“They have a lot of ‘splaining to do,” film critic Roger Ebert tweeted of the very apparent absence of Farrah Fawcett. Since 1993 and every yer since, the Academy Awards honors those who passed away in the film industry. Perhaps this was the reason the “Charlie’s Angels” TV star and sex symbol and Bea Arthur (yes, the Emmy award winner and film veteran was ignored too), who were primarily television stars, were absent from the montage.
Take note that Fawcett was in a few films, including “Cannonball Run” and 1986’s “Extremities,” the latter of which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has said “every year it’s an unfortunate reality that we can’t include everybody.”
Surprisingly, Michael Jackson was included in the montage. Granted he did appear as an actor in 1978’s “The Wiz.” Fawcett is a member of the Academy; Jackson is not. If the Academy can make space for Jackson, it can make space for two actresses who made multiple marks in films.
Update: Today (March 10th), the Academy apologized for the snub. Bruce Davis, who is reponsible for the ‘In Memoriam’ montage, said “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.” (Source: PEOPLE.com)
What do you make of the Academy’s reasons for including Jackson in the montage and not Fawcett?
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