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In Memoriam Oscars 2022: directors, actors and writers who died in 2021

As the pandemic raged for a second year, 2021 saw the deaths of many Hollywood stars who the film community will pay tribute to at the Oscars on Sunday.

As the pandemic raged for a second year, 2021 saw the deaths of many Hollywood stars who the film community will be tribute to at the Oscars on Sunday.

2022 Oscars in "stories"

The 94th Academy Awards will return on Sunday at their usual location and with three hosts, Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes. All of the biggest names in the business will make an appearance and while typically seen as a time to celebrate the greatest films of the year, the award ceremony also pays tribute to members of the film community who died in the year prior. 

Each year, since 1994, the Oscars have included an In Memoriam segment. This year will be no different, and as the awards are held during the backdrop of a global pandemic and violent conflict on nearly every continent, it takes on a new sentiment.

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 In Memoriam 2021

The Oscars are produced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the organization which brings together professionals of the motion picture industry. Each year in the lead up to the In Memoriam list which includes all the names of cinematic industry icons that have passed away.

2021 In Memorium

  • Brad Allan – Members-at-Large
  • Michael Apted – Documentary Branch

  • Edward Asner – Actors Branch
  • Martin R. Bauer -- Associates
  • Walter Bernstein – Writers Branch

  • Perry Botkin, Jr. – Music Branch

  • Allan Burns – Writers Branch

  • Jean-Claude Carrière – Writers Branch

  • Michael Constantine – Actors Branch
  • Alex Cord – Actors Branch
  • Jack Couffer – Cinematographers Branch
  • Kellam de Forest – Production Design Branch
  • Richard D. Donner – Directors Branch
  • Olympia Dukakis – Actors Branch
  • John Erman – Directors Branch
  • Graeme Ferguson – Documentary Branch
  • Robin French – Members-at-Large
  • Lester H. Fresholtz – Sound Branch

  • Charles Fries – Executives Branch
  • John Gabriel – Actors Branch
  • Leon Gast – Documentary Branch
Larry Gelman – Actors Branch
  • Arlene Golonka – Actors Branch
  • Alberto Grimaldi – Producers Branch

  • Charles Grodin – Actors Branch
  • Lee Curtis Harman – Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
  • Jerome Hellman – Producers Branch
Monte Hellman – Directors Branch
  • Chuck Hicks – Actors Branch
  • Hal Holbrook – Actors Branch

  • John Hora – Cinematographers Branch
  • Robert C. Jones – Writers Branch

  • Bruce Kirby – Actors Branch
  • Louis Lazzara – Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
  • Cloris Leachman – Actors Branch
Norman Lloyd – Actors Branch
  • Helen McCrory – Actors Branch
  • Gavin MacLeod – Actors Branch
  • Larry McMurtry – Writers Branch
Isidore Mankofsky – Cinematographers Branch
  • Wolfgang E. Marum – Associates
  • Art Metrano – Actors Branch
  • Alan Robert Murray – Sound Branch
Roy Naisbitt – Short Films and Feature Animation Branch
  • Marcia Nasatir – Executives Branch
  • Donald B. Nunley – Associates
  • Christopher Plummer – Actors Branch

  • Anthony Powell – Costumes Designers Branch
Jane Powell – Actors Branch
  • Peter Mark Richman – Actors Branch
  • Ronald Roose – Film Editors Branch
  • Richard Rush – Directors Branch
George Segal – Actors Branch
Robert A. Sidell – Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch
  • Lynn A. Stalmaster – Casting Directors Branch
Aaron Stern – Associates
  • Mark Tarlov – Producers Branch
  • Bertrand Tavernier – Directors Branch
  • Bill Taylor – Visual Effects Branch
Stacy Title – Short Films and Feature Animation Branch
  • Cicely Tyson – Actors Branch
Buddy Van Horn – Members-at-Large
  • Chick Vennera – Actors Branch
  • Jessica Walter – Actors Branch
  • Michael K. Williams – Actors Branch
  • Jane Withers – Actors Branch
  • Jerry Ziesmer – Members-at-Large

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

One does not to have been a member of AMPAS to be included in the tribute, rather a committee selects the individuals based on their contribution to cinematic history. The committee will typically eliminate those who are better known for roles they played on Broadway or on television. This could be why some names like Betty White will not be mentioned during the segment this year.


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