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Posted at 5:59 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Oscars "In Memoriam" Redux

By Lauren Wiseman

After trolling the Internet reading all things "Oscar" today, there was a lot of disappointment in the omission of some actors from the "In Memoriam" tribute. Two that come to mind include '80s teen star turned bad boy Corey Haim (I mean, how could they forget "Lucas?"), and drama laden singer and actor Eddie Fisher (he famously divorced Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor).

Last year Farrah Fawcett was famously left out of the tribute.

I called the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today to inquire about how they determine who makes the cut and specifically asked for a comment on Haim, who the UK Guardian said was "one of the world's most bankable actors before he turned 21."

This is all the Academy had to say about that (in an email no less received just as the clock hit 5 pm).

"The 2011 'In Memoriam' sequence paid tribute to 41 filmmakers who had died since the previous Academy Awards broadcast, the largest number of individuals ever included in the feature. The 'In Memoriam' piece will never be able to acknowledge all of those that the art form has lost over the course of a year however, and the Academy understands that.

Whatever the length of the sequence, there will always be fans and family members of those not included who will be disappointed by their omission. The Academy extends its understanding and its apologies to those who missed seeing a favorite face in this year's feature."

Share with us who you would like to have seen memorialized at the Oscars last night. Do you think Corey Haim and others really got "snubbed" or is the Academy's editing process fair?

By Lauren Wiseman  | February 28, 2011; 5:59 PM ET
Categories:  Actors, actresses, Lauren Wiseman  
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Maury Chaykin, who died in July on his 61st birthday, was a sad omission. I take it from the response you received from the Academy, as well as the story you link to, that the Academy has a simply torturous time cutting down the number of people they honor in the In Memoriam segment. Don't they realize that their viewers actually look forward to it, and could bear to sit through the experience for another 30 seconds?

Posted by: WalterFinch | February 28, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Did I see a different broadcast of the Oscars? Eddie Fisher was noted in the In Memoriam segment; photograph circa 1955 and his name -- near the beginning of the segment.

Posted by: mczez | February 28, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I just watched a video and unless it started after the beginning, I did not see a mention of Eddie Fisher. However I will contact the Academy and see if we can get a complete list.

Another actor that comes to mind of forgotten stars is Peter Graves.

Posted by: LaurenWiseman | February 28, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I think that anyone who has given their life and career to the motion picture industry deserves a mention in the "In Memorium" segment of the Academy Awards. It is, after all, an industry awards show, and while technicians and other behind-the-camera people might be all but unknown to the general public, they are probably well-known within the motion picture industry and deserve inclusion.

I fail to see how the MPAA can neglect such on-screen luminaries as Fawcett and Haim. Their deaths were widely publicized and they were quite well-known both inside and outside the film community. Their omissions from the tribute does come across to the public as something of a snub, and I'm sure the families of the deceased are more than a little bit hurt by this.

Posted by: JoeRiley | March 2, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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