Many fans were outraged during Sunday’s Oscars ceremony when they realized two of their most beloved actresses were left out of the In Memoriam package during the show.
Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur, who both passed away in 2009, were left out of the telecast.
Some fans took to Twitter to show their anger and disappointment over a move many find “disrespectful” and “disgusting”. @Carla_Baron noted, “Not adding Farrah Fawcett to the tribute is embarrassing & shocking, what’s worse is it wasn’t an oversight, but deliberate.” While @JohnPayson said, “Farrah Fawcett left out!! What a bunch of crap….” Many considered it a “fail” on the part of the Academy.
Farrah’s long time companion, Ryan O’Neil was also “disappointed” that she was not included in the show.
Academy spokesperson Penny Melidonian pointed out that both actresses were better known for television. “We cannot include everyone,” she said.
In addition to the In Memoriam piece, Sunday’s show also included a special tribute to director John Hughes.
Fawcett, who is best known for her role on TV’s Charlie’s Angels, did appear in films like Man of the House and The Apostle. Golden Girl Arthur’s film career included For Better or Worse and the classic, Mame.
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