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Oscars 'In Memoriam' pays tribute to Carl Weathers, Chita Rivera, Michael Gambon, and more

Oscars 'In Memoriam' pays tribute to Carl Weathers, Chita Rivera, Michael Gambon, and more

Hollywood's biggest night honored the stars we've lost over the last year, including Matthew Perry, Glynis Johns, and Julian Sands.

Carl Weathers, Chita Rivera, Michael Gambon, Piper Laurie, and Matthew Perry were among the stars who were remembered Sunday during the "In Memoriam" segment of the 2024 Oscars.

The segment opened with a clip of late political activist Alexei Navalny from his 2022 Academy Award-winning documentary, before cutting to footage of Michael Gambon as Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Dressed in white, Gambon's character remarked, "Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living and above all, all those who live without love."

Dancers then took to the stage as the orchestra began to perform Andrea Bocelli's 1996 single "Time to Say Goodbye" as Norman Jewison, Harry Belafonte, Diana Giorgiutti, Alan Arkin, Nitin Chandrakant Desai, Bo Goldman, Norman Reynolds, Julian Sands, Mark Gustafson, Andre Braugher, Chita Rivera, Tom Wilkinson, Glynis Johns, Jane Birkin, Paul Reubens, Piper Laurie, Richard Roundtree, and Ryan O'Neal were all honored onscreen.

<p>Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty; Jenny Anderson/Getty; Mike Marsland/WireImage</p> Carl Weathers, Chita Rivera, and Michael Gambon

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Carl Weathers, Chita Rivera, and Michael Gambon

Bocelli, accompanied by his son Matteo, then began their poignant rendition of the song, which is performed both in Italian and English. Behind them, tributes to Cynthia Weil, Bill Lee, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robbie Robertson, DeWitt L. Sage Jr., Margaret Riley, Hengameh Panahi, Nancy Buirski, Michael Latt, Sue Marx, Matthew Perry, Richard Lewis, Lee Sun-Kyun, Carl Weathers, Bill Butler, William Friedkin, Glenda Jackson, and Tina Turner were projected onscreen.

At the end of their performance, a large list of names — which included Norman Lear, Ron Cephas Jones, Treat Williams, and Lance Reddick — was featured onscreen. The full In Memoriam list can be viewed on the Academy's website.

Carl Weathers, the unforgettable actor and former NFL star best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies, died in his sleep on Feb. 1 at 76. After entertaining audiences on the field as a player for the Oakland Raiders, Weathers made the jump to the big screen as rival-boxer-turned-friend Apollo Creed in the Rocky films opposite Sylvester Stallone. The Emmy-nominated actor's other credits include PredatorHappy Gilmore, Arrested Development, and The Mandalorian.

Legendary Tony award-winning actress Chita Rivera died on Jan. 30 at 91 after a brief illness. The Broadway superstar, who is best known for originating the role of Anita in Stephen Sondheim's West Side Story, dazzled on the stage and screen in Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, as Nickie in the 2002 film Chicago, and as a diner patron in Tick, Tick... Boom! She also appeared in episodes of The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Will and Grace, Kalamazoo, and more.

A magical talent, Michael Gambon died Sept. 28 at 82 after a bout with pneumonia. Before taking on the role of Albus Dumbledore after the late Richard Harris, the award-winning actor had already made a name for himself as a fierce stage actor working alongside fellow greats like Laurence Olivier. In addition to starring in six Harry Potter films, Gambon's credits also include Fantastic Mr. Fox, Layer Cake, The King's Speech, Victoria & Abdul, Kingsman: the Secret Service, Paddington, Judy, and more.

Piper Laurie, the Oscar-nominated actress who starred in cult classics like Carrie and Twin Peaksdied on Oct. 14 at 91. After making her Hollywood debut in 1950, Laurie earned her first Oscar nomination for her performance in the 1961 drama, The Hustler. She wouldn’t grace the big screen again until her Oscar-nominated performance as Margaret White, the fanatical mother of Carrie, in the 1976 film adaptation of the beloved Stephen King horror novel. Laurie was nominated for a third Oscar for her performance in 1986's Children of a Lesser God and continued to star in film and television until 2018.

Matthew Perry, the actor known for television shows such as Friends and films like 17 Again, died Oct. 28 at 54. The actor, who starred as the wonderfully sarcastic Chandler Bing on all 10 seasons of the hit NBC sitcom, also appeared onscreen in films like Fools Rush In and The Whole Nine Yards.

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