Oscars snub for Farrah Fawcett wasn’t an oversight
Organisers behind the Academy Awards are refusing to apologise for leaving out Farrah Fawcett from its In Memoriam segment.
Organisers behind the Academy Awards are refusing to apologise for leaving out Farrah Fawcett from its In Memoriam segment this year.
“I would not say that it was an oversight,” Leslie Unger, spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told E! News. “No matter how carefully and how conscientiously people address who is included, there are people who just simply can’t be.
“In any given year there will always be some people that other people think should have been included and that there’s more justification for one person versus another,” says Unger. “It is impossible to include everybody.”
Joining Fawcett in the ‘snubbed’ ranks was actress Bea Arthur.
While both have been popular in other mediums including television and theatre, they have also made their share of feature films. Fawcett even received a Golden Globe nomination for her work in Extremities (pictured). She also appeared in Logan’s Run, The Cannonball Run, and The Apology.
“We were disappointed that she was not included,” Ryan O’Neal said through publicist Arnold Robinson.
Meanwhile others who did appear in the annual montage included Michael Jackson, whose biggest acting role in film was probably 1978’s The Wiz -although his compositions have obviously been included on a myriad of soundtracks.
Bea Arthur, who died last April, appeared in the feature films of Mame, Lovers and Other Strangers, Enemies of Laughter and For Better or Worse.
“Every year there are many difficult decisions that have to be made and not everybody who passed during the year can be included,” says Unger. “That’s the unfortunate reality.”