Why Wasn't Luke Perry Honoured 'In Memoriam' At The Oscars?

He was in a film that won two awards.

At this week’s Oscars, we saw stunning red carpet statements, big wins for the cast and crew of Parasite, 1917 and Ford v Ferrari, and a heartfelt ‘In Memoriam’ segment honouring those who passed away in 2019.

Quickly after the segment aired, film fans took to social media to express their disappointment that a number of notable actors were left out, including Luke Perry, who died in March 2019 after suffering from a stroke.

Listen to the GOAT team unpack Luke Perry’s absence from the Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ segment as well as other awards season tea below:

Luke Perry is perhaps best known for starring in Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale, but prior to his death, he made a brief appearance in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, a film that was up for a 10 Oscar nominations, and won two of them.

One fan wrote on Twitter, “Excluding Luke Perry from the Oscars in Memoriam was disrespectful. He appeared in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which was nominated for Best Picture. Quentin Tarantino personally selected Luke to be in his movie so why not mention him?”

Luke Perry wasn’t the only late celebrity left out of the Oscars’ ‘In Memoriam’ tribute. Fans also pointed out that 20-year-old Disney star Cameron Boyce was excluded, as well as horror movie icon Sid Haig who died in September at age 80, and Carol Burnett Show star Tim Conway who died in May at 85.

A spokesperson for the Academy responded to the exclusions, saying as per Buzzfeed, it receives “hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment.”

“An executive committee representing every brand considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time.” 

While Perry, Boyce, Haig and Conway were apparently honoured on the Oscars website, it doesn’t make up for the fact that they’ve been excluded from the main event. It only makes matters worse that one of these icons appeared in a film that won big on the night. Perhaps it’s time the Academy reevaluate its process when it comes to honouring late stars.

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Here's Proof That Tyrannosaurus Rex Was A Demon In The Sack

Mind, blown.

There’s a lot we’re still learning about dinosaurs and prehistory in general, but there is one thing we can be at least a little certain about, and that’s the fact that Tyrannosaurus was probably an absolute demon in the sack.

The GOAT team recently sat down with paleontologist Dr. Anne Musser and Michael Harvey from the National Maritime Museum to chat sea monsters, evolution and how well each species of dinosaur would treat you in a relationship. Check it out below…

When asked about T-Rex, Dr. Musser was quick to point out that his ‘little arms’ aren’t an over-compensation. “They were actually quite useful, in the sense of the balance of the animal,” Dr. Musser explains. “Don’t laugh at the arms…They were little strong arms.”

Then there’s Tyrano’s ability as a lover, which according to Dr. Musser, wasn’t so bad either. “A study has come out about the sensitivity of these guys,” she said. “They had very sensitive lips – or sensitive over the teeth, you know. They had lots of little nerve endings there, so they thought that might be for the ‘big act.’”

Mind, blown. 

During our chat with Dr. Musser and Michael Harvey, we also spoke about convergent evolution and why some species of animals we know and love today still resemble prehistoric ones, how batsh*t crazy prehistoric oceans would’ve been and why kids are so obsessed with dinosaurs.

In response to that, Harvey said, “role playing a dinosaur when you’re a kid is just so much fun. They’ve all got weird-sounding names [which kids] find, remember and learn which few adults are able to retain – you wind up in a conversation with a six-year-old and they know all the names.”

“They’re real, they’re not made up. Yet they speak to a whole range of things that are in fantasy, for example dragons and dinosaurs. And they’re also safe because they’re extinct.”

Suddenly, I’m six years old and have a whole new appreciation of our prehistoric buddies. 

You can check out the Sea Monsters exhibition at the National Maritime Museum until the 27th of April 2020.

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The Oscars Red Carpet Looks That Were So Wild They’re Now Legendary

Ditch the stylists, bring back the drama.

As the Oscars enters its 91st year, the stakes are higher than ever. Who will clean up? Who will go home a sore loser? And more importantly, who will be making headlines on the red carpet?

Over the years, we’ve seen so many outrageous Oscars red carpet looks that have been so controversial they’ve left a legacy and eventually become legendary. Here are some of the best:

1986: Cher

Credit: AP Photo/Lennox McLendon

Cher stole the show when she turned up to the 1986 Oscars wearing this bold ensemble, created by the ‘Sultan of Sequins’ Bob Mackie, and told reporters, “As you can see, I did receive my Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress.”

1995: Lizzy Gardiner

Credit: AP Photo/Lois Berstein

Lizzy Gardiner’s 1995 Oscars dress, made of 254 expired (but legit) American Express credit cards, was originally created for the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert but was forbidden by the bank. It was voted as the “worst Oscars dress of all time” by multiple publications at the time, but in 1999 was auctioned off for $12,650 with proceeds going to AmfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.

1999: Celine Dion

Credit: AP Photo/Dave Caulkin

What’s better than Celine Dion in a tux? Celine Dion in a backwards tux. Speaking to People, Dion said, “when I wore that look…everyone was wearing dresses, not pants. I was the only one with pants in a backward suit from Galliano and if I would do this today it would work. It was avant-garde at the time.” Celine Dion was, and is, a trailblazing queen.

2000: Matt Stone & Trey Parker

Credit: Photo/Damian Dovarganes

In 2000, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker dropped acid and rocked up at the Oscars wearing Jennifer Lopez’s infamous Versace Grammy’s dress and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ralph Lauren number she wore to the Oscars a year earlier. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, the duo said they wanted to find a way to “go, but not go” which involved the use of drugs.

2001: Björk

Credit: AP Photo/Michael Caulfield

There’s absolutely no way we can talk about outrageous Oscars red carpet looks without mentioning Björk’s iconic swan dress. The Icelandic artist’s dress is regarded one of the most important Oscars looks of all-time and was reimagined by Valentino at its Spring 2014 fashion show.

2015: Lady Gaga

Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Lady Gaga made countless headlines by sporting her infamous red ‘dishwasher’ gloves on the 2015 Oscars red carpet. Were they controversial? Yes. Were they iconic? You bet.

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