The Academy is addressing Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce’s absence from their “In Memoriam” tribute during Sunday’s award show telecast.
As Grammy-winner Billie Eilish lent her vocals to cover “Yesterday” by The Beatles, an emotional montage displayed on the screen behind her that paid homage to all the talent lost over the course of the year including Kobe Bryant and Kirk Douglas.
However, many many pop culture fans immediately took to social media to express their dismay at the Academy’s decision not to include Perry (“Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Riverdale”) and Boyce (“Descendants”).
Fans especially couldn’t believe that the Academy overlooked Perry, who appeared in Quentin Tarrantino’s film “Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood,” which was nominated for several awards that night.
The film marked the final role of Perry's life, and was released posthumously following his death on March 4, 2019.
Following the criticism, the Academy released a statement explaining what goes into the decision process and added that time restrictions include who they can and cannot include.
“The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment,” the statement began according to Deadline.
"An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time,” it continued.