Oscars in Memoriam: Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce Were Left Out of the Tribute

Every year, the Oscars does an In Memoriam tribute to the filmmakers and actors who passed over the previous year. This year, fans noticed that the Academy left two people out of the tribute, Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce. Considering that Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, which Perry starred in, was nominated for Best Picture, him being left out of the tribute was an outrageous oversight.

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How did Cameron Boyce die?

Boyce rose to fame after appearing in the Grown Ups movies with Adam Sandler and then landing roles in several Disney projects, including Jessie and the Descendants films. He died in July of 2019 after having an epileptic seizure in his sleep.

“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” a spokeswoman for Boyce’s family told The Washington Post at the time. “He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.”

After Boyce passed, Sandler took to Twitter to express his sadness at the loss of such a young talent.

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“Too young,” Sandler tweeted. “Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around. Loved that kid. Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world. Thank you, Cameron for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken. Thinking of your amazing family and sending our deepest condolences.”

How did Luke Perry die?

Luke Perry had been acting since the 1980s but rose to fame when he landed the role of Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1990. Perry left the show in 1995 but later returned. He also appeared on Buffy, The Vampire Slayer.

In the last few years, Perry’s career had taken off again as he landed roles in Riverdale and Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.

He died in March of 2019.

“He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé 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,” Arnold Robinson, the actor’s rep told The Hollywood Reporter at the time. “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.”

Fan reactions

Fans were upset that both actors were left out of the ceremony.

“Excluding Luke Perry from the Oscars in Memoriam was disrespectful,” one person tweeted. “He appeared in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ which was nominated for Best Picture. Quentin Tarantino personally selected Luke to be in his movie so why not mention him?”

“Shame on the Academy for not including Luke Perry, Sid Haig and Cameron Boyce in the In Memoriam segment at the #Oscars,” another person said.

“Imagine your last role being nominated for best picture and the academy still overlooks you,” one fan wrote. “#LukePerry deserves so much better.”