John Travolta Delivers Emotional Oscars Speech Honoring Olivia Newton-John – While Anne Heche, Lisa Marie Presley, & More Left Out Of ‘In Memoriam’
John Travolta will always be Hopelessly Devoted to Olivia Newton-John.
During the 95th Oscars Sunday night, the 69-year-old actor introduced the “In Memoriam” segment, in which the Academy paid tribute to industry members who’ve unfortunately passed away over the last year. John, of course, was a fitting man for the job, as his lifelong friend and Grease co-star Olivia passed away back in August 2022 at age 73 after a decades long battle with cancer. He began his speech:
“In this industry, we have the rare luxury of getting to do what we love for a living, and sometimes getting to do it with people that we come to love. Since tonight is a celebration of the work and the accomplishments of our community and this past year, it is only fitting then that we celebrate those we’ve lost who’ve dedicated their lives to their craft, both in front of and behind the camera. Through their immeasurable contributions, each of them left an individual and indelible mark that shared and informed us.”
He continued, through tear-filled eyes:
“They’ve touched our hearts. They’ve made us smile, and became dear friends who we will always remain Hopelessly Devoted to.”
Musician Lenny Kravitz then took the stage to perform a beautiful rendition of Calling All Angels, as the Academy played the tribute slideshow honoring our lost ones. Watch (below):
It wasn’t long after the tribute aired, though, that viewers pointed out the lack of inclusion of a few late big names. Following the four-minute long segment, Twitter users named specific celebs who were missing from this list, including the likes of Anne Heche, who died in a fiery car crash at 53 last August, Lisa Marie Presley, who died at 54 in January after suffering a heart attack, and shockingly, Charlbi Dean, a South African actress who had a prominent role in the 2022 film Triangle of Sadness, which was nominated for three Academy Awards at the live show.
Also notably missing from the list was comedians Leslie Jordan and Gilbert Gottfried, journalist Barbara Walters, and actors Paul Sorvino, Fred Ward, Cindy Williams, Sacheen Littlefeather, and Tom Sizemore, who just passed earlier this month. See some of Twitter’s reactions (below):
While these individuals may not have been recognized formally, they will forever be in our hearts, as they etched marks to last a lifetime.
What are your thoughts on John’s emotional speech, and the actors who were left out of the ‘In Memoriam’ tribute, Perezcious readers? Was it purposefully done, or was it just an oversight? Let us know in the comments down below.
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