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This is a list of posthumous Academy Award winners and nominees. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annually presents Academy Awards in both competitive and honorary categories. This list includes posthumous winners and nominees of the Academy's competitive awards, as well as posthumous winners of its honorary awards.
|Name||Date of death||Ceremony||Film year||Academy Award||Film||Winner||Notes|
|Marit Allen||November 26, 2007||80th||2007||Best Costume Design||La Vie en Rose|
|Howard Ashman||March 14, 1991||64th||1991||Best Music (Song)||Beauty and the Beast||Won|
|65th||1992||Best Music (Song)||Aladdin|
|Joseph H. August||September 25, 1947||21st||1948||Best Cinematography||Portrait of Jennie|
|Robert Alan Aurthur||November 20, 1978||52nd||1979||Best Picture||All That Jazz|
|52nd||1979||Best Original Screenplay||All That Jazz|
|Chadwick Boseman||August 28, 2020||93rd||2020||Best Actor||Ma Rainey's Black Bottom|
|Mario Cecchi Gori||November 5, 1993||68th||1995||Best Picture||Il Postino|
|Frank Churchill||May 14, 1942||15th||1942||Best Music (Scoring)||Bambi|
|15th||1942||Best Music (Song)||Bambi|
|Allen Davey||March 5, 1946||18th||1945||Best Cinematography||A Song to Remember|
|James Dean||September 30, 1955||28th||1955||Best Actor||East of Eden|
|Walt Disney||December 15, 1966||41st||1968||Best Short Film (Animated)||Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day||Won|
|Gail Dolgin||October 7, 2010||84th||2011||Best Documentary (Short Subject)||The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement|
|Gerald Duffy||June 25, 1928||1st||1927 / 1928||Best Writing||The Private Life of Helen of Troy|
|Jeanne Eagels||October 3, 1929||2nd||1928 / 1929||Best Actress||The Letter|
|William Ferrari||September 10, 1962||36th||1963||Best Art Direction||How the West Was Won|
|Peter Finch||January 14, 1977||49th||1976||Best Actor||Network||Won|
|Gil Friesen||December 13, 2012||86th||2013||Best Documentary Feature||20 Feet from Stardom||Won|
|George Gershwin||July 11, 1937||10th||1937||Best Music (Song)||Shall We Dance|
|Stuart Gilmore||November 19, 1971||44th||1971||Best Film Editing||The Andromeda Strain|
|Thomas C. Goodwin||December 11, 1992||65th||1992||Best Documentary (Short Subject)||Educating Peter||Won|
|Conrad Hall||January 4, 2003||75th||2002||Best Cinematography||Road to Perdition||Won|
|David Hall||July 23, 1964||38th||1965||Best Art Direction||The Greatest Story Ever Told|
|Dale Hennesy||July 20, 1981||55th||1982||Best Art Direction||Annie|
|Bernard Herrmann||December 24, 1975||49th||1976||Best Music (Scoring)||Obsession|
|49th||1976||Best Music (Scoring)||Taxi Driver|
|Gordon Hollingshead||July 8, 1952||25th||1952||Best Short Film (Live Action)||Desert Killer|
|25th||1952||Best Short Film (Live Action)||Thar She Blows!|
|William A. Horning||March 2, 1959||31st||1958||Best Art Direction||Gigi||Won|
|32nd||1959||Best Art Direction||Ben-Hur||Won|
|32nd||1959||Best Art Direction||North by Northwest|
|Sidney Howard||August 23, 1939||12th||1939||Best Writing||Gone with the Wind||Won|
|John Hubley||February 21, 1977||50th||1977||Best Short Film (Animated)||A Doonesbury Special|
|Eiko Ishioka||January 21, 2012||85th||2012||Best Costume Design||Mirror Mirror|
|Bert Kalmar||September 18, 1947||24th||1951||Best Music (Song)||The Strip|
|Jerome Kern||November 11, 1945||18th||1945||Best Music (Scoring)||Can't Help Singing|
|18th||1945||Best Music (Song)||Can't Help Singing|
|19th||1946||Best Music (Song)||Centennial Summer|
|William Kiernan||November 19, 1973||46th||1973||Best Art Direction||The Way We Were|
|Frederic Knudtson||February 14, 1964||36th||1963||Best Film Editing||It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World|
|Albert Lamorisse||June 2, 1970||51st||1978||Best Documentary (Feature)||The Lovers' Wind|
|Heath Ledger||January 22, 2008||81st||2008||Best Supporting Actor||The Dark Knight||Won|
|Boris Leven||October 11, 1986||59th||1986||Best Art Direction||The Color of Money|
|Walt Martin||July 24, 2014||87th||2014||Best Sound Mixing||American Sniper|
|William C. Mellor||April 30, 1963||38th||1965||Best Cinematography||The Greatest Story Ever Told|
|Anthony Minghella||March 18, 2008||81st||2008||Best Picture||The Reader|
|James V. Monaco||October 16, 1945||19th||1946||Best Music (Song)||The Dolly Sisters|
|Alfred Newman||February 17, 1970||43rd||1970||Best Music (Scoring)||Airport|
