Whilst you can find a perception that Oscar voters have a sentimental streak in this sort of cases, the selection of performers who have garnered nominations — significantly fewer won — continues to be small.
The only recipients in performing types ended up Peter Finch, for his purpose as the crazed anchorman Howard Beale in “Network” in 1977 and Heath Ledger, who gained greatest supporting actor for portraying the Joker in “The Dim Knight” after an accidental drug overdose in 2008, at age 28.
The total list of posthumous nominees consists of just 1 woman, Jeanne Eagels, who turned the very first actor to earn a posthumous nomination for the early talkie “The Letter,” released in 1929.
The other actors nominated, in get, had been James Dean (2 times, for “East of Eden” and “Huge”), Spencer Tracy (“Guess Who’s Coming to Supper”), Ralph Richardson (“Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes”), and Massimo Troisi (“Il Postino”).
Beyond Finch and Ledger, there have also been winners in other categories, among the them Walt Disney for a Winnie the Pooh short movie in 1969, Disney lyricist Howard Ashman (“Beauty and the Beast”), author Sidney Howard (“Gone With the Wind”) and composer Victor Youthful (“All around the Earth in 80 Days”).