Luke Perry, Cameron Boyce and Tim Conway were left out of the Oscars “In Memoriam” segment at the 92nd Academy Awards.
In a statement to CNN, the Academy said that it “receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment.”
“An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time,” the statement read. “All the submissions are included on Oscar.com and will remain on the site throughout the year. Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce are remembered in the Oscar.com gallery.”
Perry, Boyce and others who were not featured in the tribute are present in the Oscars In Memoriam section on the show’s website, which currently includes over 100 late artists.
Perry, star of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died in early 2019 at the age of 52 after suffering a stroke. Also appearing in “Riverdale” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” one of the evening’s nominated movies, fans of Perry’s were upset that the late actor failed to make the cut.
“No Luke Perry in the In Memoriam?” a fan wrote on Twitter. “He was in one of the Best Picture nominated movies…”
Academy Awards viewers felt Cameron Boyce should have been part of the segment, too. Boyce died July 6, at age 20, following a seizure. Boyce’s family confirmed that he had struggled with epilepsy. He was best known for his work in Disney’s The Descendants and its sequels, which aired as TV movies on The Disney Channel. His other work included Grown Ups and its sequel, alongside Adam Sandler, among many other projects.
Fans were also disappointed to see that comedy icon Tim Conway, who died at 85 in May, was not included. Mr. Conway’s film credits include two “McHale’s Navy” movies in the mid-1960s and a number of movies for children and families. He and Don Knotts played a pair of inept outlaws in the Disney films “The Apple Dumpling Gang” (1975) and its sequel, “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again” (1979). The two teamed up again in “The Private Eyes” (1980), a Sherlock Holmes spoof that Mr. Conway also helped write.
He won Emmys for guest appearances in 1996 on “Coach,” in which he played the peculiar gardener of the title character, a college football coach played by Craig T. Nelson, and in 2008 on “30 Rock,” playing Bucky Bright, a wildly out-of-touch former television star.
Younger viewers may know Mr. Conway best as Dorf, a diminutive character with a Mr. Tudball accent who appears in a series of short slapstick films he wrote; or as the voice of Barnacle Boy — the sidekick of Mermaid Man, who was voiced by his old co-star Ernest Borgnine — on the long-running animated show “SpongeBob SquarePants.”