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Bill Murray Gives An Impromptu Tribute To Harold Ramis at the Oscars

Hollywood, 3 March(NYT): Bill Murray Gives An Impromptu Tribute To Harold Ramis During His Oscars Presentation but Why wait until the “In Memoriam” segment?  Usually, going off-script at the Oscars is a big awards show no-no. But no-one batted an eyelid when Bill Murray veered off-piste before announcing the nominees for Best Cinematography with co-host Amy Adams.

Bill Murray Gives An Impromptu Tribute To Harold Ramis at the Oscars
Bill Murray Gives An Impromptu Tribute To Harold Ramis at the Oscars

“Oh, we forgot one,” Murray said, after reeling off a list that included Gravity, The Grandmaster, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and Prisoners. “Harold Ramis, for Caddyshack,Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.” The shout-out to the late comedy star, who died last week aged 69, was well-received.

“Please forgive me gentlemen, the 2013 Oscar for the Best Cinematography in a major motion picture is going to go home with…” he continued, so caught up in the emotion of it all that he got the year wrong when he presented the Oscar to Emmanuel Lubezki for Gravity. The Academy Awards marked the second time the Ghostbusters star had paid tribute to Ramis.

Last week, Murray told Time magazine:

“Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show together off Broadway, Meatball, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day,” he said in a statement to Time magazine. Here is the video from Buzzfeed

“He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”