TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Who was the first actor to be posthumously nominated for an Oscar?

February 18, 2014 – Who was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination?

In 1956, James Dean was nominated for Best Leading Actor for his role in “East of Eden”. Dean died in a car accident on September 30, 1955, which made Dean the first actor in history to receive an Academy Award nomination posthumously.

In 1957, Dean was again nominated for Best Leading Actor, this time for his role in “Giant.” Dean remains the only person to receive two Academy Award nominations posthumously.
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