So touching. At the 2015 Emmy Awards, the show paid tribute to all the television titans we’ve lost this year. Legendary actors Leonard Nimoy, Jan Hooks and Joan Rivers were honored, along with many others, and it was a poignant reminder of how much they will be missed.
It’s always the most heart wrenching portion of the Emmy Awards: the in memoriam tribute. At the 2015 show, on Sept. 20, that definitely remained true. As the faces of all those television contributors we lost this year flashed before our eyes, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” accompanied the montage, adding to the somber tone. Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy, who passed away in February, was acknowledged as was SNL star Jan Hooks and legendary behind the scenes players Wes Craven and Mike Nichols. There was not a dry eye in the house, however, the brief moment of remembrance was a fantastic way to honor all of these heavy hitters.
The one thing we can be sure of on an evening like this, is that when you make a lasting impact, you will never be forgotten.
Perhaps the biggest loss the television industry has felt this year was that of Leonard Nimoy. The actor, who of course originated the role of Mr. Spock, died back in February at the age of 83, and fans around the world mourned television’s tragic loss. In fact, the hashtag #LiveLongAndProsper, which was Spock’s famous mantra, began to trend all over the world. The montage even ended with those famous words.
Another heavy hitter we lost this year, Anne Meara, was also honored. Anne, who is the mother of Ben Stiller, died back in May, and her loss continues to be felt. The entire segment was gut-wrenching, reminding us that Parks and Recreation writer, Harris Wittels passed away this year, as did The Simpsons writer Sam Simon as well as Frank Gifford.
It’s so hard to see all those who will no longer be making incredible television for us, but their families, friends and fans can take comfort knowing that they continue to be so loved.
— Casey Mink