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Published on February 27th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby

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Stan Lee’s Legacy Honored at the Academy Awards With ‘In Memoriam’ Tribute

Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, the multimedia company founded in 2001 by the iconic comic book creator Stan Lee with his friend and business partner Gill Champion, proudly celebrated the monumental events of this year’s Academy Awards, which not only honored the company’s beloved founder on screen, but also some of the biggest wins of the year went to movies based on Stan Lee’s original characters.

On Sunday February 24th, Hollywood’s biggest stars and film elite came out to celebrate the 91st Academy Awards, known as the Oscars, and it was already a record-breaking moment for the comic book industry as it was the first year that a film based on comic book characters have been nominated for the “Best Picture” category. The night went on to mark the history books yet again when two films, “Black Panther” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” based on characters Stan Lee co-created, went on to win multiple Oscars.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, while “Black Panther” won three awards for Best Original Score, Production Design, and Costume Design.

Throughout the award season and multiple award shows both of the films have been praised universally by critics and audiences alike for their unique storytelling and their ability to push boundaries in society today. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” dazzled audiences as an animated film while the critically acclaimed “Black Panther” broke box office records and was universally recognized for being a mostly-black ensemble cast.

“Sunday night was a monumental, emotional night and a testament to Stan’s inspiring legacy,” says Scott D. Williams, CEO of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. “Millions of people all around the world felt a connection to the relatable characters Stan Lee created and we are so proud to see his characters get this high recognition from the film industry. Although sadly Stan couldn’t be with us to share this moment, we know how elated and thrilled he would be and we plan to continue to celebrate his legacy and share his work, for many generations to come.”

During this year’s ceremony, televised to 30 million people worldwide, Stan Lee was also remembered in the “In Memoriam” tribute recap to all the legends and icons the world has lost in the past year. Despite being told to hold their applause, Oscar attendees inside the Hollywood Dolby Theatre clapped upon seeing Stan’s instantly recognizable image appear on the big screen as a nod to his incredible legacy, a body of work quite unlike anything ever before it.

Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment continues to operate under the guardianship of his business partner Gill Champion, who serves as the President, alongside company CEO Scott D. Williams. The company has been and will continue to be the guardian of Stan Lee’s legacy and is excited to roll out new projects and adventures Stan had been working on. This month alone, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment announced two high profile partnerships with two large toy brands – Mego Corporation and Funko – to develop new toys based on Stan Lee intellectual property.

Last month, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment spearheaded a global Stan Lee tribute event “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” held at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre. The historic, star-studded event was attended by dozens of Stan’s closest industry friends, as well as many creators and entertainers who paid respects and shared fond memories of the man who influenced their lives, many since childhood.  Kevin Smith, Mark Hamill, Laurence Fishburne, Seth Green, RZA, Black Eyed Peas apl.de.ap and Taboo, Clark Gregg, Felicia Day, Wesley Snipes, Phil Lord, Amy Pascal, Bill Duke, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, cast members from Marvel’s “The Runaways,” cast members from FX’s “Legion,” and Fox’s “The Gifted,” were among many who shared personal stories, read Stan’s favorite poetry or performed during the historic tribute.

About Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment

POW! Entertainment Inc. is a multimedia company founded in 2001 by the iconic comic book creator Stan Lee  with his friend and business partner Gill Champion, who is the President today, to create and license intellectual properties for entertainment media, including: feature length films, television, merchandising, branded content and other related ancillary markets as well as exclusively maintain and protect the ownership of his name, likeness, voice, trademarks and publicity rights throughout the world. POW! Entertainment was acquired by Hong Kong-based Camsing International Holding Limited, one of China’s leading brand licensing, entertainment, marketing and promotion companies, in 2017. Under new leadership, another original founder and industry veterans from Marvel and MGM, POW! is working with top writers, artists, animators, filmmakers and actors to extend the legacy of the greatest storyteller of our time.


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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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