After announcing the five nominees for best cinematography at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, presenter Bill Murray decided to add a sixth nominee to the list. “Oh, we forgot one: Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.”;
Ramis, who had been friends with Murray since the late 1970s, died last month of inflammatory vasculitis. He was 69.
In addition to working together on the three films that Murray singled out, the pair also worked together on Meatballs and Stripes.
In an interview with the New Yorker in 2004, Ramis revealed that he and Murray had had a falling out during the filming of Groundhog Day. “At times, Bill was just really irrationally mean and unavailable; he was constantly late on set,” said Ramis, who attributed Murray’s erratic behaviour to the dissolution of his marriage. “What I’d want to say to him is just what we tell our children: ‘You don’t have to throw tantrums to get what you want. Just say what you want.'”
In that same interview, Ramis described the impact that the loss of Murray’s friendship had on his life: “It’s a huge hole in my life. But there are so many pride issues about reaching out. Bill would give you his kidney if you needed it, but he wouldn’t necessarily return your phone calls.”
The two reportedly reconciled prior to Ramis’ death.