As it is every year, there was an In Memoriam segment during Sunday’s Oscars to remember all the talented people the acting community lost over the past 12 months. The remembrance started with an image of Kobe Bryant, who won an Oscar in 2018, and the music accompaniment was provided by Billie Eilish and her brother who performed a version of “Yesterday” by the Beatles.
But it didn’t take long for viewers to notice that several people who passed away the past year were not included in the package. One of them was Luke Perry, who had a cameo in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which was nominated for 10 Oscars.
Now two of the most creative and talented men I have ever known, loved, and lost have not been mentioned in the #oscars memoriam. First, my Dad Aaron Spelling who passed in 2006 and now my friend Luke Perry who passed in 2019. 😢
— Tori Spelling (@torispelling) February 11, 2020
On Monday, Perry’s “Beverly Hills 90120” co-star Tori Spelling shared her disappointment over him being excluded.
“Now two of the most creative and talented men I have ever known, loved, and lost have not been mentioned in the #oscars memoriam. First, my Dad Aaron Spelling who passed in 2006 and now my friend Luke Perry who passed in 2019,” she wrote.
Spelling’s dad was the producer of “90210,” as well as many other successful television shows.
Fans agreed with Spelling’s outrage. “It’s disgraceful. It hurt me, so I can’t imagine how much it hurt you. Thanks for speaking up
so sorry, just remember—true fans won’t ever forget them. So much heartbreak right now,” one said.
“The Academy should make sure to go through the memorial list before showing it to the world this is happening to many times don’t they realize they hurting the family even more come on show some respect to the families and fans let’s hope this doesn’t happens again,” another wrote.
“Yah them not mentioning Luke seriously upset me. I watched you guys and Melrose Place religiously when I was younger. Love all of you. Not mentioning him is insulting,” a third added.
— ((( AJ Feuerman ))) (@ajfeuerman) February 10, 2020
Perry died on March 4, 2019. His publicist released a statement about the news at the time:
“Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke. He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophia, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends.”
“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time,” the statement concluded.