Kobe Bryant and Kirk Douglas Photograph:( Reuters )
Douglas passed away at the age of 103 while Bryant died in a crash earlier last month.
The 92nd annual Oscars paid tributes to the two late legends - Kobe Bryant and Kirk Douglas - during the In Memoriam tribute on Sunday (local time) at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.
During the In Memoriam tribute, this year`s Grammy winner Billie Eilish along with brother Finneas O`Connell performed a cover of The Beatles` `Yesterday.
The Academy had earlier announced a special performance from the Grammy winner and she had expressed her excitement of performing in the In Memoriam tribute on Instagram stories.
Late actor Douglas was a three-time Oscar nominee and received the lifetime achievement Oscar back in 1996.
The late basketball player, Bryant became an Oscar winner in 2018 when his short film `Dear Basketball` took home the best animated short film prize.During the red carpets of the Oscars 2020, American director Spike Lee paid tributes to late basketball player in a special way.
The `BlacKkKlansman` director arrived on the red carpet in a customised purple Gucci suit. The ensemble had gold trim and Bryant`s jersey number, 24, stitched on the lapels and the back of the suit. Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people killed when a helicopter they were travelling in crashed amid foggy conditions and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas last month.
Douglas, after a career spanning over six decades, passed away on February 5 at 103.