Like every year, The Academy Awards’ In Memoriam section paid honors to filmmakers and artists who departed the world in 2020. And not astoundingly for a year that took away so many, the list was a long one. Among the notable deceased personalities that got a nod were Ian Holm, Sean Connery Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Chadwick Boseman and our own Bhanu Athaiya and Irrfan Khan.

Bhanu Athaiya was the first Oscar winner from India, taking home the trophy for Best Costume Design for the 1982 film Gandhi. Irrfan Khan was an international actor who died after a long fight with cancer on April 29. Angela Bassett introduced the In Memoriam with a somber reflection on the past year.

Rishi Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput were absent from the list, and their fans on social media have commented on their absence. However, they were remembered on the website of the Academy Awards in a special In Memoriam section.

To people who are unaware, Irrfan died after a two-year long battle with neuroendocrine tumour. He was last seen on screen in Angrezi Medium, which released just a couple of months before his death. Last year, the Academy had paid a tribute to Irrfan after his death on April 28.

Well, Irrfan and Bhanu are deeply missed and we cannot grieve more to enunciate the loss that Indian cinema has gone through last year.


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