Bollywood stars Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi were among those honoured at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in the ‘Memoriam’ montage, which pays tribute to everyone the film industry has lost in the past year. This year, set to Eddie Vedder performing a Tom Petty song live, ‘In Memoriam’ also remembered former James Bond Sir Roger Moore, French star Jeanne Moreau, actors Martin Landau and Harry Dean Stanton, actor and playwright Sam Shepard, and directors George Romero and Jonathan Demme. Shashi Kapoor died last year in December. He was 79 and had been ill and in a wheelchair for years. Sridevi, 54, died suddenly two weekends ago in Dubai – she accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub, a postmortem revealed.
Shashi Kapoor was not unfamiliar to international cine-goers. He starred in several Merchant-Ivory films of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, among them The Householder, Shakespeare Wallah and Heat And Dust. One of his last films, 1993’s In Custody, was also a Merchant-Ivory production. James Ivory, one-half of the collaborative team, won an Oscar today for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film Call Me By Your Name.
Sridevi, considered the first female superstar of Indian cinema, made 300 films in several languages over 50 years. Some of her finest performances are in the films Sadma, Mr India, Chandni and English Vinglish.
Both Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi, who were Padma awardees, were cremated with state honours.
The 90th Academy Awards Hollywood’s award season. This year’s biggest winner was The Shape Of Water, which won Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo Del Toro as well as two other Oscars. Frances McDormand won Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Gary Oldman won his first Oscar – Best Actor for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour; I, Tonya star Allison Janney and Frances’ co-star Sam Rockwell took the Oscars for Best Supporting Actress and Actor. Dunkirk won three awards.
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