|Joseph O'Brien||March 30, 1945||18th||1945||Best Short Film (Live Action)||Your National Gallery|
|Bridget O'Connor||September 22, 2010||84th||2011||Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy|
|Eric Orbom||May 23, 1959||33rd||1960||Best Art Direction||Spartacus||Won|
|Arnold Perl||December 11, 1971||45th||1972||Best Documentary (Feature)||Malcolm X|
|Sydney Pollack||May 26, 2008||81st||2008||Best Picture||The Reader|
|Raymond Rasch||December 23, 1964||45th||1952||Best Music (Scoring)||Limelight||Won|
|Gretchen Rau||March 29, 2006||79th||2006||Best Art Direction||The Good Shepherd|
|Ralph Richardson||October 10, 1983||57th||1984||Best Supporting Actor||Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes|
|Richard H. Riedel||March 18, 1960||32nd||1959||Best Art Direction||Pillow Talk|
|Larry Russell||February 14, 1954||45th||1952||Best Music (Scoring)||Limelight||Won|
|Tess Slesinger||February 21, 1945||18th||1945||Best Writing||A Tree Grows in Brooklyn|
|Carol Sobieski||November 4, 1990||64th||1991||Best Writing||Fried Green Tomatoes|
|Gile Steele||January 16, 1952||24th||1951||Best Costume Design||Kind Lady|
|24th||1951||Best Costume Design||The Great Caruso|
|25th||1952||Best Costume Design||The Merry Widow|
|Harry Stradling||February 14, 1970||42nd||1969||Best Cinematography||Hello, Dolly!|
|Harry W. Tetrick||February 17, 1977||49th||1976||Best Sound||King Kong|
|Spencer Tracy||June 10, 1967||40th||1967||Best Actor||Guess Who's Coming to Dinner|
|Massimo Troisi||June 4, 1994||68th||1995||Best Actor||Il Postino|
|68th||1995||Best Writing||Il Postino|
|Lamar Trotti||August 28, 1952||27th||1954||Best Writing||There's No Business Like Show Business|
|Geoffrey Unsworth||October 28, 1978||53rd||1980||Best Cinematography||Tess||Won|
|August Wilson||October 2, 2005||89th||2016||Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay||Fences|
|Robert L. Wolfe||February 28, 1981||54th||1981||Best Film Editing||On Golden Pond|
|Victor Young||November 10, 1956||29th||1956||Best Music (Scoring)||Around the World in 80 Days||Won|
|29th||1956||Best Music (Song)||Written on the Wind|
|Sam Zimbalist||November 4, 1958||32nd||1959||Best Picture||Ben-Hur||Won|
|Name||Date of death||Ceremony||Film year||Academy Award||Notes|
|Robert Benjamin||October 22, 1979||52nd||1979||Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award|
|Les Bowie||January 27, 1979||51st||1978||Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects) for Superman|
|Theo Brown||April 30, 2002||82nd||2009||Scientific and Technical Award (Scientific and Engineering Award)|
|Douglas Fairbanks||December 12, 1939||12th||1939||Academy Honorary Award|
|Chuck Gaspar||January 15, 2009||86th||2013||Scientific or Technical Award (Technical Achievement Award)|
|Audrey Hepburn||January 20, 1993||65th||1992||Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award|
|Werner Hopf||November 28, 1953||32nd||1959||Scientific and Technical Award (Class II)|
|George Kraemer||January 18, 1993||65th||1992||Scientific and Technical Award (Scientific and Engineering Award)|
|John D. Lowry||January 21, 2012||84th||2011||Scientific and Technical Award (Scientific and Engineering Award)|
|Charles Miller||13th||1940||Scientific or Technical Award (Class I)|
|Jürgen Noffke||November 7, 2011||84th||2011||Scientific and Technical Award (Scientific and Engineering Award)|
|Edward G. Robinson||January 26, 1973||45th||1972||Honorary Award|
|Louis Stankiewicz||54th||1981||Scientific or Technical Award (Technical Achievement Award)|
|Geoffrey H. Williamson||January 20, 1993||65th||1992||Scientific and Technical Award (Scientific and Engineering Award)|
The list does not include people who were retrospectively honoured with an Academy Award and were dead at the time the Academy made the decision to make the retrospective award. For example: in 1993, seventeen years after his death, Dalton Trumbo was retrospectively awarded the 1953 Oscar for Academy Award for Best Story for Roman Holiday . It had been previously awarded to Ian McLellan Hunter. However, Hunter was merely a front for Trumbo, because Trumbo was blacklisted at the time and it was not possible for his name to appear in either the film's credits or the Academy Award nomination (hence, it was not generally known that he was the real screenwriter). Trumbo did not die until 1976, and under normal circumstances he would have received this award in person in 1953; hence the Academy does not consider this a posthumous award but a correction of the record.
