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Few aspects of the Oscars ceremony every year are so attentively watched as the “In Memoriam” segment, which pays a stripped-down tribute to the notable entertainment figures who passed away. It's an extensive list -- filled with well-known losses along with the more underplayed names -- but as it turns out, a placement on that list involves as much background campaigning as any of the ten Best Picture nominees. The mid-show segment has been in place since 1994's ceremony, and this year's nearly three-minute montage will honor such names as Ernest Borgnine, Charles Durning, Nora Ephron, Tony Scott, Richard Zanuck and Marvin Hamlisch. However, the other 30-something spots left are at the center of fierce debate, all contained within the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A committee of members, whose names are kept under wraps for the process, are tasked with weighing the cultural significance, career achievement, and other aspects of the. »

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