Late art director Nitin Desai honored at Oscars: See here

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New Delhi: The Oscars paid a heartfelt tribute to the late Bollywood art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai, alongside luminaries such as Tina Turner and Matthew Perry, during the 'In Memoriam' segment. The 2024 Oscars, held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, featured a moving performance of 'Time to Say Goodbye' by Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli.

The Academy shared a video of the ceremony on Instagram, showing the Bocelli's performance and captioning it as the 30th Anniversary Special Edition “It's Time to Say Goodbye” during In Memoriam at the 2024 #Oscars.

Among the global entertainment figures remembered in the segment are directors William Friedkin and Norman Jewison, as well as actors John Bailey, Robbie Robertson, Richard Lewis, Lee Sun-Kyun, Carl Weathers, Matthew Perry, Andre Braugher and others.

Nitin Desai, known for his innovative studio designs and collaborations with filmmakers like Ashutosh Gowarikar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, left an indelible mark with films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000), Lagaan (2002), Devdas (2003), Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015). His legacy includes three Filmfare Awards for Best Art Direction and four National Film Awards for Best Art Direction.

Desai's death on August 2, 2023 was a significant loss for the film industry, prompting tributes from industry stalwarts and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. He was discovered deceased in his studio in Karjat, Maharashtra.