On the most glamorous night of the year in Hollywood, it’s easy to get swept away in the glitz and glam. However, amongst the magic and luxury, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on those who couldn’t be there.
The 87th annual Academy Awards were held on Feb. 22 and, per tradition, there was a segment carved out specifically to recognize and pay tribute to those in the film industry whom we lost this year. The moment was touching and beautiful and totally fitting for all the talented individuals who we will miss terribly– but one snub left us feeling a bit blue.
Oscars In Memoriam
This was just heart wrenching and moving beyond words.
Of those who were paid tribute, Robin Williams certainly stood out as one which ripped our hearts right out of our chests.
Robin passed away late last year, and though each of their deaths was incredibly tragic, more prevailing than the sadness surrounding his passing is the legacy which he has left behind as one of the most influential comedians of all time.
Per tradition, the In Memoriam segment at the Oscars was made all the more touching by accompaniment of moving music. The segment was made all the more touching by the introduction. This year, perpetual nominee Meryl Streep (this year for Into the Woods) did the honors, and she said that, though they’re gone, their work in film made us laugh and cry and for that, they will live on.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Though it probably feels as such every year, while watching the heartbreaking montage, it truly did feel like we’ve lost more greats this year than ever before.
Along with Robin and Joan, the memoriam segment recognized Ruby Dee, Ann B. Davis, Casey Kasem, Lauren Bacall and Mike Nichols.
Notably not featured in the segment? Joan Rivers, who very famously covered awards show fashion and was inarguably a part of the community.
Gone, but certainly not forgotten and not forgotten anytime soon.
— Casey Mink