Whitney Houston was among the late movie icons who were remembered during the "In Memorian" section at the 2012 Academy Awards being held on Sunday, February 26. The recently deceased songstress was featured in black-and-white montage, in which photos of famed people in movie industry were featured.
Grammy-winning singer Esperanza Spalding along with Southern California Children's Choir belted out Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" as the clip started to roll. A photo of Houston, whose last film "Sparkle" hasn't been released until August 17, appeared early in the video.
In addition to the "I Will Always Love You" hitmaker, the "In Memorian" section honored other late movie giants like Jane Russell, Farley Granger, Hal Kanter, Jackie Cooper, Sidney Lumet, Peter Falk and Cliffe Robertson. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was also featured in the montage, which was closed with a photo of Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra.
During the section, audience were asked to hold their applause until the clip was finished. The action was taken to prevent the "applause-meter" phenomenon in the past years, which seemed to be used as a measurement of one person's popularity against another.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards was held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood & Highland Center with Billy Crystal serving as the host for the ninth time. The biggest winner at this year's prestigious awards was "The Artist", which claimed five prizes including the Best Picture, Best Actor for Jean Dujardin and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius.