While Harold Ramis was included in the In Memoriam segment at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, one of his best friends made sure that he was truly honored — and gave him a shout out in the middle of the Oscars.
Bill Murray starred alongside Harold Ramis in five films and an off Broadway show, so it was no secret that they had a true friendship. When presenting the award for Best Cinematography with Amy Adams, Bill took the time to do an impromptu shout out to his friend who passed away on February 24.
Bill Murray Honors Harold Ramis At Oscars
After listing all the nominees — which included the teams behind Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Gravity, The Grandmaster and Gravity — Bill decided to add one one for Harold.
“We forgot one,” Bill, 63, said after they finished listing the nominees. “Harold Ramis, for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.”
The cameras showed Amy smiling and clapping, as well as the audience — American Hustle director David O. Russell and Tyler Perry both were shown applauding.
Bill Murray’s Friendship With Harold
Bill and Harold starred together in the films Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack and Groundhog Day and they took the stage together in the off Broadway production of National Lampoon Show.
“He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him,” Bill said in a statement to Time magazine after Harold’s passing. Harold passed away at the age of 69 due to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis.
What did you think of Bill’s shout out to Harold at the Oscars? Was it appropriate? Let us know!
— Emily Longeretta