The 2023 Academy Awards took a moment to remember those who died in the film business in the past year.
Before the somber in memoriam part started, John Travolta opened it by saying that those who died “touched our hearts” and “made us smile.” He went on to say, “We will always be hopelessly loyal to” those who have died, referring to his good friend and “Grease” co-star Olivia Newton-John.
The actor then introduced Lenny Kravitz, who sang “Calling All Angels” on a piano. With lines like “I miss you dearly / Can you hear me on your cloud?” the song describes missing somebody you care about.
Ray Liotta, who died in May, and Raquel Welch, who died in February at the age of 82, were among the stars commemorated in the section.
Throughout the episode, Travolta’s late friend, actress Kirstie Alley, was also recalled.
On the Academy’s website, a.frame, a long list of honorees who weren’t in the section was also posted.
The 2023 Oscars, hosted for the third time by Jimmy Kimmel, will be aired live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, with the red carpet beginning earlier. The Oscars 2023 may be shown on ABC and different streaming services.
“Everything Everywhere Everything at Once” and “The Banshees of Inisherin” top the list of finalists. Rihanna, fresh off her Super Bowl halftime performance, and the popular Telugu-language song “Naatu Naatu” are among the artists and presenters.