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Gene Wilder

To Adele or Bruno, is the awards-show question

To Adele or Bruno, is the awards-show question

There are, broadly speaking, two ways to posthumously honor legends at an award show (and without award shows, as Tina Fey reminded us, how would we know which dead people to care about?)

There’s a way to evoke the late star themselves. Or there’s a way to honor the personality by giving them the most stellar tribute imaginable.

It’s a subject worth thinking about with the Oscars coming up in — can they get here already? — 13 days, when producers will remind us of a tragically long list of screen names who’ve died in the past year, including Gene Wilder, Carrie Fisher, Anton...