The media is up in arms over Farrah Fawcett being left out of last night’s In Memoriam at the Oscars. Each year the Academy recognizes people of the film industry who have passed in the last year, but since Farrah was predominantly a television actress, she wasn’t included.
People like Patrick Swayze, Ron Silver, Natasha Richardson, David Carradine were all a part of the tribute, but Farrah and actress Bea Arthur were not. Film critic Roger Ebert was one of the first to criticize. He tweeted, "No Farrah in the memorial. They have a lot of 'splaining to do."
Craig Nevius, who worked Fawcett on her documentary Farrah's Story told Radar Online, "Farrah's shocking omission from the In Memoriam montage on the Oscars isn't a reflection of Farrah. 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."
Jane Fonda also expressed her disappointment, tweeting, "Where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included."
A rep for the Oscars replied, "It is highly unlikely that we forgot about Farrah Fawcett but we unfortunately don't include everyone each year. There are many angles that are looked at as to who to include and unfortunately we don't include everyone."
Do you think this was a snub, or was the Academy right in leaving Farrah out?