Oscar nod -- a suggestion that doesn't surprise his co-stars of "Dark Knight." At the NY premiere, actor Aaron Eckhart told "Extra" that Heath's performance was Oscar-worthy. "It wouldn't surprise me one bit," said Eckhart. "He deserves it."
Catch Batman and Joker's latest battle in "The Dark Knight," in theatres now.