Oscars In Memoriam: Who Was Snubbed?

Larry Hagman OscarsWhere were Andy Griffith, Larry Hagman, and other important Hollywood figures snubbed from this year’s Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ reel tonight? The annual segment paid tribute to dozens of the stars and filmmakers who passed away in the last year, including Ernest Borgnine, Michael Clarke Duncan, Best Costume Oscar nominee Eiko Ishioka, Ray Bradbury, Richard D. Zanuck, and even Beastie Boy/Oscilloscope exec Adam Yauch. But they couldn’t squeeze in everyone. So the Academy posted a supplementary online gallery to cover its bases with a slideshow honoring those who didn’t make the telecast. Over 100 departed talents who passed away in the last year including Hagman, Griffith, Harry Carey Jr, Ann Rutherford, David R. Ellis, Nagisa Oshima, Donna Summer, Susan Tyrrell, Alex Karras, director Mel Stuart and Gore Vidal earned non-broadcast mentions. Yet there were even more snubs: Actress Phyllis Diller, Native American icon Russell Means, actress Lupe Ontiveros, actor Robin Sachs, actor Sherman Hemsley, puppeteer Jerry Nelson and actor Conrad Bain didn’t warrant mentions in the Academy’s online gallery. Who else missed the cut?

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  1. I was sad two-time Oscar nominated actress Joyce Redman was not mentioned nor was Oscar nominee Susan Tyrrell. seriously ? what do you have to do to get in ? ugh

  2. There were so many people that were snubbed. One client of mine, who passed late in the day on December 31, 2011, a well known,respected and liked feature line producer/production manager was forgotten last year and I thought he would have been mentioned this year, Andy La Marca.

    This year already, there are many people to add to the list for the 2014 broadcast. Producer, Lloyd Phillips, Producer/Director, Chris Brinker, among others.,

    1. Holy Crap — Andy LaMarca passed away?! I had no idea.

      Andy gave me my first job in the industry. I will always be grateful.

  3. I can’t say he was exactly snubbed in light of the Streisand tribute and all, but I found it a little sad that in a year where there was so much (deserved) lauding of the Bond films and their music (including John Barry’s music playing under the In Memoriam segment) that one of the best Bond movie songs was given no recognition.

    Nobody Does It Better was composed by Hamlisch and I don’t think we heard a note of it all evening.

  4. Really??? Jen Lawrence ? Best actress? Hathaway ? Best supporting???? I love how Jen fell hard and didn’t thank her director. Neither did Hathaway …,Ugh… I hoped for an Amour upset but alas no!

    1. While I think Lawrence did a fantastic job and I don’t give a rat’s ass who she thanked, I will say, Les Miserables was pretty much rigged to win a bunch of stuff. Make-up? Come on. Really? Slathering people with dirt and cutting their hair wins an Oscar over the ridiculous amount of fantastic make-up work on The Hobbit?

  5. if the producers hadn’t spent soooo much time unnecessarily tributing movie musicals and commemorating their OWN “Chicago” Oscar win, then perhaps there would have been more time for more names.

    1. Oh! That explains everything. I didn’t understand what was the point of showing musicals and songs that were not even competing. Leave that to the Tonys or the grammys.

  6. Patty Andrews! She and her sisters made numerous musicals for Universal in the 1940s, starring in several of them.

  7. Er, Nagisa Oshima anyone? Director of In the Realm of the Senses and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence?
    The Academy has no soul.

  8. TCM’s end of the year In Memoriam reel “TCM Remembers” has been out-shining & out-classing the Oscars for years now. They manage to include EVERYBODY in a respectful manner, and the music is always creative and moving. Look them up on Youtube; they are terrific.

    Here’s the recent one for 2012 – and yes they managed to fir Griffith, Karras and Vidal: http://vimeo.com/55815326

    I was especially bummed to see Ann Rutherford omitted from the Oscar In Memoriam. Not only did she play Scarlet O’Hara’s sister in “Gone With the Wind”, but she was the romantic foil for Mickey Rooney in most of the Andy Hardy movies which were a HUGE deal in the 30’s & 40’s.

    1. Agree 100% that TCM does a great job with their “TCM Remembers.” You would The Academy would take a page (or look at) what they put out.

      They could elimiate some of the nonsense and put together a decent “In memorium” if they really care—–which I stronly doubt.

      They also missed Phylis Thaxter and Richard Dawson.
      I am a big movie buff. A few yrs back they missed Val Avery, a character actor going back to the late 50s. Not a mention from the Academy. Every year it gets worse. I will not watch it next year, I am fed up with them.

    1. I agree. I am very angry. Michael Winner was a fine director and made many movies with many fine actors including Bert Lancaster, Marlon Brando, Robert Mitchen and of course Death Wish actor Charles Bronson. No question he should have been mentioned.I have never heard of half the people they mention. But of course the Brits are always treated as also rans! Hope I haven’t bored you!!

