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March 8, 2010

Farrah Fawcett Missing From Oscars Tribute

Posted: 07:06 PM ET

By Jocelyn Vena
via MTV.com

On Sunday night during the "In Memoriam" segment of the Oscars telecast, a number of Hollywood's finest were remembered, including Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Brittany Murphy and Ron Silver. But fans were quick to point out that "Charlie's Angels" star Farrah Fawcett was not included in the montage.

Fawcett's longtime partner, Ryan O'Neal, told People magazine in a statement, "There is no comment other than we were disappointed that she was not included."

But O'Neal isn't the only celebrity upset by the oversight. "No Farrah Fawcett in the memorial tribute? Major fail," Roger Ebert tweeted following the show.

Hollywood icon Jane Fonda also chimed in on Twitter: "Where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included #oscars #FAIL."

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Allure   March 8th, 2010 7:08 pm ET

It's a shame that she was not mentioned!!


christine canada   March 8th, 2010 7:27 pm ET

I believe as well that Farrah Fawcett should have been included. However, I'm also upset that some people are criticizing MJ's inclusion. Of course it's only right to include him! He acted in some roles and his music was in many films.Most importantly, however, many of his short films (aka music videos) are regarded as classics. The Academy does not only recognize mainstream movies but any kind of outstanding film. What about TII – the highest grossing concert film? Plus"Thriller" was recently awarded recognition in the Library of Congress – the first time for a music video, or should I say short film.


gigi   March 8th, 2010 7:30 pm ET

Allure

I agree. The producers of the Oscars really messed up.


gigi   March 8th, 2010 7:32 pm ET

christine canada

You've made excellent points there.


babycarie   March 8th, 2010 7:35 pm ET

Hello Allure!
Quick note...Bea Arthur was also missed. Michael was in The Wiz and TII which were in the movies. I don't believe either Farrah or Bea were in the movies on the big screen. In any even it was a poor mistake on Oscar's part. And like Michael not being mentioned on the Grammy's memoriam, John Hughes was also left off the list because like Michael John was given a special segment of remembersnce and did not need re-mentioning..
Be well.


Anne   March 8th, 2010 7:58 pm ET

Farrah Fawcett would be very sad that people are blaming Michael Jackson for her exclusion from the In Memoriam list at the Oscars. She would say he deserved the honor because he hired and worked with and promoted many brilliant directors, he produced and starred in his short films; he loved filmmaking so much he financed, wrote, produced his own movie Moonwalker, his song Ben was nominated for an Academy Award and he sang it at the Oscars in 1973; his movie This Is It earned $25,000,000 at the box office last year and many people think it was snubbed for an Oscar nomination by the Academy. FF was not snubbed to make room for Michael Jackson. As the Academy why they left her out. It was not Michael Jackson's fault. On the imbd website it states he was a composer, writer, director, producer etc of films. So he deserved to be on the list.


Anne   March 8th, 2010 8:03 pm ET

Sorry. Michael Jackson This Is It earned $250,000,000 at the box office. It was a theater film not a made for tv film that is now out on dvd.


ELECTRICLIFE FROM USA   March 8th, 2010 8:34 pm ET

I FEEL BADLY THAT FARRAH WAS NOT MENTIONED AS I DO FOR EVERYONE ELSE WHO WASN'T. IT WAS A SHAMEFUL OVERSITE. HOWEVER I DO NOT BELIEVE ONE WAS SNUBBED TO FREE UP TIME TO MENTION SOMEONE ELSE. EACH ONE HAS BROUGHT TO LIFE A MEMORABLE CHARACTER THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON HAVE NOT ONLY PLAYED IN MOVIES BUT CONTRIBUTED TO THEM AND OTHERS BY PROVIDING THE SOUNDTRACKS OR THEME SONG WHICH I THINK IS JUST AS IMPORTANT.


Theresa   March 8th, 2010 8:40 pm ET

Why should a person be blamed for another not being mentioned on a memoriam list? It's the industry that made the mistake....that 's who's responsible... It is sad that Farrah Fawcett & Bea Arthur were omitted from the list.....someone was asleep @ the wheel!


SUETIGGERS   March 8th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

It's a shame Farrah wasn't mentioned. Ryan's a scumbag....I cannot get it out of my mind that he hit on his own daughter (a terrific actress and woman, Tatum O'Neil) at Farrah's funeral. He should get some kind of low-life aware for that one.
If I were Tatum, I'd change my last name.
But, Farrah should have been remembered.


Carol Londres   March 8th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Besides Farrah Fawcett which is a huge blunder, they forgot to mention Bea Arthur, an Icon for years. Do they not have Exec. Assistants whose built in proofing skills would have made sure no one was forgotten. This has nothing to do with Ryan. it was ABC.
Someone did not proof the list from the beginning of the year to the end. .I hope you'll acknowledge these Larry, as well John Hughes was not shown – he had a special segment...yes, but should have been shown. Just unacceptable. Terrible for the fans and families.


