Luke Perry Was Left Out of the In Memoriam Montage at the Oscars—And People Are Upset
The Oscars 2020 ceremony didn’t have any big mistakes of the La La Land/Moonlight variety, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to criticize. Of course, there was the noticeable lack of representation for female filmmakers and people of color, which the show seemed to try to quell with interstitial segments celebrating them. Maybe next year we can just nominate them. Cool? Cool.
But there was also a notable omission from the show’s In Memoriam segment, which featured Billie Eilish singing “Yesterday”: Luke Perry. The actor died in March 2019 at the age of just 52, and while he was best known for TV shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and more recently Riverdale. he also appeared in a number of films. In fact, one of Perry’s final roles was in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. How do we leave out someone who’s in one of the best-picture contenders?
Fans (myself included) were rightfully upset on social media.
We bet Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t thrilled either. “I was immediately struck by his kindness,” he told Entertainment Weekly last year about Perry, his Once Upon a Time costar. “And talking about being a native of Los Angeles, being around this industry my entire life, and really having it in a lot of ways shape who I am, there was this immediate excitement in seeing Luke Perry on set. I remember being in my teens and he was the manifestation of the new [James] Dean on television and everyone was crazy about him. And I felt this overwhelming feeling of being star-struck. Then he and I got to sit down and talk about Los Angeles, the ’90s, his life, where his career had gone, where my career had gone, where his life had gone, where my life…and I was just so, how do I say this, the kindness of his character, I don’t know, it really affected me. When I heard that news it was really heartbreaking.”
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