ByFranco Gucci, writer at
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Franco Gucci

2016 was a rough year for the entertainment industry. Too many artists from its various corners passed away and each of them in their own way made an impact upon the world and in most of our lives. The 89th Academy Awards ceremony came and went, and as is tradition, those incredible artists were paid tribute to with the In Memoriam reel. The reel was introduced by Jennifer Aniston. Holding back tears, the actress took the time to remember , who tragically passed away just this weekend.

"Each and every one was a cherished member of our Hollywood family. As was beloved actor and friend who left us just yesterday... All were loved, and all will be missed."

After that, the tear-jerking footage began, accompanied by Sara Bareilles' beautiful rendition of Joni Mitchell's Both Sides, Now.

In case you didn't catch them all, here are the 45 artists that were remembered:

1. Arthur Hiller (November 22, 1923 - August 17, 2016)

  • Best known for: Man of La Mancha, Love Story, The Out of Towners, Alfred Hitchcock Presents

2. Ken Adam (February 5, 1921 - March 10, 2016)

  • Best known for: Dr. No, Dr. Strangelove, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Diamonds Are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Freshman

3. Tracy Scott (1969 - April 30, 2016)

  • Best known for: Legions, Parks and Recreation, Wilfred, Her, American Hustle, Whiplash, Veronica Mars, Foxcatcher, Black Mass, Joy

4. Bill Nunn (October 20, 1953 - September 24, 2016)

  • Best known for: Do the Right Thing, New Jack City, Sister Act, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, Money Train, Kiss the Girls, Spider-Man 2 & 3

5. Alice Arlen (November 1940 - February 29, 2016)

  • Best known for: Silkwood, Alamo Bay, The Weight of Water

6. George Kennedy (February 18, 1925 - February 28, 2016)

  • Best known for: McHale's Navy, The Flight of the Phoenix, Gunsmoke, The Dirty Dozen, Cool Hand Luke, Sarge, the Airport series, Dallas, The Gambler

7. Gene Wilder (June 11, 1933 - August 29, 2016)

  • Best known for: Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Stir Crazy, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, The Producers

8. Donald P. Harris

  • Best known for: Working on the distribution of films such as the Mission: Impossible franchise, Anchorman, Jackass, Paranormal Activity series, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Saving Private Ryan

9. Paul Sylbert (April 16, 1928 - November 19, 2016)

  • Best known for: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Heaven Can Wait, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Prince of Tides, Rosewood, Conspiracy Theory

10. Michael Cimino February 3, 1939 - July 2, 2016)

  • Best known for: The Deer Hunter, Heaven's Gate, The Sunchaser

11. Andrzej Wajda (March 6, 1926 - October 9, 2016)

  • Best known for: The Promised Land, Ashes and Diamonds, Katyn

12. Patty Duke (December 14, 1946 - March 29, 2016)

  • Best known for: The Patty Duke Show, The Miracle Worker, Valley of the Dolls

13. Garry Marshall (November 13, 1934 - July 19, 2016)

  • Best known for: Mork & Mindy, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Odd Couple, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show, Overboard, Beaches, Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries

14. Wilma Baker (September 4, 2016)

  • Best known for: The Black Cauldron, FernGully, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cool World

15. Emanuelle Riva (February 24, 1927 - January 27, 2017)

  • Best known for: Leon Morin, Priest, Three Colors: Blue, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Amour

16. Janet Patterson (August 12, 1956-October 21, 2016)


Note: The Academy actually used a picture of the wrong woman in the In Memoriam reel; Patterson is pictured above in the middle.

  • Best known for: The Piano, Bright Star, Far from the Madding Crowd, Peter Pan, The Portrait of a Lady

17. Anton Yelchin (March 11, 1989 - June 19, 2016)

  • Best known for: The Star Trek franchise, Green Room, Terminator Salvation, Hearts in Atlantis, Alpha Dog, Charlie Bartlett

18. Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936 - January 25, 2017)

  • Best known for: The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Ordinary People

19. Prince (June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016)

  • Best known for: Purple Rain, Graffiti Bridge, Under the Cherry Moon, Batman

20. Kenny Baker (August 24, 1934 - August 13, 2016)

  • Best known for: The Star Wars franchise, Time Bandits, The Elephant Man

21. John Hurt (January 22, 1940 - January 25, 2017)

  • Best known for: A Man for All Seasons, Midnight Express, Watership Down, Alien, the Hellboy series, the Harry Potter franchise, V for Vendetta, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Doctor Who, Merlin, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Snowpiercer

22. Jim Clark (May 24, 1931 - February 26, 2016)

  • Best known for: The World is not Enough, The Jackal, The Killing Fields, The Locust, Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)

