Was Andy Vajna's death too late for him to make the cut?
The major players in the list warrant a rapid-fire montage, IMHO. So for Albert Finney, say, there would be millisecond clips from TOM JONES, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, ANNIE or THE DRESSER, and SKYFALL. A nice way to convey the range of their careers -- and something I think they used to do anyway.
At least they used some film music this year. Considering the immense library of poignant music written for films it's insulting that they haven't done so consistently. Something from one of the recently deceased composers would be especially apt.