During the 2020 Oscars, Luke Perry and other stars who passed away in 2019 were not recognized during the in memoriam segment of the show, prompting many to wonder why they were excluded.
The yearly segment honors Hollywood talent who’ve passed away in the past year. This year, Billie Eilish sang a cover of The Beatles’ “Yesterday” while onscreen photos of Kirk Douglas, Diahann Caroll, Danny Aiello, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were highlighted in the reel.
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On Monday, February 10, the Academy released a statement about their decision process behind their in memoriam segment.
“The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment,” the statement read. “An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time. All the submissions are included on Oscar.com and will remain on the site throughout the year. Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce are remembered in the Oscar.com gallery.”
Besides Perry, other notable stars who passed away in 2019 and were not included in the tribute. Cameron Boyce, a Disney Channel star who starred in the Descendants franchise, Airwolf actor Jan-Michael Vincent, Bonnie and Clyde star Michael J. Pollard, and Tim Conway who portrayed Mr. Tudball in The Carol Burnett Show, are among the many who were not featured.
Due to having select only a few for the on-air segment, many have suggested that the Oscars just no have the segment at all.