five months later Rust Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of the indie western, the Oscars tonight recognized her passing and the tragedy that caused it.
Similar to the spotlight on the death of Midnight Rider second assistant camera Sarah Jones in 2014, Hutchins’ tribute appeared in the In Memoriam segment of the 94th Academy Awards. The 42-year-old Ukrainian filmmaker was featured at the start of the traditional segment. Hutchins finished fifth after former Oscar winners Sidney Poitier, Olympia Dukakis, William, Hurt and Stephen Sondheim.
Hutchins was killed by live ammunition from a prop gun unloaded by Baldwin on October 21, 2021 on the set of Rust at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Sante Fe, New Mexico. “I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos during a Dec. 2 interview. the aviator and The man who marries The actor also told Stephanopoulos, “People in the know, even inside the state, have told me that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll be charged with anything criminally.”
“The idea that whoever is holding the gun and causing it to be discharged is not responsible is absurd to me,” said Matt Hutchins, Halyna’s husband. Today‘s Hoda Kotb in a February 24 interview. “Watching him, I felt so angry,” the widower continued to Kotb. “I was so angry to see him speak about her death so publicly in such detail and then accept no responsibility after just describing killing her.”
Following several other lawsuits for various Rust crew members, the Hutchins Estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin, other producers and more last month. The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office has not charged or arrested anyone as its investigation into what really happened on October 21 continues.