As Billie Eilish finished paying tribute to the stars who passed away in 2019 during last night’s In Memoriam Oscars segment, fans of 1990s icon Luke Perry were stunned to see that the Beverly Hills, 90210 leading man wasn’t included.
Initially, people assumed that Perry’s absence from the honors was just an oversight by Oscar producers. After all, the actor—who died last March after suffering a stroke—is known worldwide and starred in a number of films, not to mention that his last role was in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 Best Picture nominee Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. A statement provided to E! News by the Academy instead implies that, based on time and other considerations, a committee decided that Perry didn’t make the cut.
“The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment,” a representative wrote. “An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time.”
Other snubbed deceased included Disney’s Cameron Boyce, The Carol Burnett Show legend Tim Conway, and action/horror star Sid Haig, most famous for Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses trilogy.
The Academy assures fans that Perry and Boyce will at least be remembered online…for a while anyway: “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.”
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