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William A. Horning (1904–1959)


His two Oscar victories were posthumously: he died a month prior to the award in April 1959, when he won for his work in Gigi (1958) and later on he would receive two nominations in the Best Art Direction-Set Decoration category, for his works in North by Northwest (1959) and Ben-Hur (1959), winning for the latter. See more trivia »

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North by Northwest
North by Northwest Art Director
Ben-Hur Art Director
The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz Art Department
Gigi Art Director


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 1961 Fury River
 1959 Ben-Hur
 1959 The Lawless Years (TV Series) (8 episodes)
- The Big Man (1959)
- The Payoff (1959)
- No Fare (1959)
 1957-1959 The Thin Man (TV Series) (65 episodes)
- Bronze Bonze (1959)
- That's Gratitude (1959)
 1958-1959 Union Pacific (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- To the Death (1959)
- The Challenger (1958)
 1959 Ask Any Girl
 1959 One Step Beyond (TV Series) (15 episodes)
- The Aerialist (1959)
- The Secret (1959)
- The Navigator (1959)
 1959 Watusi
 1958-1959 Northwest Passage (TV Series) (13 episodes)
- The Deserter (1959)
- Stab in the Back (1959)
- The Witch (1959)
 1958 Party Girl
 1958 Torpedo Run
 1958 Gigi
 1958 The Sheepman
 1958 Merry Andrew
 1957 Les Girls
 1957 The Hired Gun
 1957 Man on Fire
 1957 Gun Glory
 1957 Slander
 1951 Quo Vadis
 1937 Conquest
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Like producer Sam Zimbalist, he was awarded his Oscar for "Ben-Hur" posthumously. He and Zimbalist both had died while the movie was still being filmed. See more »

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