While presenting the Academy Award for Best Cinematography alongside Amy Adams, Bill Murray decided to throw in a touching aside along with the traditional corny stage banter. After he and Adams listed the nominees — which included Gravity, Nebraska, and Inside Llewyn Davis — he added another name to the list, in his usual cheeky fashion: "We forgot one: Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day." Ramis recently passed away on Feb. 24, and while he didn't actually receive a cinematography credit for any of the films Murray listed, he certainly did a hell of a job writing them, and directing both Groundhog Day and Caddyshack.
This mention comes just days after Murray gave an official statement to Time magazine regarding Ramis's death: "He earned his keep on this planet," the actor said, citing the films on which they collaborated, as well as The National Lampoon Show off Broadway. "God bless him." And of course, just a few minutes after Murray's shout-out, Ramis's picture appeared in the customary memorial reel honoring all of the entertainment greats who passed away in the last year.
While Gravity ultimately took home the Cinematography trophy, Murray's tribute to his late friend and collaborator shone at least as much.