Farrah Fawcett, Bea Arthur snubbed during 'In Memoriam' segment
While we all were playing Oscar bingo while watching the annual death montage, two notable absences have stirred the pot considerably. Notice that Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur were absent? They must have been too busy cramming in Roy Disney and Brittany Murphy.
“Farrah’s shocking omission from the ‘In Memoriam’ montage on the Oscars isn’t a reflection of Farrah," Farrah's Story producer and director Craig J. Nevius told Access Hollywood. "It’s a reflection of the producers and of the Academy itself. After all, this is a broadcast (as opposed to a ‘production’) that has become all about shuffling winners on and off stage and cutting off acceptance speeches in order to make more air time for jokes without punchlines and scripted spontaneity the likes of which we haven’t seen since vaudeville. They should be ashamed of themselves and owe a public apology in the name of Farrah Fawcett.”
Arthur's people didn't say anything, but they were too busy gaping at the fact that Michael Jackson got in for being in 1978's The Wiz, but Bea's multi-decade screen resume didn't get her in. Meanwhile, the Oscar folks bumbled along.
"It is highly unlikely that we forgot about Farrah Fawcett but we unfortunately don't include everyone each year." Academy rep Leslie Unger told RadarOnline. "There are many angles that are looked at as to who to include and unfortunately we don't include everyone."
At least Patrick Swayze managed to make the cut.
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