Usually, going off-script at the Oscars is a big awards show no-no. But for The Grand Budapest Hotel thesp Bill Murray, it's just added to his already massive list of charming eccentricities. Like, magically appearing at a student house party in Scotland, doing the dishes, and leaving... Or, sneaking up behind people, covering their eyes with his hands and whispering "Guess who?" - when they turn around they see Bill Murray and hear the words "no one will ever believe you"... Or, reading poetry to construction workers... Or, filming slow-mo walks, you know, just for fun.
This year, at the 86th Academy Awards, Bill Murray used his quirky spontaneity and his Oscar presenter's role to offer a tribute to the late comedy visionary Harold Ramis, who died last week at the age of 69. Murray, presenting at the show less than a week after Ramis' death, read through the list of nominees and then added:
Oh, we forgot one. Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day.
"Please forgive me, Gentlemen," he added after a few moments of applause, before reading off he winner, Emmanuel Lubezki for Gravity.
Last week, Murray told Time magazine:
He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.
Ramis will be remembered for creating some of the most influential comedies of the past 40 years. Ramis' first screenplay, Animal House, catapulted John Belushi to stardom and was inducted into the National Film Registry for preservation in 2001. Following Belushi's death, Ramis and Murray partnered with Dan Aykroyd to play argumentative paranormal experts in the 1984 hit, Ghostbusters. Ramis' other movies include Stripes, Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This.
Check the special Academy Awards moment out for yourselves, here:
Good on the guy. Ramis' mastery of all things comedic leaves me awe stricken. Ramis - if you're up there - Bill Murray's just got one other thing to say to you, son:
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