Everyone who has won a posthumous Oscar
As Hollywood's biggest night approaches, it's time to reflect on one of the more somber aspects of the Academy Awards: the posthumous Oscar.
The first ever was awarded in 1939, and since then, the Academy has occasionally seen fit to honor a nominee who has left us too soon. Some of the more famous have only secured a nomination — see: James Dean — but others have added Oscar gold to their legacy after they've gone.
In 2021, a new winner could be added to this list if the late Chadwick Boseman wins Best Actor for his work in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (and based on awards season thus far, he is the frontrunner in his category).
Here's a look at every single Academy Award winner who was honored posthumously.
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