Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker, Sarah Jones, Cory Monteith, and Harold Ramis are only five of the countless people we’ve lost this year, but they’re also the top five people we’re hoping will be honored at the Academy Awards on March 2. Find out why below.
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous. It may have been Capote that won him the Best Actor trophy, but Hoffman’s role as the real-life Rolling Stone journalist Lester Bangs made the entire world fall in love with him. It was one of the first of many times that Hoffman would take on a small role and somehow become the most memorable part of the entire film. Case in point: ”The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.”
2. Paul Walker as Brian O’Connor in The Fast And The Furious. Was Paul a critical darling like Philip Seymour Hoffman? Not quite, but the Fast & Furious franchise has absolutely made a mark on film and pop culture history, and deserves to be seen to honor Paul’s memory. Of course he died in a car, which makes the whole car-movie thing feel a little strange, but this was Paul’s life — and his fans deserve to remember him as they knew and loved him.
3. Sarah Jones’ work on Vampire Diaries. Sarah died tragically at the age of 27 in February, mere days before the Awards. The cast and crew later started a petition to include Sarah in the segment, and even though the Oscars honor film, Sarah still deserves a slot. She died working on a film, and has been on film sets before, but Vampire Diaries was her true home, where she did her finest work.
4. Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson on Glee. Cory starred in several films during his tragically-cut-short career, but no one will shed a tear if Monte Carlo or Final Destination 3 doesn’t make it into the tribute. Besides, Glee technically counts as a film — anyone remember Glee: The 3D Concert Movie?
5. Harold Ramis as Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters. Harold also should be remembered for his directing work — Caddyshack and Groundhog Day are exceptional and should be honored as well — but Harold will likely always be best known as the awkward science nerd from Ghostbusters. And he’d probably be pretty okay with that.
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