Om Puri, Bollywood’s one of the finest actor, died on 6th January 2017. He had a fairly good stint at Hollywood too. He had a cameo in the highly acclaimed film Gandhi (1982), directed by Richard Attenborough. He became known internationally by starring in many British films such as My Son the Fanatic (1997), East Is East (1999) and The Parole Officer (2001). He appeared in Hollywood films including City of Joy (1992), opposite Patrick Swayze; Wolf (1994) with Jack Nicholson and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) opposite Val Kilmer. In 2007, he appeared as General Zia-ul-Haq in Charlie Wilson’s War, which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
Actress Jennifer Aniston introduced the segment, and got choked up with tears while paying a special tribute to Paxton, who died earlier and was not included in the video montage.
The video also included Bill Nunn, George Kennedy, Gene Wilder, Patty Duke, Garry Marshall, Anton Yelchin, Mary Tyler Moore, Prince, John Hurt, Nancy Reagan, Curtis Hanson.
Fisher ended the segment in her most famous role as Princess Leia, saying, “May the Force be with you.”
While photos and clips played on the screen, Grammy and Tony-nominated singer and songwriter Sara Bareilles performed a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.”
Following Bareilles’ in memoriam performance, the Academy featured an extended photo gallery of more than 200 filmmakers, artists and executives on Oscar.