2011 Oscars 'In Memoriam' Didn't Mention…

UPDATED: So who was this year’s Brad Renfro, Farrah Fawcett, and Bea Arthur? Forgotten dead Hollywood types included Oscar-nominated Don Peterman, Director of Photography for Splash, Cocoon, Flashdance, Star Trek IV, Point Break, Get Shorty, Men In Black, and many others. Marty Baum, the longtime CAA motion picture talent agent. Eric Rohmer, the arthouse French filmmaker and screenwriter who was one of the key figures of the post-war New Wave cinema movement and who made 24 films. Corey Haim, the teen film actor who died last March at age 38. Maria Schneider, from 1972’s Last Tango In Paris who died of cancer this month. Monica Johnson, co-writer of the Albert Brooks films Real Life, Modern Romance, Lost in America, The Muse, and Mother. Lisa Blount, who not only was an Academy nominee for An Officer And Gentleman but also a winner as producer of the Best Short Film in 2002. More coming in…

    1. Corey Haim deserved nothing? Really. Why? Can you logically say WHY he deserved nothing? And what the hell is wrong with you?

    2. Why? He was someone who stared in iconic roles like Lucas and Lost Boys. He was a great actor who got messed up and was rejected (unlike Robert Downey, Jr and Nick Nolte). He was making a comeback with many movies that were going to be made in 2010 and 2011, including his directorial debut and he had been in a movie that did pretty well in the box office in 2009, Crank 2.

      Who is worthy and who isn’t worthy in your opinion to be remembered? Corey Haim, along with all of the others who were and weren’t included in this years memorial will live on when people in different generations watch their films. Some roles and lines are iconic. “I speak Jive” and “Death By Stereo!” among others…

      Corey and all the others who weren’t part of the memorial deserved to be honored by their peers. They worked and sacrificed for the very business they call show, the very least they can do is give them ten or twenty seconds at the end of the year when they all get together to honor their own, no matter if they’ve had the best career ever in the history of films or if you were someone who got the shaft for whatever reason.

  1. Did I miss Kenneth Mars being mentioned? He died like 2 weeks ago. And his roles in The Producers and Young Frankenstein certainly mean he would be deserving…

      1. There were a handful of people who died in January 2011 and later who WERE featured (i.e. Pete Postlethwaite.) So it doesn’t go by that. Barbara Billingsley was omitted as well…

        1. You know – that right there is why I don’t watch this show any longer. It’s unbelievable to me they wouldn’t mention Barbara Billingsley who had one of the most memorable (and funniest) scenes in the iconic completely game-changing movie Airplane.

          I also think Corey Haim should have been recognized. I see judgments behind their decisions, but that’s not the job of that sequence, it’s to show you who passed – not the reasons behind it.

          Glad I missed it. I’m sure they could find the time to mention those that passed by asking the winners to refrain from thanking their legal teams.

  2. They also didn’t mention Charles Pierce, one of the top independent film makers who did over 25 films. The Academy is apparently a bunch of major studio suck- up, stupid, incompetent people that belong in some institutional care facility.


  3. I was pretty unsober by the time the In Memoriam came around (as we all should have been to get through this awards ceremony) but was Tarantino’s long time editor Sally Menke mentioned?

    1. She was in it.
      Have to agree on the mistake of leaving Peter Graves out.
      While most of his career was TV, he did a few major movies, “Airplane” being the biggest & constantly quoted & more importantly, spoofed all the time.

      1. Graves’ role as the traitor in the WWII POW Camp drama “Stalag 17” wasn’t exactly chopped liver, either.

  4. The two that really stick out to me is Monica Johnson and Lisa Blount. One who made several major comedic contributions to our craft… and one WHO WON AN OSCAR!

    Seriously Academy, you need an attitude adjustment. 10 seconds less of Celine Dion on screen to show 2 or 3 additional people is the least you can do. Oh wait a sec… it’s the Academy. How foolish of me to think they have common sense.

    1. Great post – and exactly what I was thinking. This is a favorite part of the show, and they have done nothing but cut it and cut it to allow for winners to thank their lawyers … yawn.

      Since I haven’t watched the show in years (including this year) I didn’t know that they excluded Peter Graves along with the 2 you mentioned … all I can think about is *wow* – whoever made these decisions should be automatically fired.

  5. Del Reisman. President of the Writer’s Guild and 50 years of work toward the art I guess gets you no nod? Truly bs.

  6. It’s very sad that no one has yet realized that Peter Graves was left out. An outstanding career that was more in movies than in television. His role in Airplane was enough alone. A bad miss.

    1. Yes! I missed the first few names, so I wasn’t sure if he was included. But he was in a lot of movies (Airplane! and Stalag 17 being the ones he was most famous for), and would have deserved it.

    2. “Joey – have you ever seen a grown man naked?”

      Peter Graves – what a great actor – even if *** spoiler ****

      He WAS the spy in Stalag 17!

  7. They also didn’t mention my friend, Perry Moore, who died just a week ago at 39 and was Executive Producer of the “Narnia” films. He will be dearly missed.

  8. Apparently, they were bumped because of the extended tribute to singer Lena Horne by Halle Berry which is of course much more important as the Academy was again taking flack for an all white Oscars. Sorry dead folks. Horne “appeared” in 8 films and was featured in one as a star I believe “Stormy Weather”. I could be wrong.

