UPDATED with video: Kobe Bryant led off the Oscar telecast’s In Memoriam phase and Kirk Douglas was the final movie persona it honored.
The annual portion late within the present, launched this time by Steven Spielberg and sung by Grammy winner Billie Eilish, appeared to keep away from main controversy. One factor that helped reduce nitpicking was the memorial reel’s timing in between beautiful wins by Parasite, which dominated the night time’s closing hour. Nonetheless, the dearth of mentions for Luke Perry, Jan-Michael Vincent, Michael J. Pollard and Tim Conway, amongst others, did elicit some grumbles on social media.
Vincent was nominated for a Golden Globe for his flip in Going House. Perry, although recognized for TV roles and acknowledged ultimately September’s Emmys, appeared in movies akin to this yr’s multiple-category nominee As soon as Upon a Time In Hollywood. Conway, equally, gained fame on TV however appeared in a number of movies, together with comedies with Don Knotts.
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Pollard was maybe the most important omission, as he was nominated for an Oscar in 1968 for his supporting efficiency in Bonnie & Clyde.
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Final yr’s In Memoriam sequence skipped a number of large names, together with Singin’ within the Rain director Stanley Donen, who died three days earlier than final yr’s Oscar ceremony. (He was included on this yr’s reel.) Additionally lacking from the 2019 tribute have been Star Wars and American Graffiti producer Gary Kurtz, actress Carol Channing, experimental filmmaker Jonas Mekas and advertising and distribution govt Mark Urman.
Bryant, who died alongside together with his daughter and 7 different folks in a helicopter crash final month, received an Oscar in 2018 for the animated brief, Pricey Basketball, which he wrote and narrated. The Los Angeles Lakers nice acquired tributes Sunday night time from a number of Oscar present attendees, together with Spike Lee, who wore a purple and gold tuxedo emblazoned with Bryant’s No. 24.
The dying of Douglas late final week at age 103, raised questions in business circles about how he can be honored on the present. He wound up occupying the place of honor on the very finish of the reel, his picture lingering as Billie Eilish and Finneas completed their rendition of “Yesterday,” which they carried out because the reel performed.