Emotional moments give 2014 Oscars soulful heft; Bette Midler, Bill Murray honor those who passed

LOS ANGELES - With Ellen DeGeneres hosting, the Oscars had a light and fun feel much of the night, but there were a few poignant moments. 

Music legend and Oscar-nominated actress Bette Midler followed the annual "In Memorandum" video with a touching performance of her classic hit "Wind Beneath My Wings." 

It was the star's first musical appearance at the Oscars.


While Bill Murray and Amy Adams were presenting the nominees for Best Cinematography, the "Ghostbusters" star ad-libbed a tribute to his late friend and collaborator Harold Ramis, who died February 24.

It was all the more moving because Murray and Ramis had reportedly only recently resolved a rift between them following the filming of "Groundhog Day." Prior to that, the two made "Meatballs," "Stripes" and "Caddyshack" together.


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