The in memoriam segment of the 2024 Oscars commenced with a poignant message from the recently departed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Extracted from the documentary "Navalny," which clinched the Best Documentary Feature Film at the 2023 awards ceremony, the clip featured Navalny's impactful words: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing."

The emotional segment paid tribute to a range of departed figures, including Harry Belafonte, Tina Turner, Alan Arkin, Matthew Perry, Andre Braugher, Paul Reubens, Richard Roundtree, Chita Rivera, and other actors who had passed away in the previous year.

In a moving tribute during the 2024 in memoriam, dancers performed while the orchestra played, and Andrea Bocelli, accompanied by his son Matteo Bocelli, delivered a rendition of "Time to Say Goodbye." As they sang this haunting ballad, images and clips of the recently departed stars were displayed.

The segment concluded with a message urging viewers to visit the Oscars' website to view the comprehensive list of "other legends we've lost."

This came after the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences faced criticism the previous year for omitting certain actors from the 2023 Academy Awards’ in memoriam. Lydia Cornell, star of "Too Close for Comfort," pointed out on X that Paul Sorvino, Anne Heche, and Tom Sizemore were among those overlooked. Mira Sorvino, Oscar-winner and daughter of Paul Sorvino, also expressed her frustration with the omission in a tweet.

Mira Sorvino expressed her disbelief and disappointment, stating, "It is baffling beyond belief that my beloved father and many other amazing, brilliant departed actors were left out. The Oscars forgot about Paul Sorvino, but the rest of us never will!"

To address the omission, a separate list featuring Paul Sorvino and other actors was made accessible to viewers through a QR code during the tribute.

In response to the public's disappointment, the academy issued a statement on March 13, explaining the constraints of "limited available time" as a reason for not being able to include all actors in the broadcasted in memoriam segment. The statement clarified, "The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment. An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time. All the submissions are included on A.frame and will remain on the site throughout the year."