The '50s Oscar nominees still around are so few, and their number plummeted further with four back-to-back obits:
Tullio Pinelli (1908-2009), died March 7. Best Writing nominee: I Vitelloni (1953) and La Strada (1954), plus two '60s noms.
Betsy Blair (1923-2009), died March 13. Best Supporting Actress nominee: Marty (1955).
Millard Kaufman (1917-2009), died March 14. Best Writing nominee: Take the High Ground! (1953) and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955).
Jack Lawrence (1912-2009), died March 15. Best Song nominee for Susan Slept Here (1954)