Update 2/11/20: The Film Academy has finally released a statement acknowledging the oversight in leaving Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce out of this year's In Memoriam segment. "The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment. An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time," the Academy explained, per The Hollywood Reporter. "All the submissions are included on Oscar.com and will remain on the site throughout the year. Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce are remembered in the Oscar.com gallery."
Previously 2/10/20: Every year, we watch the Oscars In Memoriam with tears in our eyes, but this year, we found ourselves scanning the screen for a name that didn't ever appear. In an oversight that's sure to provoke a lot of strong feelings, Luke Perry was left out of this year's Academy Awards In Memoriam package. It would have been a glaring enough omission based on Perry's prominence in Hollywood, but it was made even more egregious by the fact that Perry was actually in one of the films in contention for Best Picture, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He had a cameo appearance as Wayne Maunder, a real-life Western actor who starred on the TV series Lancer, on which Leonardo DiCaprio's Rick Dalton guest-stars in the movie. Maunder died Nov. 11, 2018, a few months before Perry.
Perry died on March 4, 2019, at the age of 52, after suffering a stroke the week before. Perry was best known for his role as Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills, 90210, and most recently for his role as Fred Andrews on The CW's Riverdale. Also known for his work in the film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and appearances on Oz and Body of Proof, Perry was an indisputable staple of the Hollywood community, and his exclusion feels like a massive mistake.
Billie Eilish performed a cover of The Beatles' "Yesterday" for the In Memoriam, which mourned major deaths in the community like Kobe Bryant, Kirk Douglas, and many more. Cameron Boyce, a young Disney star who passed away last year, was also left off the list.
The full list of those honored can be found below:
David V. Picker
James R. Alexander
D. A. Pennebaker
William J. Creber
Gene Warren Jr.
Harriet Frank Jr.