The Academy Strikes Again: The 2016 Oscar Memorial Snubs
Last night, according to the official Academy Awards website, “the Oscars took time to honor the many talents we lost during the previous year, the lives they touched and the art they made or made possible…”
Yes but they never take quite enough time, do they? I mean, it’s entirely up to them how many minutes they devote to the Memorial Reel versus, say, lame-ass production numbers or cringe-worthy canned banter. (And somehow, while leaving out genuine artists, they found enough time to squeeze a bunch of publicists in there. And Kirk Kerkorian, Destroyer of MGM. Which is a bit like Chicago building a monument to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.)
So here we go again, kids, with our annual tradition: taking a moment to honor those who were shamefully left off the reel.
This year, Oscar seemed especially eager to show his back half to those who toiled in classic film, with snubs including Joan Leslie, Coleen Gray, Betsy Drake, Dickie Moore, George Cole, Jayne Meadows, Nova Pilbeam, Betsy Palmer and Setsuko Hara. But there was plenty of dissing to go around. And talk about ironic: Abe Vigoda, subject of a running joke about being dead when he was still alive, was left out the year he actually left the earth.
Here are the names that ran through my mind in the hours after Oscar ran the dagger through once again: Joan Leslie, James Best, Jayne Meadows, Setsuko Hara, Dick Van Patten, Betsy Drake, Gunnar Hansen, Dickie Moore, Fred Thompson, Franco Interlenghi, Colin Welland, Abe Vigoda, Tony Burton, Elizabeth Wilson, Wally Cassell, Marty Ingels, Geoffrey Lewis, Marjorie Lord, Grace Lee Whitney, Jack Larson, Nicholas Smith, George Cole, Patrick Macnee, Ron Moody, Nigel Terry, Nova Pilbeam, Kevin Corcoran, Betsy Palmer, Al Molinaro, Jean Darling, Monica Lewis, Angus Scrimm, Richard Dysart, Glenn Frey (songs and soundtracks for films including Beverly Hills Cop and Thelma and Louise), Wayne Rogers, Colleen Gray, Martin Milner, Gerald O’Loughlin, David Canary, Amanda Peterson, Gene Saks, George Gaynes, Jacques Rivette, George Winslow…
…and yes, Uggie, who was the heart of The Artist, which won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The little guy even attended the ceremony.
And oh, this is priceless: the Academy is quick to point out that many people who didn’t make it into the televised memorial segment can be found in a photo gallery on the website. So apparently in Hollywood, the whole A-list/B-list thing literally never ends…
I know, in my haste and fury, I overlooked people, so please mention them in comments, and I’ll add them here. So far, my incredibly astute readers have pointed out three Oscar winners—cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, screenwriter Michael Blake and costume designer Julie Harris—as well as writer/producer/directors Manoel de Oliveira and John Guillermin, actor/activist John Trudell, producer/graphic artist Michael Gross, producer Robert Stigwood, animators Yoram Gross and Brian Michael Jennings, and actors Roger Rees, Richard Libertini, Jacques Sernas, Frank Finlay and Denise Matthews (Vanity).
Here’s a warm, wholehearted farewell to everyone we’ve lost since last year’s show. Thank you for everything you gave us, from all the little people out there in the dark…
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