Atlanta-based TCM smartly created a five-minute montage of Hollywood figures both in front and behind the camera who passed away in 2012 (though there is still 21 days left in the year, most best-of lists are already out as it is.)
The network is smartly beating the Oscars to the punch by several weeks. It also uses arty video of the local Starlight Drive In on Moreland.
Among those featured: Andy Griffith , Celeste Holm, Ann Rutherford, Ben Gazzara, Larry Hagman, Michael Clarke Duncan and longtime friend of TCM Ernest Borgnine, producer Richard D. Zanuck, director/producer Tony Scott, writer/director Nora Ephron, writers Gore Vidal and Ray Bradbury, cinematographer Bruce Surtees, conceptual designer Ralph McQuarrie and special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi. In addition, TCM pays tribute to several music makers who found success in the film world, including Whitney Houston, Andy Williams, Davy Jones and Levon Helm, as well as songwriters Hal David, Marvin Hamlisch and Robert Sherman.