Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Macaulay Culkin, Judd Nelson and Matthew Broderick led a special dedication to the Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off director at the 82nd Academy Awards.
Broderick said: "Thanks to him, for the last 25 years, nearly every day someone comes up to me, taps me on the shoulder and says, 'Hey Ferris, is this your day off?'"
The actor added that Hughes was "one of the funniest human beings I've ever met".
Sheedy, who starred in Hughes's The Breakfast Club, described the filmmaker as a "modern-day Peter Pan".
The video montage of Hughes's movies included clips from Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Planes, Trains And Automobiles and Home Alone scored to Simple Minds' 'Don't You (Forget About Me)'. It finished with a quote from Ferris Bueller: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
Hughes passed away last year after suffering a heart attack while holidaying in New York. His wife and children were special guests at the Oscars.
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