The Academy explains why Luke Perry was left out of Oscars 'In Memoriam' segment after outcry

Raechal Shewfelt
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

So many people were upset that Luke Perry was left out of this year’s edition of the annual tribute to stars who have died, Oscars officials have responded.

“The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment,” an official statement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences read. “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. Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce are remembered in the Oscar.com gallery.”

After the Oscars tribute, Perry’s name began trending on social media. Fans called his omission from the televised list of people from the movie industry who died in the past year “disrespectful.”

Perry’s film work included one of this year’s Best Picture nominees, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The movie was nominated in a total of 10 categories, and it won for Brad Pitt’s performance as Best Supporting Actor and for Production Design. Perry appeared in several other movies, too, including the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1992 and, five years later, the Bruce Willis-led sci-fi movie The Fifth Element. He played the starring role of late bull rider Lane Frost in 1994’s 8 Seconds.

Perry died March 4, at age 52, following a stroke.

Even actress Holly Robinson Peete weighed in.

Academy officials also mentioned the late Cameron Boyce, who appeared in films including the Grown Ups franchise, with Adam Sandler, and the Shia LaBeouf action movie Eagle Eye in 2008. The 20-year-old actor died July 6, after a seizure.

Of course, there were others who Oscars viewers thought deserved a moment on the show, too, including actors Orson Bean, Sid Haig and Tim Conway.

All of them were part of the photo gallery that the organization posted on its website, which included more than 200 people from the movie industry who died over the past year. Roughly a third of them were named in Sunday’s show, as Billie Eilish sang a cover of the Beatles’ “Yesterday.”

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