February 24th, 2012
06:06 PM ET
The Grammys went to great efforts to celebrate the life and acknowledge the passing of Whitney Houston, but don’t expect quite the same from the Academy Awards.
At the height of her career, Houston was a bona fide movie star, but Oscar show producers say they're not planning any special tribute to her beyond a mention in the traditional “In Memoriam” piece.
That segment will last about four minutes and include dozens of industry figures who died in the past year (including notables who worked in front of the camera and behind the scenes).
Grammy show producers had just a day between Houston’s death and the start of their show to put together a tribute worthy of her. Most critics felt they pulled it off, and they were rewarded with their best ratings in decades.
Of course, there’s no doubt Houston’s achievements came mainly in music. She enjoyed big box office success with “The Bodyguard”, “Waiting to Exhale” and “The Preacher’s Wife”, but that’s about the sum total of her screen credits. Her upcoming film “Sparkle” marked her first big screen role in well over a decade.
So it’s a tough call for the Academy on how to honor her memory. Viewers will decide if they got it right.
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