The 2014 Oscars saw Glenn Close present the In Memoriam tribute which involved a speech followed by a performance of the song Wind Beneath my Wings by Bette Midlar. Paul Walker and Philip Seymour Hoffman were among the actors who were remembered during the ceremony; however there were also some names that were noticeably absent from the list. Here we remember some of those who helped to shape a generation in Hollywood, from the 1930's up until today.
PAUL WALKER 1973-2013
Star of the Fast and Furious films, Paul Walker died at the age of 40 on November 30. 2013, during a break from filming the seventh installment of the hit franchise. Walker was the passenger in a fatal car crash, where his friend Roger Rodas- who was an experienced driver- lost control and crashed into a tree in L.A. The actor had been attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide earlier that day; however both he and Rodas perished in the accident. Considered an incredibly generous and loving person, Walker's death went viral as it spread among movie fans, proving a testament to how much he was loved by his devoted fan base.
JAMES GANDOLFINI 1961-2013
The Sopranos star died on June 19. 2013 in Rome of a heart attack while on holiday with his son. Gandolfini was an acting giant who is best known for his mobster role in 1999 on the popular HBO series The Sopranos. He was described as "a special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person" by HBO and is to this day regarded as one of the classiest and lovable badmen in the industry.
PHILLIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN 1967-2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the magnificent actor, was found dead in his fourth floor West Village apartment in Manhattan on February 2. 2014, aged 46. Very much an actor's actor who was revered and highly regarded as a heavyweight of his generation, his breakout role in the 1997 film Boogie Nights elevated him to global stardom. Following this success he went on to win: a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the writer Truman Capote in the 2005 film Capote and also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor three times. No official cause of death was established, however it was widely reported that New York Police believe that his cause of death was likely to have been due to a drugs overdose.
SHIRLEY TEMPLE 1928-2014
Shirley Temple, who shot to a legendary status for being the original 1930's child star, died aged 85 on February 10. 2014. She was at her home in Woodside, California and the death was due to natural causes. Her family statement read: “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and... our beloved mother, grandmother [and] great-grandmother.” Temple began her career at the tender age of three, which earned her the Juvenile Academy Award in 1935. To this day, she remains the youngest person ever to have won an Oscar.
TO THE FORGOTTEN FEW
It's been noted, that of the 47 names read out at the In Memorium montage during the Oscars ceremony, there were some whose names were overlooked, including: Cory Monteith, who died in July, and used to play Finn Hudson in the TV series Glee'. Monteith wasn't included in the official tribute during the awards night, however he did make it onto the Oscars' Web site gallery. Apparently: 'Dennis Farina, Lee Thompson, Jonathan Winters, Alain Resnais, and Richard Sarafian' were among others to have passed away in 2013 but failed to make it on to the list.
Watch the full Oscar's In Memorium montage below: