In response to the backlash, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement to Us Weekly explaining their decision.
“The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ segment," a spokesperson said.
“An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time. All the submissions are included on Oscar.com.”
Boyce was only 20 when he passed away in July from an epilepsy-induced seizure. Fans know him for his roles in Descendents and Grown Ups.
The In Memorium segment of the night was soundtracked by Billie Eilish’s rendition of The Beatles’ “Yesterday”. Tributes were paid to basketball player and Oscar-winner Kobe Bryant and screen legend Kirk Douglas, among others.