When James Gandolfini’s picture flashes on the screen during the “In Memorium” tribute at the Academy Awards ceremony on March 2, 2014, it will be a sad and emotional moment for the audience and the viewers. The actor was only 51, and his death on June 19 was so sudden and unexpected.
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HBO will honor the “Sopranos” star with a tribute on Sunday, December 22 at 8:30, with the special program, “James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend.” More than two dozen friends and colleagues will reminisce about the Emmy winner. Along with first-person reflections, there will be clips of Gandolfini’s work, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.
The late actor’s performance in Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, has earned him Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.