Similarly, the Oscar for Best Screenplay (Adaptation) for The Bridge on the River Kwai was originally awarded to Pierre Boulle, but only in 1984 corrected to honor the actual screenwriters, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, who were on the Hollywood blacklist at the time and could only work on the film in secret. By the time this correction was made, both Foreman and Wilson had died, but the award does not qualify for an entry in the above list.
James Dalton Trumbo was an American screenwriter and novelist who scripted many award-winning films, including Roman Holiday (1953), Exodus, Spartacus, and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944). One of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry.
The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is an Academy Award awarded each year to a cinematographer for work on one particular motion picture.
The Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best screenplay adapted from previously established material. The most frequently adapted media are novels, but other adapted narrative formats include stage plays, musicals, short stories, TV series, and even other films and film characters. All sequels are also considered adaptations by this standard.
Howard Elliott Ashman was an American playwright, lyricist and stage director. He collaborated with composer Alan Menken on several works and is most widely known for his work on feature films for Walt Disney Animation Studios, for which Ashman wrote the lyrics and Menken composed the music. After his death, some of Ashman's songs were included in another Disney film, Aladdin (1992) with Tim Rice taking over after Ashman's death. He was survived by his still living partner Bill Lauch.
Michael Wilson was an American screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood film studios during the era of McCarthyism for being a communist.
Geoffrey Gilyard Unsworth, OBE, BSC was a British cinematographer who worked on nearly 90 feature films spanning over more than 40 years. He is best known for his work on films such as Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bob Fosse's Cabaret and Richard Donner's Superman.
The 65th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored films released in 1992 in the United States and took place on March 29, 1993, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles beginning at 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards in 23 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Gil Cates and directed by Jeff Margolis. Actor Billy Crystal hosted the show for the fourth consecutive year. In related events, during a ceremony held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on March 6, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Sharon Stone.
The 40th Academy Awards honored film achievements of 1967. Originally scheduled for April 8, 1968, the awards were postponed to two days later, April 10, 1968, because of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Bob Hope was once again the host of the ceremony.
The 27th Academy Awards honored the best films released in 1954. The Best Picture winner, On the Waterfront, was produced by Sam Spiegel and directed by Elia Kazan. It had twelve nominations and eight wins, matching two other films, Gone with the Wind (1939) and From Here to Eternity (1953), though those each had thirteen nominations.
The 35th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1962, were held on April 8, 1963, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, hosted by Frank Sinatra.
During the 29th Academy Awards, the regular competitive category of Best Foreign Language Film was introduced, instead of only being recognized as a Special Achievement Award or as a Best Picture nominee. The first winner in this new category was Federico Fellini's La Strada with Anthony Quinn and a second nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Its win would help spur an interest in foreign-language films. Another Fellini film, Nights of Cabiria would win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in the following year.
The 30th Academy Awards ceremony was held on March 26, 1958, to honor the best films of 1957.
Ian McLellan Hunter was an English screenwriter, best remembered for fronting for the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo as the credited writer of Roman Holiday in 1953. Hunter was himself later blacklisted.
William Allen Horning was an American two-time Academy Award winner. He was married to Esther Montgomery until his death. Together they had three sons.
Christopher Trumbo was an American television writer, screenwriter and playwright. Trumbo was considered an expert on the McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist. His father, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, was blacklisted by Hollywood for nearly a decade for refusing to testify to Congress, as one of a group known as The Hollywood Ten.
Trumbo is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Jay Roach and written by John McNamara. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Michael Stuhlbarg as Edward G. Robinson, Dean O'Gorman as Kirk Douglas, and David James Elliott as John Wayne. The film follows the life of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and is based on the 1977 biography Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook. The film was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015, and was released on November 6, 2015, by Bleecker Street. The film received generally positive reviews, with Bryan Cranston being nominated for several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor.