The Oscars paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning actor who died last year – devoting part of its traditional In Memoriam section to the actor whose death at the age of 46 shocked the film world.
Hoffman won the best actor award for his performance as Truman Capote in the 2005 biopic of the celebrated writer, and had three best supporting actor nominations for Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt and The Master. He was one of the most widely praised actors of his generation, creating startling performances for some of America's most acclaimed directors, including Todd Solondz (Happiness), Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master) and the Coen brothers (The Big Lebowski). He also shone in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr Ripley and George Clooney's The Ides of March, with arguably his finest role in the Charlie Kaufman-directed Synecdoche, New York.
Hoffman died of a drugs overdose in February 2014. Fellow actors including Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Joaquin Phoenix attended his funeral at the Church of St Ignatius Loyola in New York.
Read the Guardian's obituary of Philip Seymour Hoffman here.
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