Perry was not mentioned, despite appearing in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which won two awards.
During the “In Memoriam” segment at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, a tribute was paid to a number of people in the film industry who passed away last year. As Billie Eilish performed a rendition of the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” viewers saw Actors, Casting directors, Cinematographers, Screenwriters, and other film professionals pictures.
But several beloved actors were left out of the segment, leaving people offended and confused.
Luke Perry, known best for Beverly Hills, 90210, who died of a stroke last March at age 52, was not included in the “In Memoriam” — despite making a cameo in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which won two Oscars at Sunday’s show. He also was the main actor in the film 8 seconds in 1994.
Carol Burnett Show star Tim Conway, who died in May at 85, was not mentioned either.
Valerie Harper, “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and “Rhoda” star, passed away last August at age 80 and had no mention the the program.
Cameron Boyce who starred in many movies (Mirrors, Grown Ups 1 & 2 and many more) passed away suddenly at the age of 20 last July and also did not get a mention.
When asked about the stars’ exclusion, a spokesperson for the Academy said it receives “hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment.”
“An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time,” the spokesperson said.
However, Perry, Boyce, Haig, and Conway are honored in an “In Memoriam” photo gallery on the Oscars website, which includes many more stars who have died, the spokesperson added.