23. Norma Moriceau (April 21, 2016)

  • Best known for: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Patriot Games, the Crocodile Dundee series, The Punisher

24. Fern Buchner (1929 - October 31, 2016)

  • Best known for: Edward Scissorhands, All the President's Men, Annie Hall, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Wall Street, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Addams Family series, Fried Green Tomatoes, Single White Female

25. Kit West (February 5, 1936 - April 17, 2016)

  • Best known for: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Dune, Empire of the Sun, Universal Soldier, DragonHeart, Enemy at the Gates, The Bourne Supremacy

26. Lupita Tovar July 27, 1910 - November 12, 2016)

  • Best known for: Dracula (1931), Santa, Tropic Fury

27. Manlio Rocchetti (1943 - January 10, 2017)

  • Best known for: Salome, The Last Temptation of Christ, Lonesome Dove, Driving Miss Daisy, The Prince of Tides, The Devil's Advocate, Gangs of New York, Brokeback Mountain, All the King's Men, Shutter Island

28. Pat Conroy (October 26, 1945 - March 4, 2016)

  • Best known for: The Prince of Tides, Conrack, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline

29. Nancy Davis Reagan (July 6, 1921 - March 6, 2016)

  • Best known for: Hellcats of the Navy, The Dark Wave, The Next Voice You Hear...

30. Abbas Kiarostami (June 22, 1940 - July 4, 2016)

  • Best known for: The Wind Will Carry Us, Close-Up, Taste of Cherry, Certified Copy, Men at Work

31. William Peter Blatty (January 7, 1928 - January 12, 2017)

  • Best known for: The Exorcist series, A Shot in the Dark, The Great Bank Robbery, The Ninth Configuration

32. Ken Howard (March 28, 1944 - March 23, 2016)

  • Best known for: The White Shadow, Michael Clayton, The Net, 30 Rock, J. Edgar, Rambo, Cane, Crossing Jordan, Melrose Place, Dynasty, 1776

33. Tyrus Wong (October 25, 1910 - December 30, 2016)

  • Best known for: Bambi, Around the World in Eighty Days

34. Hector Babenco (February 7, 1946 - July 13, 2016)

  • Best known for: Kiss of the Spider Woman, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Carandiru

35. Curtis Hanson (March 24, 1945 - September 20, 2016)

  • Best known for: LA Confidential, 8 Mile, Wonder Boys, The River Wild, Never Cry Wolf

36. Marni Nixon (February 22, 1930 - July 24, 2016)

  • Best known for: Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Sound of Music, An Affair to Remember, Mulan

37. George "Ray" West (November 29, 1935 - February 17, 2016)

  • Best known for: Star Wars, The Fog, Caddyshack, Smokey and the Bandit, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, The Executioner’s Song

38. Raoul Coutard (September 16, 1924 - November 8, 2016)

  • Best known for: Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim, Contempt, Alphaville

39. Zsa Zsa Gabor (February 6, 1917 - December 18, 2016)

  • Best known for: Moulin Rouge, Hollywood Squares, Batman

40. Antony Gibbs (October 17, 1925 - February 26, 2016)

  • Best known for: Fiddler on the Roof, Ronin, Dune, Tom Jones, Performance, Walkabout, Jesus Christ Superstar

41. Om Puri (October 18, 1950 - January 6, 2017)

  • Best known for: Ghandi, The Jungle Book, Arohan, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, The Hundred Foot Journey, Aakrosh, Ardh Satya

42. Andrea Jaffe

  • Best known for: Guiding Tom Cruise to stardom in the ‘80s; also promoted Oliver Stone, Richard Gere, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Farrah Fawcett, Bette Midler and Sissy Spacek, and Michael Apted

43. Richard Portman (April 12, 1934 - January 28, 2017)

  • Best known for: The Godfather, Star Wars, The Deer Hunter, Harold and Maude, The Morning After, Young Frankenstein, L.A. Story, The Monster Squad

44. Debbie Reynolds (April 1, 1932 - December 28, 2016)

  • Best known for: Singin’ in the Rain, The Debbie Reynolds Show, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, How the West Was Won, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Will and Grace, Rugrats

45. Carrie Fisher (October 21, 1956 - December 27, 2016)

  • Best known for: The Star Wars franchise, The Blues Brothers, Postcards From the Edge, Garbo Talks, Hannah and Her Sisters, When Harry Met Sally, Soapdish, Catastrophe

We often don't realize it, how much the people in the entertainment industry contribute to our every day lives. They give us a much-needed escape from reality and allow us to be part of a beautiful love story, experience an incredible space adventure, or simply inspire us with a song.

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Therefore, while it's hard to see them on this list, it's incredible to realize just how much they've touched the world.


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