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In Memoriam Oscars 2021: directors, actors and writers who died in 2020

The Academy Awards are not just for celebrating outstanding films of the last year. The ceremony will also pay tribute to AMPAS members who have passed away recently.

The Academy Awards are not just for celebrating outstanding films of the last year. The ceremony will also pay tribute to AMPAS members who have passed away recently.

Some of the biggest names in show business will be gathered in Los Angeles on Sunday evening to mark the 93rd Academy Awards. The most illustrious prizes in the movie industry will be dished out for 2020’s best films, but the ceremony also holds a more sombre purpose.

The Oscars are produced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the organisation which brings together professionals of the motion picture industry. The agency was estimated to include 9,921 professionals, as of April 2020, with a membership from all around the world.

The Oscars' award ceremonies include an In Memoriam segment where those gathered pay their respects to members of the Agency who have died in the past year. The first such event came in 1978, to mark the 50th edition of the Academy Awards, but it wasn’t until 1994 that it become a regular feature.

Former winners will be celebrated in Oscars 2021: In Memoriam

Given the enormous scope of AMPAS it is no surprise to see many legends of the silver screen included in this year’s In Memoriam segment. One of the most striking deaths of the last year was that of Chadwick Boseman, the late star who was posthumously nominated for Best Actor for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

There were also a number of former Oscars winners amongst those who passed away in the last year, such as the iconic Sean Connery who died aged 90. Connery was best known for his portrayal of British spy James Bond, which he did for the first seven films based on Ian Fleming’s novels.

Fellow former winners Olivia de Havilland, Cloris Leachman and Christopher Plummer will also feature in the ceremony on Sunday evening.

Here is the full list of actors, writers and directors from AMPAS who sadly passed away in the last year, with any Oscars they were awarded listed underneath:

Julie Bennett – Actors Branch

Warren Berlinger – Actors Branch

Walter Bernstein – Writers Branch

Chadwick Boseman – Actors Branch

Wilford Brimley – Actors Branch

Allan Burns – Writers Branch

Edd Byrnes – Actors Branch

Lewis John Carlino – Writers Branch

Jean-Claude Carrière – Writers Branch

 - 1962 (35th) Short Subject (Live Action) – “Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary)”

 - 2014 (87th) Honorary Award

Marge Champion – Actors Branch

Sean Connery – Actors Branch

 - 1987 (60th) Actor in a Supporting Role – “The Untouchables”

Linda Cristal – Actors Branch

Olivia de Havilland – Actors Branch

 - 1946 (19th) Actress – “To Each His Own”

 - 1949 (22nd) Actress – “The Heiress”

Brian Dennehy – Actors Branch

Kirk Douglas – Actors Branch

 - 1995 (68th) Honorary Award

Marj Dusay – Actors Branch

John Ericson – Actors Branch

Harriet Frank, Jr. – Writers Branch

David Giler – Writers Branch

Stuart Gordon – Directors Branch

Robert Harper – Actors Branch

Ronald Harwood – Writers Branch

 - 2002 (75th) Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – “The Pianist”

Monte Hellman – Directors Branch

Buck Henry – Writers Branch

Richard T. Herd – Actors Branch

Hal Holbrook – Actors Branch

Israel Horovitz – Writers Branch

Peter H. Hunt – Directors Branch

Robert C. Jones – Writers Branch

 - 1978 (51st) Writing (Screenplay written directly for the screen) – “Coming Home”

Jack Kehoe – Actors Branch

Irrfan Khan – Actors Branch

Bruce Kirby – Actors Branch

Shirley Knight – Actors Branch

Cloris Leachman – Actors Branch

 - 1971 (44th) Actress in a Supporting Role – “The Last Picture Show”

William Link – Writers Branch

Kurt M. Luedtke – Writers Branch

 - 1985 (58th) Writing (Screenplay based on material from another medium) – “Out of Africa”

Helen McCrory – Actors Branch

Larry McMurtry – Writers Branch

 - 2005 (78th) Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – “Brokeback Mountain”

Terrence McNally – Writers Branch

Loring Mandel – Writers Branch

Malcolm Marmorstein – Writers Branch

Jiri Menzel – Directors Branch

Alan Parker – Directors Branch

Christopher Plummer – Actors Branch

 - 2011 (84th) Actor in a Supporting Role – “Beginners”

Kelly Preston – Actors Branch

Elsa Raven – Actors Branch

Carl Reiner – Actors Branch

Gene Reynolds – Actors Branch

Allan Rich – Actors Branch

Peter Mark Richman – Actors Branch

Diana Rigg – Actors Branch

Joe Ross – Actors Branch

Reni Santoni – Actors Branch

John Saxon – Actors Branch

Murray Schisgal – Writers Branch

Joel Schumacher – Directors Branch

George Segal – Actors Branch

John Herman Shaner – Writers Branch

Lynn Shelton – Directors Branch

Geno Silva – Actors Branch

Joan Micklin Silver – Directors Branch

Bertrand Tavernier – Directors Branch

Cicely Tyson – Actors Branch

 - 2018 (91st) Honorary Award

Max von Sydow – Actors Branch

Jessica Walter – Actors Branch

Stuart Whitman – Actors Branch

Fred Willard – Actors Branch


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