Once Grammy-winning artists Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas, took the stage to perform a cover of The Beatles’ “Yesterday” during the heartfelt segment, everyone watched on as the likes of L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Kirk Douglas was honored, but not Luke. While, the late Beverly Hills, 90210 actor was included in the Academy’s online In Memoriam tribute, some felt it wasn’t enough.
Since the Burbank, California, native starred alongside Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and more in the Academy Award-winning film Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood, many believed he should have been included in the show as well.
“Sadly there’s always someone who gets overlooked in the Oscar’s memoriam but geez, Luke Perry? He was actually in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood for f–k sake,” one fan wrote via Twitter. Another said, “@TheAcademy, you messed up not including #LukePerry what’s wrong with you!? It’s Luke freaking Perry!!! Bad call #Oscars2020. I want to know why!!!”
A third added, “#OnceUponATime … in Hollywood was his last movie, a movie that won more than one #Oscar and nobody, not even the #Academy during the ‘in memoriam’ remembered him! What a shame!”
“Really incredible. Thank you to the Academy for this honors of honors,” he said. “This is really about Quentin Tarantino — you are original, one of a kind. The film industry would be a much darker place without you, and I love the ethos you gave Cliff Booth.”
“Look for the best in people, expect the worst but look for the best,” Brad, 56, added. “Leo, I will ride on your coattails any day, man, the view is fantastic. I also want to say, I think it’s time we give a little love to our stunt coordinators and crews. I am not one to look back, but this has made me do so.”
“Once upon a time in Hollywood, ain’t that the truth. This is for my kids, everything I do — I adore you,” he concluded.
Luke may have been left out of the 2020 Oscars, but his fans will never forget him and the body of work he gave us.