John Travolta was on hand to present the In Memoriam segment at Sunday’s Oscars, putting out a sweet call out to his Late Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John Before Lenny Kravitz performed his song “Calling All Angels”. But it’s the actors and filmmakers who was not Add to this the TV tributes that received even more notice — and the biggest misses this year included Anne Heche, Tom Sizemore, Paul Sorvino, Leslie Jordan, and Charlby Dean.
triangle of sadness Star Dean was most notable as his film received several nominations including Best Picture. The South African actor and model died of bacterial sepsis in August at the age of 32.
Heche, who starred six days seven nights And donnie brasco, Died that same month from respiratory and thermal injuries after crashing his car into a home in Los Angeles.
goodfellas Actor Sorvino, who died in July at the age of 83, may not have been remembered during the show, but his Academy Award-winning daughter Mira made sure he hasn’t been forgotten. After he was overlooked on TV, she shared a tribute on social media.
Servant And disgusting life actor Jordan, who died in a car crash in October at age 67, and Fiddler on the Roof Star Chaim Topol, who died on March 8 at the age of 87, was also released. so was saving Private Ryan Actor Sizemore, who passed away on March 3 at the age of 61 after suffering from a brain aneurysm.
lost Highway And in cold blood Actor Robert Blake, who died on March 9 at the age of 89, was also released. But viewers got a clue when, before the segment, host Jimmy Kimmel jokingly asked the audience at the Dolby Theater if they thought of Blake – who went on trial in 2001 for the murder of his wife, Bonnie Lee Beckley were acquitted – should be included.
Quitting that there was a new “interactive part” of the show, Kimmel urged viewers, “Everyone please put out your phones, even at home, it’s time to vote. If you feel that Robert Blake should be part of the in memoriam montage, text ‘GIMME-A-Blake’ to your screen, or any number.”
Others not included were Gilbert Gottfried, Estelle Harris and Lisa Marie Presley.
However, it should be noted that many of those left out of the televised tribute – including Sorvino, Heche, Sizemore and Dean – are included in the Oscars’ larger Online In-Memoriam Gallery,
Stars attending the tribute included Raquel Welch, Kirstie Alley, James Caan, Ray Liotta, Angela Lansbury, Irene Cara and musician Burt Bacharach.
Travolta introduced the segment and became emotional as he mentioned his late co-star and friend Newton-John, who died of metastatic breast cancer in August.
“They have touched our hearts. They have made us smile, and have become dear friends to whom we will forever be devoted,” said Travolta, barely getting out his last few words. There is, of course, “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” the song sung by Newton-John’s Sandy about Travolta’s Danny in the 1978 film.