Oscars 2017: Memoriam segment to honor Debbie Reynolds, Prince, Patty Duke, George Kennedy

Sunday’s memoriam segment on the Academy Awards ceremony will be filled with lots of familiar faces and Oscar favorites. For the year of 2016 and even the first few weeks of 2017, there have been more celebrity and entertainment deaths than normal. Expect some of those to be honored to include Oscar winners Patty Duke (“The Miracle Worker”), George Kennedy (“Cool Hand Luke”), and Prince (“Purple Rain”). Honorary recipients that will be featured are Arthur Hiller (“Love Story”) and Debbie Reynolds (“The Unsinkable Molly Brown”).

Grammy and Tony nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will perform during this special “In Memoriam” segment. To address concerns about names who are missing from the tribute, the academy confirmed it will post an extended photo gallery of more than 200 late filmmakers, artists and executives on Oscar.com.

Photos: 2017 Celebrity Deaths Memoriam Gallery

In addition to the ones mentioned above, other Oscar winners who died this past year include Ken Adam (“Barry Lyndon,” “The Madness of King George” production designer), William Peter Blatty (“The Exorcist” writer), Michael Cimino (“The Deer Hunter” producer/director), James Clark (“The Killing Fields” editor), Curtis Hanson (“L.A. Confidential” writer), Gil Parrondo (“Patton,” “Nicholas and Alexandra” production designer), Manlio Rocchetti (“Driving Miss Daisy” makeup), Peter Shaffer (“Amadeus” writer), Paul Sylbert (“Heaven Can Wait” production designer), Ray West (“Star Wars” sound), and Kit West (“Raiders of the Lost Ark” visual effects).

Oscar 2017: Cheat sheet to the Academy Awards telecast

Who are the actors, actresses, and industry veterans that might be included in the televised segment for the February 26 ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC? Here are other possibilities that were academy members, past nominees or others with strong movie careers.

Giorgio Albertazzi (actor)
Alice Arlen (writer)
Hector Babenco (director)
Kenny Baker (actor)
Eric Bergren (writer)
Norman Brokaw (agent)
Richard Boyle (writer)
Raoul Coutard (cinematographer)
Gloria DeHaven (actor)
Miguel Ferrer (actor)
Carrie Fisher (actor)
Tammy Grimes (actor)
Guy Hamilton (director)
Steven Hill (actor)
David Horowitz (publicist)
Ken Howard (actor)
David Huddleston (actor)
John Hurt (actor)
Anne Jackson (actor)
Marvin Kaplan (actor)
Les Lazarowitz (sound)
Stanley Mann (writer)
Garry Marshall (producer/director/writer)
Mary Tyler Moore (actor)
Marni Nixon (actor/singer)
Bill Nunn (actor)
Bill Paxton (actor)
Jon Polito (actor)
Richard Portman (sound)
Ward Preston (production designer)
Om Puri (actor)
Emmanuelle Riva (actor)
Doris Roberts (actor)
Theresa Saldana (actor)
William Schallert (actor)
Barbara Turner (writer)
Robert Vaughn (actor)
Andrzej Wajda (director)
Fritz Weaver (actor)
Michael White (producer)
Gene Wilder (actor)
Anton Yelchin (actor)

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