Chadwick Boseman, other stars who received posthumous nominations

Written by on February 4, 2021

As the late ‘Black Panther’ star receives a nomination for Best Actor for his role in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, we reveal five other actors who were nominated after their deaths. looks back at actors who were nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association after their deaths.

Chadwick Boseman

The beloved Black Panther actor, who died in August last year following a four-year battle with colon cancer, was recognised for his role as trumpet player Levee Green in the 1920s-era film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The star received a posthumous nod in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) category at the Globes. The nomination follows his two NAACP Image Awards nominations last week and is almost certainly a precursor to an Oscar nomination, which will be announced on Monday, March 15.

James Dean

The star achieved Hollywood legend status despite only having starred in three films during his all-too-short career, dying aged 24 in a car crash in September 1955. Showing his star power in the enduring classics Rebel Without A Cause, Giant and East of Eden, it was the latter which won him a posthumous Special Achievement award at the 1956 Golden Globes. He went on to receive Best Actor nominations at the 1956 and 1957 Oscars for East of Eden and Giant, respectively.

Peter Finch

The Australian star, who died aged 28 in January 2008, was nominated for and won a Golden Globe in 2009 for Best Supporting Actor for his acclaimed portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight. The film’s director, Christopher Nolan, accepted the award on his behalf, and Ledger went on to become only the second person, after fellow Australian Finch, to win a posthumous Academy Award.

Spencer Tracy

One of the major stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Spencer Tracy died on June 10, 1967, at the age of 67. He was nominated posthumously for a Golden Globe in the Best Actor – Drama category for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and was also nominated for the same film for Best Actor at the following Academy Awards.

Raul Julia

The Puerto Rican star of the Addams Family films, in which he played family patriarch Gomez, died on October 24, 1994, aged 54. He won a Golden Globe in 1995 in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television for the 1994 TV film The Burning Season, which he had completed only months before his death. He would go on to posthumously win an Emmy Award.

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