The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has come under fire for excluding Luke Perry from the In Memoriam tribute during this year’s Oscar Awards. Now, they’ve released a statement to explain why.
Luke Perry shocked Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale fans worldwide for his untimely death on March 4, 2019, after suffering a fatal stroke. He was 52-years-old at the time. Many people were so affected by his passing that it was questionable why he would be absent from the tribute reel during the prominent awards show, especially since he was also part of the cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which was nominated this year for Best Picture.
In a statement released by the Academy and published by The Hollywood Reporter, they explained how they select the people who will be featured in the tribute “based on the limited available time.”
They wrote: “The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment. An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time. All the submissions are included on Oscar.com and will remain on the site throughout the year.”
They went on to share that both Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce, a young Disney actor who also passed away last July at the age of 20, are featured in the Oscar.com gallery.
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