Bill Murray was one of the many celebrities who had the honor of presenting at the 86th annual Academy Awards, on March 2.
While presenting the award for Best Cinematography, along with actress Amy Adams, Murray took the opportunity to pay tribute to his late friend Harold Ramis. After announcing the nominees, Murray cleverly included Ramis by saying: “Oh, we forgot one. Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.” All of the films mentioned by Murray were written, directed, acted in by Ramis. Murray’s statement generated laughter, cheers, and applause from every member of the audience.
Murray also talked to reporters on the red carpet about Ramis. “I imagine Harold Ramis will be remembered tonight,” a reporter said to Murray. “I know he will be. He’s missed …he’s missed,” Murray replied. “And there are a lot of people here that find it hard to believe. He was a big potato in the stew that is show business.”
Murray and Ramis, who died on February 24 after losing his fight against autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, were long-time friends, who often collaborated on many films, including the ones mentioned above. However, after a disagreement that occurred while filming Groundhog Day, Murray and Ramis had a bitter feud, and did not speak for years. Ramis explained to The New Yorker , in 2004, that the loss of his friendship left “a huge hole in my life.” However, he explained that he would always remain a supporter of Murray’s work.
Even though the pair had not been on speaking terms, Murray still issued a statement, following Ramis’ death, to TIME magazine. “Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day,” Murray said. “He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”
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