Earlier this year, August Wilson earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay to his Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1983 Broadway play, “Fences.” Wilson had written the script long before his death in 2005 at the age of 60.
There have been posthumous nominees and winners since the very first Oscars took place in May 1929. Over the years, there have been actors, filmmakers, producers, writers and composers who have died before the Oscar ceremonies.
For example, Sam Zimbalist, the producer of 1959’s Oscar-winning best film, “Ben-Hur,” died in late 1958 in Rome while the epic was still in production. He is still the only producer to win an Oscar posthumously.
Lyricist Howard Ashman, who died in 1991 of AIDS-related complication, received four posthumously song Oscar nominations winning the 1991 best song with composer Alan Menken for “Beauty and the Beast.
And the acclaimed cinematographer Conrad L. Hall died in January 2003 before earning his Oscar for 2002’s “Road to Perdition.”
So how well do you know your posthumous Academy Awards trivia? Some of these questions are easy, others are more challenging, but the Internet has all the answers if you find yourself stuck.
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