As you probably remember, 2016 was a particular dark year in terms of celebrity deaths. But the start of the Oscars 2017 "In Memoriam" segment honored a very recent 2017 death: Bill Paxton.
Presenter Jennifer Aniston teared up when mentioning Paxton's death -- just announced earlier today ---- before the pre-taped video played, and Sara Bareilles sang a stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now."
— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017
The video was a moving reminder of how many stars we've lost in the past year, ending with "Star Wars" icon Carrie Fisher -- who died in December 2016 -- saying "May the Force be with you."
Sara Bareilles covering Joni Mitchell is a bomb designed to destroy me. #Oscars
— MAX IM A KOOPA (@meakoopa) February 27, 2017
— Variety (@Variety) February 27, 2017
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) February 27, 2017
— FilmAffinity (@Filmaffinity) February 27, 2017
I held it together and then Carrie said may the force be with you...and I lost it...#Oscars
— Dashing @PAX East (@DashingSoulJay) February 27, 2017
— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) February 27, 2017
— FYFantasticBeasts (@FYfantastic) February 27, 2017
— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) February 27, 2017
Watch the whole montage:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2017
Of course, fans will be upset at certain "snubs" but you also have to keep in mind that some celebs (like David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Leonard Nimoy) were honored at last year's Oscars.
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