Bill   March 8th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

If she were black she would not have been left out. If she wre black, Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be leading protests.


A. Smith, Oregon   March 9th, 2010 12:03 am ET

It is sad that Farrah Fawcett & Bea Arthur were omitted from the honorable and respectful video memorial.


Memeia   March 9th, 2010 12:53 am ET

I think farrah Fawcett was not mentioned because she did not act in movies. She only acted TV Mike made several appearances in films, most recently This Is It.


dennis   March 9th, 2010 2:26 am ET

Farrah is a TV person. Not a movie person. Even her big hit movie, "The Burning Bed" was a made for TV movie and not a theatrical project. If she is going to honored by the Emmy committee not the Oscars. This was not a snub.


jackie   March 9th, 2010 3:39 am ET

They should ask a spokesman for the oscar this question,it would have cost nothing for her name to be there.


Gerald Jolly   March 9th, 2010 10:54 am ET

Absolutely disgusting, when you consider some of the unknown that were mentioned.

GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!


LacrosseMom   March 9th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

Bea Arthur and Farrah Fawcett were TV personalities and actors. The Oscars is about ...... big screen movies. John Hughes was given his own personal tribute, very nicely done. Peace people, its not the end of the world!


Susan62509   March 9th, 2010 12:10 pm ET

Other people not In Memoriam during the Academy Awards:

Maurice Jarre (scored the movie Ghost)
Bea Arthur
Gene Barry
Henry Gibson
Pat Hingle
Phil Carey
Mickey Carroll (last munchkin from Wiz of Oz)
Harve Presnell
Dominick Dunne
Karl Malden
Natasha Richardson
David Carradine
Dom DeLuise
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Farrah was in movies. Not great ones, but she did appear in approx. 8 – 10. I absolutely cannot believe the Academy omitted Karl Malden or Phil Carey. They have been around for years !!!

Could the Academy have sacrificed Miley Cyrus' time to honor the others? lol Just joking.


Rose   March 9th, 2010 4:51 pm ET

Karl Malden, Dom DeLuise, Natasha Richardson and Carradine were definitely mentioned in the Memoriam. According to Ryan O'Neal, Farrah Fawcett was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. I don't know Bea Arthur's status, but she may very well have been a member also.

Both women mainly were television stars, however if they were members of the Academy, they had a right to be mentioned.

Next year, the Academy should consider removing uninteresting dance segments that take up several minutes and give that time to those who gave their careers to that industry. Thankfully, lame songs have been removed from the show. The "Best Song" category needs to be re-considered as most are mediocre and receive unearned nominations for an Oscar just because they were featured a movie.

When compared to the great songs of past several decades, the so-called "Best Songs" of today (with few exceptions) don't measure up – at all.


Cindy   March 9th, 2010 6:20 pm ET

@Lacrosse Mom,
Why don't you stop critiquing everyone else's comments and just post yours. I don't think a discussion even remotely connected to Michael Jackson is a place for you.


Eddie Cole   March 9th, 2010 6:33 pm ET

It is a pity that didn't include Farrah Fawcett and others. Actually its down right shameful..So are the stupid comments by what I think are adults saying who shouldn't have been! And the real racist idiot
@Bill What a stupid thing to say. Take off your sheet & put out the bonfire.....


Caryn Dick   March 10th, 2010 11:17 pm ET

I was stunned when Farrah was left out. Absolutely agree that more time should have been given to the memoriam at the Oscars and less time to other segments. Remembering MJ at the Grammy awards would be more appropriate and allowing Farrah into his slot. She proved herself as an outstanding actress (The Burning Bed) and certainly did enough movie roles to warrant being remembered. Shame on the Academy and their self-serving agenda!


Barbara J. Conry   March 11th, 2010 2:02 am ET

Academy should definitely apologize. What an intentional oversight.
Shamefull. Farrah Fawcett was an icon and phenomon!!


Rob   March 11th, 2010 8:14 am ET

Regarding memorial omissions: They almost left out Jane Wyman a few yrs ago. I noticed at the time (oscar 2008) that they had a link to the memorial tributes to be done. I saw her name wasn't on it and wrote to someone. I told them she was an OSCAR WINNER for one of my most favorite films, "Johnny Belinda" 1948
they wrote back and said she wasn't a member of the academy/or the SAG association or something and thats why she was omitted
sounds like a bunch of young people to me who don't remember someone like her from the 40's and 50.. not only did they include her but if you remember or can find the footage, they showed her with an Oscar in hand.. I would like to think that I had a hand in that!!!!
also someone elses comments about who was left of is inaccurate
Richardson, Malden,Deluise, Carradine were included!!!!
Thanks

Rob


Eddie Cole   March 12th, 2010 4:35 am ET

They goofed not adding Farrah Fawcett to the list.......I don't think they goofed including Michael Jackson. And because YOU in particular didn't know who some of those mentioned were mentioned. YOU just don't know....They know! Stop saying who belonged there and who didn't its really childish! Sounds like a bunch of kids in here.....mentally challenged children at that!


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