At first it seemed as it if it was a personal oversight, not seeing the beautiful, smiling face of actress Farrah Fawcett flashed behind James Taylor during the “In Memoriam” segment of the 82nd Academy Awards. But then blogs and AOL News began running the story. It was true. The producers of the 2010 Oscars had somehow neglected placing Farrah Fawcett in their tribute to those who had died in the previous year.
Every year, notable people are left off of the “In Memoriam” piece, which generally causes small cries outbursts of protest from different people, organizations, fans. And usually the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences brushes the protests aside, noting time constraints and production limitations. But how much time does it take to throw up a photo of someone? Add that insult to the injury that the last ten seconds or so of the memorial tribute was a quick pictorial replay of those already shown, like David Carradine and Brittany Murphy, time that could have been used to show other members of the Academy that passed on in 2009.
And speaking of Brittany Murphy, how does the 32-year-old actress who made mostly â€˜bâ€™ movies get billing over an actress who was not only a television icon (for “Charlieâ€™s Angels” and her Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated performances in the made-for-television movies “The Burning Bed” and “Small Sacrifices”) but had starred in theatrical releases as well, including “The Cannonball Run,” “Loganâ€™s Run,” “Mr. T and the Women,” “Extremities” (where she was nominated for a Golden Glove Award for Best Actress – Drama) and “The Apostle” (where she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress). This is not to say that Brittany Murphy did not deserve to be memorialized, because she does. But Farrah Fawcett also deserved to be included in the “In Memoriam” montage.
And where were the time limitations that are always used as an excuse for non-inclusion, considering that the 2010 Oscars ran far over its time allotment. In fact, the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony ran for three hours and 37 minutes â€“ even past midnight. There was even a dance “interpretation” of all the movies nominated for original score and a tribute to horror films, but the producers couldnâ€™t find the time to memorialize one of its brightest stars? Even for just a few seconds?
Farrah Fawcett died on June 26, just hours before Michael Jackson was found dead. Although Michael Jacksonâ€™s filmography is scant (he starred in “The Wiz”), he was made part of the segment. So where was Farrah Fawcett?