John Hughes Will Receive His Own Tribute During the Oscars
While some find the Oscars show hard to endure in itself, for me, the most heart wrenching portion of the program is seeing the montage of all the cinematic greats we've lost over the past year. It inspires sad, yet fond memories of the times we spent enjoying them in front of or behind the camera. One such loss will be isolated from the usual "in memoriam" clips as Deadline Hollywood reports that the late filmmaker John Hughes will receive his own special tribute with film clips and cast members who've worked with him including hosts Steve Martin (Planes, Trains & Automobiles) and Alec Baldwin (She's Having a Baby).
This doesn't mean that Hughes is necessarily anymore important or worthy of a tribute, but because of the presence of talent who have worked with Hughes at the ceremony (besides dozens of actors and actresses, AMPAS President Tom Sherak and Oscar producer Bill Mechanic also worked with Hughes) the time and place is appropriate and almost necessary. After all the outpouring of talent speaking wonderful words about Hughes after his death, I'm sure this will be a very difficult tribute to get through for everyone involved in it.
Hughes' passing is one of the most hard hitting deaths I've ever experienced as far as an inspiration in life. I grew up watching his films like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and The Breakfast Club, in addition to many films he wrote like Home Alone, the first three National Lampoon's Vacation flicks and Pretty in Pink. The man is a legend and he shaped my movie tastes in my younger years.
Last year I had the pleasure of attending a tribute screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Planes, Trains & Automobiles at the New Beverly in Los Angeles with Jeffrey Jones (Principal Edward Rooney), Edie McClurg (Grace the secretary), Lyman Ward (Tom Bueller), and Cindy Pickett (Katie Bueller) all in attendance and they all spoke so fondly of Hughes. Did you know that Hughes wrote Ferris Bueller in only six days? Well don't you feel inadequate! I'm certainly looking forward to and also dreading this tribute when it airs March 7th during the Academy Awards. And feel free to remember John Hughes in the comments below.