  9. The Oscar website, which has many more names than the show, shows production designer Roy Walker as having died (buried on slide 107 of 114), but any news of him has disappeared, and both imdb and wikipedia have almost no information.

    He was art director or production designer on a ton of big movies, from the 60s to the 90s, including Talented Mr Ripley, Good Morning, Vietnam, Yentl, and The Killing Fields. He worked for Stanley Kubrick three times, on Eyes Wide Shut, The Shining, and, most importantly, Barry Lyndon, where he won an Oscar. If he is dead, then he was a major oversight, if only because of how amazing the work on Barry Lyndon was, and because people have been ripping off his Barry Lyndon work ever since.

  10. Why is it that Turner Classics manages to produce a classy, all-inclusive tribute every December, but the Academy always leaves us disappointed. Leaving out Andy Griffith (A Face in the Crowd!), Ann Rutherford, Gore Vidal – those are major. Shame, shame, shame, Academy, on so many levels.

  11. though we truly love mr hagman and mr griffith both those wonderful actors are more associated with television, not film. sorry

    1. Mr. Casella – Have you never heard of “A Face in the Crowd”? Look it up, then still maintain that Andy Griffith was “more associated with television, not film…”

    2. I’m guessing you were only born in the last 30 years, Mr. Casella. Griffith got his start in movies, big movies like “A Face in the Crowd,” and “No Time for Sergeants.”

      Besides that, you want to explain to me exactly how Michelle Obama has ANYTHING to do with movies, Hollywood, or the Oscars? If you’re going to pull the “well they were excluded because they aren’t associated with Hollywood or movies” nonsense, then you’d better explain THAT.

    3. Isn’t it sad that TCM clearly outshines The Academy in this area. There are no excuses since TCM puts out their “In Memorium,” first!! Hello! does anbody connected with the Academy review what TCM puts out? If so, then they are remiss; if not, they are neglegent. Anybody out there ever hear of Val Avery? Well, most will not know who he is, but if I show you his pic you’d say, “I know who he is.” Yes, that’s b/c he’s been in pics for over 50 yrs. and not a mention by the Academy when he passed a few yrs. back. TCM didn’t forget him though! The Academy absolutely STINKS when it comes to their “In Memorium” segment—–PERIOD—–and it’s been that way for a few yrs now, so it’s no accident!

  12. This sounds like a movie
    A1 star fakes death to get final round of applause
    A2 star sightings
    A3 star is committed from the Oscar memoriam walks on stage to standing ovation steals Oscar.

  13. Really? An online gallery? What’s the broadcast tribute, then, the “cool kids table of death”? Boy they really botched it this time.

  14. Posts like these is why the Academy should just scrap this section. They just can’t win. Are we suppose to be outraged that they are not including everyone and anyone that has ever had two seconds on films?! Hagman and Griffith arguably contributed more to TV than film. Thus is not about Hollywood. It’s about the Academy honoring their own. And are they really suppose to take 6 minutes to fill out the show with this?!?!?

  15. If they were to cut those damn irritating commercials by half, that
    probably would given ample time to include all the people who passed away last year.

  16. Very sad that so many were left out, especially when they contributed so much to the industry. Disappointing to their fans that whoever is in charge of the In Memoriam segment can’t do a better job!

  17. Gerry Anderson.

    While his live action shows like “Space 1999” and “UFO” were only modestly successful in the US, they and all of the numerous puppet shows he did: Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the rest, were massive inspirations around the world to budding film makers like JJ Abrams and Peter Jackson. Indeed, Stanley Kubrick was so impressed with Anderson’s shows, he poached many of his FX technicians for “2001”. And Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop recently announced a revamp of “Thunderbirds”.

  18. The in memoriam used to be the reason I watched the oscars. It was always done tastefully and was a great tribute to those who have left us. There didn’t seem to be a time limit needed to pay homage to those great people who brought such joy to our lives. In recent years though it seems they have put a price on even paying our respects and leave out more and more great people just so they stay within budgets and time. It truly is a sad sad commentary on what should be the awards show that should care more than it apparently does. I’m so totally done with the oscars. This was the sadest excuse for an in memoriam yet. Shame!

  19. should have ditched BABS to at the entire tribute. it’s always a moving moment in the ceremony, even if you don’t know everyone by name but the face will ring a bell. did anyone else notice that her dress got a credit at the end???

  20. With all the people left out, two names that were included: Lois Smith and Geoff Ammer? I would think the priority for this segment is for acknowledging those who are involved with the “arts” and “sciences” of the industry.

  21. Weren’t Andy Griffith and Larry Hagman considered mostly TV actors? The Oscars usually doesn’t include those – not that I’ve noticed recently anyway.

    1. Isn’t Michelle Obama considered mostly someone who married well, and launched a disastrous school lunch program? If she gets to give away Best Film front and center on the Jumbotron, I think the least the AMPAS could do was include Andy, Larry, and Phyllis in their In Memoriam piece.

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