But as is often the case, Oscar producers are facing backlash for who they chose to include and exclude from the annual In Memoriam segment, which pays tribute to the film industry professionals who died in the past year.
This year, though, the producers failed to include one of the key stars of Triangle of Sadness, one of the 10 movies that competed for the Best Picture prize.
The South African actor died in New York City of bacterial sepsis linked to the removal of her spleen in 2009 following a car accident.
Her death shocked the cast and crew of Triangle of Sadness, a satirical look at the über-wealthy set on a luxury yacht, in which Dean played a celebrity model and influencer.
“Charlbi's sudden passing is a shock and a tragedy,” director Ruben Östlund wrote on Instagram after her death. “It is an honor to have gotten to know and work with her.
“Charlbi had a care and sensitivity that lifted her colleagues and the entire film crew,” Östlund added. “The thought that she will not be by our side in the future makes me very sad.”
Östlund was among the guests at Sunday’s awards show, having been nominated for Best Director.
The film’s stars — including Harris Dickinson and Dolly de Leon — were also seated in the audience.
And while the movie didn’t take home any Oscar statues, it was Dean’s exclusion from the In Memoriam segment that upset many viewers.
To many people, Dean’s absence was all the more shocking given that she played a leading role in a film with multiple nominations.
According to Washington Post reporter Jada Yuan, guests at the party for Triangle of Sadness distributor Neon were also upset by the snub.
Viewers were encouraged to visit an In Memoriam section of the Oscars website, where Dean was included.
Every year, Academy organizers receive hundreds of requests for people's loved ones to be featured in the televised segment. An executive committee representing every branch of the Academy then meets to make the final decisions on who to include in the limited available time.
Despite Dean not being included in the final telecast, fans vowed to remember her performance forever.