    1. Really, that’s why 3 or 4 dead White people weren’t mentioned because of the 90 second tribute to Lena Horne? You’re an idiot. How about if they would’ve nixed the walking dead, Kirk Douglas, from wasting 20 minutes on a very painful and awkward presentation of the best supporting actress award. And no, he was not funny. Pity laughter never makes for good television.

      1. Actually, a lot of names could be shown in 90 seconds…and yes, it was likely a response to the bitching about no black actors being nominated. Glad to see Douglas…if you felt pity, that’s your own personal issue, but being that you called him “The Walking Dead,” I’m not sure where you’re coming from….

        Oh, and your name is just precious.

  9. Yea, “Airplane!” was completely snubbed, as they showed a clip from “The Naked Gun” for Leslie Nielsen, and didn’t show Peter Graves or Barbara Billingsley.

    I know they were primarily TV actors, but “Have you ever seen a grown man naked?” and “Oh, stewardess, I speak Jive” would have (sadly) been the best jokes of the night.

  10. Three more shocking omissions: Betty Garrett, John Forsythe, and the worst of all, legendary voice-over (2700 trailers!) Art Gilmore, perhaps the most-heard voice in movie history.

    1. John Forsythe WAS in the montage. Of course, if you blinked, you could have missed any number of people. And then there was the cut-away to Celine Dion. I say, eliminate some of the mindless banter (Luna bars, twitters, etc.) and stick to instrumental from the pit orchestra and honor all those in the movie industry who died IN THAT YEAR. The people who passed away in 2011 will be on 2012, that way no one is missed if they died right before the awards ceremony. We don’t need a live singer to distract from the actual homage!

    1. WHOEVER is responsible for determining who is included for REMEMBRANCE should be FIRED, CANNED and CAST OUT TO SEA.

      Omitting MARTY BAUM is unforgivable, unbelieveable and down right STUPID. HE was ESSENTIAL to SiDNEY POITER’S rise to the triple A list and THE trusted aide and agent who advised, guided and sought out suitable material for him. Without MARTY BAUM there would be no BEST ACTOR OSCAR for Sidney and furthermore no “TO SIR WITH LOVE” or “IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT.”

      Moreover as PRESIDENT of ABC PICTURES; HE green-lighted “CABARET” and when no one was interested HE set up meeting with all the top studio for RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH’S, “GHANDI.”


      1. people did try to get him on the “list” but were told it was too late. HA…shame on the academy for this among other things

      2. JJ, thank you so much for your words.
        We know who he was and what he did, that’s enough for me.
        As Sidney P said, “He was The Wizard”

  11. Don Peterman, Director of Photography.
    Splash, Cocoon, Flashdance (oscar nominated), Star Trek IV, Point Break, Get Shorty, Men in Black…and many others.
    A wonderful and talented man.

  12. I noticed:

    a) unlike before, when they would add a clip of the film(s) that the producer, editor or little known actor was famous for, they didn’t bother this year. So in many cases the audience was left with a wondering of “Who’s that?!?”

    b) I guess the the audience was instructed NOT to applaud this year, so it wouldn’t seem like a dark blatant popularity contest as in past years.

    c) They could have done with less mentions of “Agents” and more mentions of many of the well loved actors snubbed this year!

  13. A great number of people were left out of the In Memoriam this year. I’ll just compare to Turner Classic Movies, which had a 5 minute segment on New Year’s Eve with over 100 very important filmmakers who passed away (ranging from actors to cinematographers to editors to all the other job categories). Since I’m more an animation person, I think the main omissions would be Disney/DreamWorks animator Pres Romanillos (who died at age 47 and was working in films right up to this year) and legendary Japanese director Satoshi Kon (who, besides being a visionary in animation, made films that at the very least seem to have been inspirations for two of this year’s Best Picture nominees, Black Swan and Inception).

    Just thinking of Satoshi Kon alone (who also died quite young at 46, right in the middle of production on his next film), it’s a real shame and an insult to Japanese filmmakers and animation as a whole that he wasn’t remembered and honored, either by the Academy or by any of the filmmakers he had an impact on. Of all people in Hollywood, only Dean DeBlois (director of How to Train Your Dragon) gave any statement in memorial of him at his passing. This massive oversight is the most grating thing of this year’s Oscars, and based on the many complaints (in a number of languages) on Twitter and elsewhere, I think I’m not alone in saying that the film-savvy public is quite upset at his exclusion from the In Memoriam. Animation (and particularly Japanese animation) continues not to get the respect it deserves, but at least many film watchers are making an effort to remember Satoshi Kon (and I hope they will also remember great artists and animators like Pres Romanillos) in the Academy’s stead. I hope this disturbing trend reverses itself and is corrected in year to come.

    1. I need to correct that one for you. I was at the Nolan Memento Q&A a couple weeks ago, and Guillermo Del Toro called Kon a “great director”. Also, those two are not the only industry people who acknowledged Kon, as there was an AICN interview where Elijah Wood talked about liking Paprika. And Terry Gilliam had Kon’s movies on a list of favorite animated films. That’s about it for now, though.

  14. Is this the new bone to pick with award shows? I bet if you go back in the history(even five years ago) of the Globes/SAG/Oscar’s loads of film people(who passed onto the big movie set in the sky) don’t make it to the list. Why is this so important now?

  15. Yeah, Kenneth Mars… and sadly, apparently Gary Winick died on Sunday. The news hasn’t even traveled outside the Twitterverse yet. What a loss…

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