The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the segment and introduced the musical accompaniment of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by maestro Gustavo Dudamel, in a rendition of a composition by the legendary John Williams.
The emotional tribute also remembered two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman -- best known for penning The Princess Bride, All the President's Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid -- as well as screenwriter and beloved playwright Neil Simon.
Singin' in the Rain co-director Stanley Donen, who took home an honorary Oscar in 1998 in recognition of his contribution to film, was notably not included in the montage. The celebrated filmmaker died on Thursday from heart failure in New York City at age 94 -- likely after the tribute had been created.
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