A. D. Flowers
A. D. Flowers (February 22, 1917 – July 5, 2001) was an American special effects artist who was perhaps best known for his work on Tora! Tora! Tora!. For which he won an Academy Award. He also "created memorable scenes" for the films "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now".
A. D. Flowers
|Born||February 22, 1917|
Hillsboro, Texas, US
|Died||July 5, 2001 (aged 84)|
|Occupation||Visual effects artist|
|Spouse(s)||Vivian Lois Shea (1938–2001) (his death)|
He was born in Texas, but raised in Oklahoma. After high school, he went to California. There he obtained a job at MGM Studios as a "studio handyman". He served in the US Navy in World War II on USS Saranac in the Pacific War. After being discharged from the service he stayed in California and went back to work with a Hollywood studio. He died at age 84 of complications of emphysema and pneumonia.
All three were in the category of Best Visual Effects. With one being a Special Achievement win.
- 43rd Academy Awards-Tora! Tora! Tora! (shared with L. B. Abbott). Won.
- 45th Academy Awards-The Poseidon Adventure. Shared with L. B. Abbott. This was a Special Achievement Academy Award. 
- 52nd Academy Awards-Nominated for 1941. Nomination shared with William A. Fraker and Gregory Jein. Lost to Alien. 
- "A.D. Flowers; Won Oscars for Special Effects". LAtimes.com. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- The Associated Press (2001-08-24). "A. D. Flowers -- Special-Effects Coordinator, 84". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
- "The 43rd Academy Awards (1971) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- "The 45th Academy Awards (1973) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved March 22, 2014.