John Travolta Gets Choked During ‘In Memoriam’ Oscars Remembering ‘Grease’ Co-Star

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John Travolta at the 2023 Oscars

Image via ABC/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Every year, the In Memoriam section of the Oscars sure to be one that tickles both audiences and industry alike, as it remembers the best and brightest creative minds that Hollywood has lost in the past year.

This year, John Travolta he was asked to introduce the show with Lenny Kravitz. In fact, one of Travolta’s most famous roles was in the musical A while with Olivia Newton-John, who tragically passed away last August.

Although Travolta did not name his scene partner, he became more and more visible as he gave his speech:

“In this business we have the rare luxury of doing what we love for a living, and sometimes doing it with people we love. And since tonight is a celebration of the work and achievements of our community in the past year, it is only appropriate then that we celebrate those we have lost.

Who have dedicated their lives to their craft, both in front of and behind the camera. Through their incredible contributions, each of them left an indelible individual mark that shared and informed us. They have touched our hearts, they have made us laugh, and have been good friends for whom we will always be without hope.”

All credit to Travolta, who is still likely to mourn Newton-John (and perhaps more of the people featured in the In Memoriam), for keeping his frustration so good ‘ as he did while on stage introducing Kravitz.

The 2023 Oscars certainly had its share of emotional speeches and moments (Ke Huy Quan’s best supporting actor comes to mind), but it was definitely hard not to shed tears as Travolta spoke in honor of the his co-star who left.

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