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    Tom O'Neil
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    Yes, there were two times when the Oscars went to the dead guy: Heath Ledger and Peter Finch. Since Chadwick Boseman was so widely loved personally and admired professionally across Hollywood in recent years, it’s tempting to think that he’s invincible this year following his recent death from colon cancer.

    I need your help to jog my memory. I’m getting so old that I’ve forgotten any examples, but I vaguely recall now and then grumbling to myself over 30 years of reporting on Hollywood awards: Oh, they’ll obviously just give it to the dead guy” if one was nominated at the Oscars or Emmys. Then I’d be shocked by the ultimate winner, which usually turned out to be a hipster. What are good examples of when dead nominees lost at the Oscars, Globes, SAG or Emmys? I know that it’s happened often … but when?

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    Carrie Fisher at the Emmys in 2017 (Best Comedy Guest Actress, “Catastrophe”)

    Fred Willard at the Emmys in 2020 (Best Comedy Guest Actor, “Modern Family”)

    Lynn Shelton at the Emmys in 2020 (Best Limited/Movie Directing, “Little Fires Everywhere)

    There are more, but these are the three I remember off the top of my head.

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    I just remember James Dean at the Oscars, he was nominated twice and he lost anyway

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    What are good examples of when dead nominees lost at the Oscars, Globes, SAG or Emmys? I know that it’s happened often … but when?

    Hi Tom! The one that immediately comes to mind is Kathryn Joosten who was nominated in 2012 for the final season of Desperate Housewives and was the sole above the line nomination for the show that year. However she had already won two guest actress awards.

    The most recent person I can recall losing at the oscars for a posthumous nomination was Massimo Troisi for Il Postino.

    FYC:

    "The Good Fight" and "The Other Two" in all categories.

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    People who died and lost Emmys

    2020
    Lynn Shelton (Little Fires Everywhere) – Limited Directing, lost to Unorthodox

    Fred Willard (Modern Family) – Guest Comedy, lost to Eddie Murphy (SNL)

    2017
    Carrie Fisher (Catastrophe) – Guest Actress Comedy, lost to Melissa McCarthy (SNL)

    2012

    Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives) – Comedy Supporting Actress, lost to Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

    2009

    Farrah Fawcett (Farrah’s Story) – Nonfiction Special, lost to 102 Minutes That Changed America

    2005

    Ossie Davis (The L Word) – Drama Guest Actor, lost to Ray Liotta (ER)

    2004

    John Ritter (8 Simple Rules) – Comedy Lead Actor, lost to Kelsey Grammer (Fraiser)

    2000

    Nancy Marchand (The Sopranos) – Drama
    Supporting Actress, lost to Allison Janney (The West Wing)

    1998

    Phil Hartman (News Radio) – Comedy Supporting Actor, lost to David Hyde Pierce (Frasier)

    1985

    Nicholas Colasanto (Cheers) – Comedy Supporting Actor, lost to John Larroquette (Night Court)

    1984

    Richard Burton (Ellis Island) – Limited Supporting Actor, lost to Karl Madden (Fatal Vision)

    For comparison, people who died and won Emmys

    2019

    Anthony Bourdain (Parts Unknown) – Informational Series or Special (WON)

    Anthony Bourdain (Parts Uninowk) – Writing Informational Series (WON)

    2018

    Anthony Bourdain (Parts Unknown) – Informational Series or Special (WON)

    Anthony Bourdain (Parts Uninowk) – Writing Informational Series (WON)

    1995
    Raul Julia (The Burning Season) – Limited Actor (WOM)

    1993

    Audrey Hepburn (Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn) – Informational Programming (WON)

    1982
    Ingrid Bergman (A Woman Called Golda) – Limited Actress (WON)

    1977
    Diana Hyland (The Boy in the Plastic
    Bubble) – Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special (WOM)

    1968
    Marion Lorne (Bewitched) – Comedy Supporting Actress (WON)

    1966
    Alice Pearce (Bewitched) – Comedy Supporting Actress (WON)

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    Ralph Richardson posthumously lost Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars in 1984 to Haing S. Ngor.

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    Spencer Tracy, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967)

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    James Dean had two nominations and both were posthumous, he lost both.

    Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack were both nominated BP producers for The Reader, both had died by the time of the ceremony.

    August Wilson was nominated for Fences.

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    J.T. Walsh was posthumously nominated for an Emmy in 1998 for Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for the film “Hope”.

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