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.
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 Memoriamlist which includes all the names of cinematic industry icons that have passed away.
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.