During the "In Memoriam" segment at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, tribute was paid to a number of notables who died last year. As Billie Eilish performed a rendition of the Beatles' "Yesterday," attendees clapped for Kobe Bryant, Doris Day, Kirk Douglas, and many more.
But several beloved actors were left out of the segment, leaving people offended and confused.
Luke Perry, the Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale star who died of a stroke in 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.
Wait a minute? Let me see if I'm understanding this...the Oscars had a memoriam and somehow Luke Perry was excluded despite that he's in one of the nominated films?!
This felt like a particularly harsh snub considering Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was the last role he acted in, some pointed out.
shame on the academy for not including luke perry in the “in memoriam” tribute. seeing as ‘once upon a time in hollywood’ was the last film he made before he passed AND it was up for best picture, I have no words other than I’m disappointed.
So fucking pissed that Cameron Boyce and Luke Perry weren’t included in the #Oscars2020 memoriam.
Boyce's former Jessie costar, Skai Jackson, tweeted wondering why he was forgotten.
"It would have been nice if he acknowledged," she said.
Cameron Boyce??? Why did you guys forget about him? It would have been nice if he was acknowledged... Smh. #Oscars
Perry and Boyce weren't the only ones people pointed out had been excluded.
Sid Haig, a horror movie icon, died in September at 80 but was not mentioned.
Sid Haig was an absolute legend. A wonderful actor and a beautiful human being. For him to be blatantly ignored by 'The Academy' for their In Memoriam section is an absolute disgrace . And this also goes to Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce .
The #InMemoriam section did not include my beloved Tim Conway and the entire Oscar process needs to be investigated!
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.