The In Memoriam Song At The 2018 Oscars By Eddie Vedder Was A Tribute To Tom Petty Too

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Each year during the award show, those who were lost in the world of film production and acting are honoring during the 2018 Oscars In Memoriam segment. This year, Eddie Vedder took to the stage to sing a cover of Tom Petty's "Room At The Top" while photos and clips of actors, producers, designers, and more who have passed over the past year were shown behind them. It was a choice that also immortalized someone lost from the music world, whose work has been heard in many films.

In 2017, the In Memoriam performer was Sara Bareilles, who sang a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now". In 2016, Dave Grohl sang The Beatles' "Blackbird." And in 2015, Jennifer Hudson performed "I Can't Let Go," a song from the Series Smash. While this Tom Petty track might not be as instantly recognizable as "Both Sides Now" or "Blackbird," but its gentle and melancholy tone struck the appropriate note.

Before appearing on the stage, Vedder was introduced by Jennifer Garner, who used a quote from a classic movie star to explain why the Academy Awards take a moment to remember the artists and technicians who passed over the past year. "The work they left us as Academy Award Winner Audrey Hepburn said so beautifully, 'gives pleasure, creates beauty, awakens our conscience, arouses our compassion, and perhaps most importantly, gives millions a moment of respite in our violent world,'" Garner said. She previewed the song by saying that Vedder would be paying tribute to "an inspirational artist we lost this past year."

Watch the full in memoriam tribute and watch the performance below:

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The segment honored such deceased luminaries as George A. Romero, Jerry Lewis, Sam Shepard, Glenne Headly, Roger Moore and Jonathan Demme, plus editors, costume designers producers, and other behind-the-scenes artists whose names and faces you may not have recognized but whose work you've probably seen.

Petty passed away in October 2017, leaving behind a musical legacy. The In Memoriam segment is not always scored by a song by an artist who was also lost in the past year, but this choice was fitting and served the purpose of also recognizing Petty's work. The singer-songwriters music has appeared memorably in several films. "American Girl" welcomed you to high school in Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Jerry Maguire sang along to "Free Fallin'" after closing a promising deal in Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy by the same name. And along with his band the Heartbreakers, Petty composed the full soundtrack for She's The One from 1996.

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Vedder has done his fair share of work in film as well. The Pearl Jam frontman has contributed original songs and covers to movies such as I Am Sam, Dead Man Walking, and Eat Pray Love. And this cover had fans all over Twitter weeping.

And why shouldn't they be? The song, by a beloved artist who's no longer with us, is the perfect abstract way to honor the Academy's list of lost friends. Here are the full lyrics:

"I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I can see everything tonight
I got a room where everyone
Can have a drink and forget those things
That went wrong in their life
I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I got a room at the top of the world tonight
I got a room at the top of the world tonight
And I ain't coming down, I ain't coming down
I got someone who loves me tonight
I got over a thousand dollars in the bank
And I'm all right
Look deep in the eyes of love
Look deep in the eyes of love
And find out what you were looking for
(Chorus)
I wish I could feel you tonight, little one
You're so far away
I want to reach out and touch your heart
Yeah like they do in those things on TV, I love you
Please love me, I'm not so bad
And I love you so
(Chorus)"

The combination of Vedder's performance, Petty's songwriting, and the somber occasion made for the most emotional segment in this year's Oscars ceremony.