March 10, 2010

Academy Apologizes for Farrah Snub

Posted: 04:03 PM ET

We will be discussing Farrah's snub tonight on LKL.  Among our guests will be friends Dick Van Patten and Cindy Spelling.


It was no oversight. The executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apologized to the friends, family and fans of Farrah Fawcett, who was conspicuously omitted from Sunday night's Oscar-event tribute to Hollywood personalities who had died over the past year.

While some agents and publicists, besides actors, were included in the memorial, Fawcett, a high-profile star better known for her TV work (who also appeared on the big screen), was not. Neither was Gene Barry – who was seen in both versions of War of the Worlds – or Bea Arthur.

Among those criticizing the Academy for its selective omissions were critic Roger Ebert and Oscar-winner Jane Fonda.

In response, the Academy's Bruce Davis, who was responsible for the "in memoriam" segment (and has been since the tradition began in 1993), said late Tuesday: "There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all. They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it."


Filed under: Entertainment • Farrah Fawcett

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ncedo   March 10th, 2010 5:09 pm ET

a sad shame that screen legends are just forgetten like that.

arnold texas   March 10th, 2010 6:03 pm ET

where is the apology, SORRY APOLOGY.

MourningMJ   March 10th, 2010 6:22 pm ET

You are a timeless legend... It was really unforgiveable that they ignored your credits throughout your short life. Know that you are loved by many.

Anne   March 10th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

I think the Academy owes Michael Jackson, his fans and his family an apology for the backlash from angry people criticizing his inclusion in the tribute as though it were his fault that she was excluded. If MJ were still alive, the Academy still would not have included her because she was a tv actress. And at this point she has gotten way more media attention by being excluded than a 3 second photo would ever have gotten her. It was mean spirited for everyone the media fans family etc the people on the View, Access Hollywood everyone to be mean to Michael Jackson because of the Academy's poor decision. He had every right to be included because of This Is It and she was not excluded because of him.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   March 10th, 2010 10:08 pm ET


Both earned a place in their own right.
What's one more name.
This is a grave mistake which an apology cannot set right
i am sure there's no quota for the tribute.
As an example, what if many actors and entertainers die that year and you set the quota for ten.

angela   March 10th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

Very weird how we have a whole night of speak about a novice over weight new comer and forget Farrah, I am very sick of this swiss cheese political correctness. Too much too late Academy.

kevin macdonald   March 10th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

we can only speculate how Farrah Fawcett's family and her world-wide adorating fans will always remember her

Melissa Blevins   March 10th, 2010 11:12 pm ET

Yes they should apologize for the Farrah omission. Farrah was a film actress. They should dedicate a large tribute to Farrah next year maybe even theme the next Oscars ceremony for her.

Farrah was a member of this Academy for over 40 years and this was no way to treat her. Do the right thing Academy. Do it for FARRAH!

angela   March 10th, 2010 11:52 pm ET

How was it we heard all night about newcomer Gabby who has been in one film, thats it, and they forget Farrah Fawcett?

Bill   March 11th, 2010 12:15 am ET

MJ belongs in the Grammy Awards

patrick   March 11th, 2010 12:18 am ET

it's good to take note of the snub of farrah fawcett, as others have done as well.
i (and many others) have also noted another big snub in the moment of tribute: bea arthur!
honestly, she had a very long and significant career, as well as being a legitimate pop cultural icon.
of course there may have been many others within the industry who were not noted appropriately, but bea arthur was pretty prominent.
just taking a shot by making this request, but would be nice: if larry could note the academy's oversight on his program as a follow up.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 11th, 2010 3:13 am ET

That is a beautiful photo of Farrah up there, by the way.

Sorry to hear that this has happened. Have they made a mistake. Farrah could have been included also. She was quite well-known too.

