On Sunday, the world finally got to see which stars bagged a coveted Oscar and boy, was it a jam-packed evening.
But it seems there was one element of the ceremony that stirred up controversy amongst viewers - the 'In Memoriam' segment, which visibly left out Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce from the tributes. Now, The Academy has explained why.
Keep scrolling to find out the reason behind the controversial move.
It's that time of year again...
via: Getty ImagesAwards season is in full swing and on Sunday it was turn of the hotly anticipated Oscars.
The Oscars are one of the biggest events in Hollywood...And the biggest names in the industry hit the red carpet on Sunday to see who will be honored with an award this year.
For the second year in a row, the annual event is hostless...
The #Oscars will again have no host, the president of ABC Television Entertainment says https://t.co/2ssBPVgiMd https://t.co/2ptQ7WxreV— Reuters (@Reuters)1578512442.0
Across all the major categories, there's been some tough competition.
via: Getty ImagesEspecially when it came to the 9 flicks that went head to head in the "Best Picture" category.
People have been extremely excited since the nominations were announced...
via: Getty ImagesEspecially given the fact that so many critically-acclaimed movies have hit screens recently.
But of course, it's not only about the movies.
via: Getty ImagesThe Oscars is a prime time for fans to see their favorites actors and actresses showcase just what they're made of. From outfits to speeches, the award ceremony has become a night to make a statement.
However, the Oscars has given us some other unforgettable moments...
via: Getty ImagesFrom celebrity slip-ups to record-breaking selfies, we're expecting to see a whole array of new and exciting moments that will leave their own print in award history.
And who could forget Ellen DeGeneres' iconic selfie?
via: Getty ImagesIt only seems fitting that in this modern era, selfies themselves are breaking records.
Here it is...
If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars http://t.co/C9U5NOtGap— Ellen DeGeneres (@Ellen DeGeneres)1393815973.0
But the award ceremony has also been criticized...
via: Oscar abcCelebrities have used the stage to share experiences, awareness and give speeches that have sent ripples throughout the film industry. However, the Oscars also give tribute to beloved actors and actresses that we've lost throughout the year.
Joaquin imparticular mentioned his late brother, River Phoenix.
via: Getty Images"When he was seventeen, my brother wrote this lyric and he said 'run to the rescue with love and peace and the rest will follow. Thank you," he concluded.
Fans all around the world were left speechless...
Wow- Joaquin Phoenix speech left me speechless and my eyes watered. Thank you Joaquin Phoenix and congratulations!… https://t.co/k7PpihI0s7— Henry T. Contreras (@Henry T. Contreras)1581308089.0
Watch his full speech here...
This is the Joaquin Phoenix Oscar speech everyone will be talking about tomorrow https://t.co/0pQLxpuQI2— NowThis (@NowThis)1581314414.0
There were some people that weren't mentioned...
via: GettyThe 'In Memoriam' section seemed to leave out a pair of pretty incredible individuals.
The ceremony seemed to spark some controversy.
via: GettyThe Oscars forgot to mention Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce in the tributes to talents lost in the past year.
Those that were mentioned were...
via: GettyKobe Bryant, Rip Torn, Barbara Hammer, Steve Golin, Diahann Carroll, Agnes Varda, Seymour Cassel, Doris Day, and Kirk Douglas.
Luke Perry died last year at the age of fifty-two after suffering a "massive stroke."
via: GettyThe actor, who was well known to younger audiences for starring in Riverdale, also worked on several high-profile films. His most recent and final role starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Perry's fans took to social media to express their outrage.
via: GettyThey described the Oscars' decision to not include the actor in their tribute as "Bullsh*t."
These were some of the responses...
Some #Oscars viewers were disappointed actors Luke Perry, Cameron Boyce and Sid Haig were not featured in the show'… https://t.co/wGPOqx5Nw1— Twitter Moments (@Twitter Moments)1581313868.0
Cameron Boyce was also absent from the Oscars tributes.
via: GettyCameron died last July after suffering an epileptic seizure at just twenty years old.
Boyce was famous for his work on Disney’s The Descendants and its sequels.
via: GettyHe also worked alongside Adam Sandler in the Grown Ups films.
Boyce's co-stars were understandably upset.
via: GettySkai Jackson who worked with Boyce on the Disney show, Jessie, expressed her disappointment on Twitter, saying: "Cameron Boyce??? Why did you guys forget about him? It would have been nice if he was acknowledged… Smh."
Following the outrage, The Academy has broken its silence.
So fucking pissed that Cameron Boyce and Luke Perry weren’t included in the #Oscars2020 memoriam. https://t.co/kiAjIrs0hn— Peyton N. (@Peyton N.)1581314138.0
In a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter, The Academy finally offered an explanation.
Wait a minute? Let me see if I'm understanding this...the Oscars had a memoriam and somehow Luke Perry was excluded… https://t.co/066lqIPAYN— ericastwilight (@ericastwilight)1581318141.0