Bill Murray gave a brief but poignant shoutout to his old friend Harold Ramis while presenting the Academy Award for Best Cinematography Sunday night.
After announcing the nominees with Amy Adams, Murray added, "Oh, we forgot one: Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day."
The audience roared in approval when the actor mentioned his late former colleague, who wrote all three of the aforementioned Murray comedy vehicles:
When the applause quieted, Murray apologized for stealing the moment, then handed the prize to the actual 2014 Oscar winner, Gravity's Emmanuel Lubezki.
Murray, 63, and Ramis were longtime friends and collaborators who came up in the Chicago comedy scene before heading off to Hollywood decades ago.
Harold Ramis died on February 24 at the age of 69.
Murray told Time of the beloved writer, actor and director who brought so many projects to life: "He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him."