Sheryl   March 11th, 2010 9:41 am ET

Michael Jackson deserved to be included. Farrah deserved to be included. Academy made a mistake. Period. End of story, pleeease.

kathy 40   March 11th, 2010 10:50 am ET

Itis so sad how people, even those who should know better like that ALANAS STEWART " nobody" would keep backlashing MJ for every little thing. Blame the Academy, not him. They just can"t leave the poor guy rest in peace. And he DID deserve to be mentioned at the Oscars because e.g. The Wiz, Captain EO, and he sang the theme of BEN, the movie was nominated. Thriller which was a video MOVIE, not a CLIP. Alana Stewart should read other celebrity news, other than GOSSIP. She should know that not so long back, Thriller was included in the Library of Congress, which means that the film contrubuted to AMERICAN culture. I did not read anything of the sort about Charlie's Angels or any other Farrah Fawcet ACHIEVEMENTS. Please let MJ and Farrah rest in peace!!!

Robert Sperduti   March 11th, 2010 11:18 am ET

they almost left out Jane Wyman at the Oscar 2008 telecast. I noticed on a memorial site of who would be remember and she was omitted. there was a link for comments, questions and asked why and was told she wasn't a member of the academy or SAG at the time of her passing, I wrote back that she won an Oscar for one of my favorite movies in 1948 Johnny Belinda . they included her and ALSO showed a still photo of her with Oscar in hand. they should maybe keep that link up on their web site so we can remind them of who they omitted

Callie   March 11th, 2010 2:35 pm ET

Shame on you Academy! Farrah Fawcett was sweet and angelic spirit, an ICON, loved by so many, and America's Sweetheart for many years! I believe that her red swimsuit poster was the best selling poster of all that's an achievement! All those who are in the Arts and Entertainment industry, including MJ, John Ritter, whether tv, or film, etc...deserve the honor and respect to be remembered by their peers on such an occasion....It's all for Love...L.O.V.E

Tiffy   March 11th, 2010 4:18 pm ET

Michael Jackson deserved to be included at the academy awards because not only was he in "The Wiz" and "Captian EO" all of his Videos were ground breaking short films. Before him no one successful made a video with a story and depth that videos like "Thriller" and "Smooth Criminal" had including their movie special effects.

christine canada   March 11th, 2010 5:54 pm ET

Michael Jackson's inclusion in the academy tribute should not be criticized just because Farrah Fawcett was excluded. There is a place for both. At first glance it might be understandable for Farrah, same with Michael. Look a little deeper with Michael and one can see:
1. This Is It (highest-grossing concert movie ever)
2. Roles in a handful of films: Wiz, Captain EO
3. MJ's music in many films
4. Singing of "Ben" at the Oscars
5. Induction of "Thriller" into the Library of Congress for making an indelible contribution to American culture (the first for a music video)
6. Taking of music videos to a whole new level (short films)

There is even a possibility that some of Michael's compositions will make it to the big screen as original soundtrack music. (David Michael Frank has acknowledged the existence of some wonderful MJ creations.)

I would have included Beatrice Arthur too, although at first glance I think she is known more as a TV actress.

The glaring omission, however, was Maurice Jarre. He composed the hauntingly beautiful soundtracks for Lawrence of Arabia
Doctor Zhivago
Ryan's Daughter
Gorillas in the Mist
A Passage to India ....
AND he took home the Oscar 3 times!

Caryn Dick   March 12th, 2010 10:04 am ET

Farrah Fawcett was an actress and did appear on the big screen several times.  Michael Jackson was a legend, but more for his singing and dancing talents, not his acting talents.  I do not remember the Academy honoring any other recording artists in their memoriams.  Obviously, politics plays a significant role in selecting those who are honored.  By the way, no one is mentally challenged in this forum.  We all have an opinion and if they do not agree with yours, that does not signify being mentally challenged.

Gleason   March 13th, 2010 7:59 pm ET

I've always believed that Hollywood was all about MOVIES as a whole, not only actors or actresses but a compendium of professionals (writers, directors, musicians, choreographers, dancers, singers, designers, historians, makeup artists, etc, etc, etc.) Now with all the In Memoriam outrage I come to realized that the public really believes that only actors are to be idolized and recognized.

Farrah should have been included in the In Memoriam, Michael Jackson had nothing to do with her being snubbed by the Academy and had all the right to be included himself cause he was much more than just an actor.

Farrah's hairdresser should be included as well cause she didn't get that mane by herself, didn't she?, and that haircut made her famous, an icon. Her seamstress and dentist as well cause it was not her acting really but her red swimsuit shot and her flashy smile that make you remember her.

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