Bob Saget and Gaspard Ulliel

Every year the Academy Awards face a similar debate with the In Memoriam segment, the moment of the Oscar gala where members of the industry who died in the year are remembered. If in 2020 Cameron Boyce or Luke Perry were left out and in 2021 Naya Rivera and Jessica Waltery, this year there are also two very striking absences: those of Bob Saget and Gaspard Ulliel.

The 94th edition of the Oscars has tried this time to do something a little different, including first-person testimonies about some of the deceased. For example, Tyler Perry spoke about the impact Sidney Poitier had on his life, Bill Murray remembered his friend Ivan Reitman, and Jamie Lee Curtis paid tribute to Betty White. In addition, all of this was accompanied by a song and dance group that performed excerpts from songs that were happier than we are used to, such as ‘Spirit in the Sky’. The one who does appear in the video is Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who died during the filming of the movie ‘Rust’ after being shot by Alec Baldwin.

Saget died last January from a severe blow to the head and Ulliel died just over a week later in a skiing accident. It is true that Saget was more a comedian and television figure than a film actor, but he did make several films, especially in the 80s, and directed several such as ‘Moving’, ‘Dirty Work’, ‘Movida en el Polo’ and several TV movies. Frenchman Ulliel not only had a long career on the big screen, he worked a lot in Hollywood on titles like ‘Hannibal, The Origin of Evil’ and had ‘Moon Knight’, the new Marvel Studios series for Disney+, pending release.

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Those that exist and others that are missing

The background video, without the performance and sound, can be seen here and you will see that Verónica Forqué, Norm MacDonald, Michael Nesmith, Willie Garson and Robert Downey Sr., father of course of Robert Downey Jr., do not appear either. The people who do appear are:

– Sidney Poitier, actor and director

-Olympia Dukakis, actress

-William Hurt, actor

– Stephen Sondheim, composer and lyricist

-Betty White, actress

– Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer

-Nead Beatty, actor

– Peter Bogdanovich, actor, director and writer

– Clarence Williams III, actor

-Chris Huvane, agent

-Michael K. Williams, actor

– Jerone Hellman, producer

-Jean-Paul Belmondo, actor

– David H. DePatie, producer

– Martha deLaurentiis, producer

– Irwin W. Young, producer

– Sally Kellerman, actress

-Richard Donner, director

– Ivan Reitman, director and producer

– Emi Wada, costume designer

– Yvette Mimeux, actress

– Sonny Chiba, actor and martial arts expert

– Lina Wertmüller, screenwriter and director

– Douglas Trumbull, director, producer and special effects creator

-Brian Goldner, producer

– Robert Blalack, Special Effects Supervisor

– Felipe Cazals, screenwriter and director

-Saginaw Grant, actor

– Jon Gregory, Editor

– Dorothy Steel, actress

-Dean Stockwell, actor

– Melvin Van Peebles, director, producer, screenwriter and actor

-Alan Ladd Junior, producer

– David Brenner, editor

– Don Phillips, Casting Director and Producer

– Bill Taylor, Visual Effects Supervisor and Director of Photography

-Norman Lloyd, actor

– Ruthie Thompson, cheerleader

– Brad Allan, Stunt Stunt Coordinator

-Mikis Theodorakis, composer

– Max Julien, actor, screenwriter and producer

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– Lewis Erskine, Editor

– Tony Walton, production and costume designer

– Steve Schapiro, Director of Photography

– Mace Neufeld, producer and agent

-Carmen Salinas, actress

– Paul Mooney, comedian, actor and screenwriter

– Marilyn Bergman, lyricist

– Leslie Bricusse, writer and composer

– Marcia Nasatir, producer

– Buddy Van Horn, Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator and Director

– Diane Weyermann, producer

– Jane Powell, actress and singer

– Jean-Marc Vallée, director, producer, screenwriter and editor

– Charles Grodin, actor

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