As the annual traditions at the Oscars unfold, Indian film industry’s legends Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi, amongst other film icons were remembered and honoured at the 90th Oscars academy awards.
The Hindi film industry recently lost two of its idols – Sridevi, in February 2018 and Shashi Kapoor in December last year. And, amidst the charm and spill of the most prestigious night in Hollywood – the Oscars, these actors were remembered and respected.
The 90th academy awards honoured them in their ‘In Memoriam’ segment, which is an annual ‘Oscar tradition’, to pay tribute to the recently departed film icons. This year, American rock band Pearl Jam’s lead vocalist Eddie Vedder took to the stage the perform Tom Petty’s ‘Room At The Top’ for the In Memoriam.
Oscars. Thank you for remembering Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi. Thrilled to see the name Raj Kapoor as the executive producer of the show. We are on the threshold of world cinema! pic.twitter.com/YMkqntZ4Xz
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) March 5, 2018
Shashi Kapoor, the legendry actor and producer, who passed away at the age of 79 on December 4 last year, acted in over 168 Bollywood films during his career. While on the other hand, with over 300 films, Sridevi was at the apex of stardom during her working years. Both as a child artist and a prominent figure in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil cinema, she impressed everyone with her glorious style quotient.
Roger Moore, Mary Goldberg, Johann Johannsson, John Heard, Sam Shephard, Jerry Lewis, Jeanne Moreau, Martin Landau, Harry Dean Stanton, and Jonathan Demme, were among other artists who were reminisced for their contribution in world cinema.
Last year, veteran Indian actor Om Puri who passed away in January 2017, was honoured at the prestigious ceremony.
Firsts at the academy
At the otherwise foreseeable award ceremony, American actor and director Jordan Peele became the first black screenwriter to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his 2017 American horror film Get Out – a horror revolving around an African-American boy, who visits his girlfriend’s house only to realise that everything is not normal at the place.
Peele’s win came as a surprise, with other front-runner nominees being director Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, and Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.