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Why Was Farrah Fawcett Left Out of the 'In Memoriam' Last Night?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 8th 2010 12:30PM
Farrah FawcettYeah, they screwed it up again. While it's great that they included the biggies in the 'In Memoriam' tribute (Michael Jackson -- not a big movie star but he did 'The Wiz' and it would have been odd if they left him out, David Carradine, Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson), and film industry vets (Army Archerd, Horton Foote), they left out some people, too.

What about Farrah Fawcett? Sure, she wasn't a huge movie star, but she was in several movies and a big name. I'm sure that the Academy thought of her but simply left her out because she was "too TV." But she should have been included, just as Bea Arthur, James Whitmore, and Edward Woodward should have been included. (Actually, Whitmore died over a year ago.)

I think fans would appreciate less time given to each person if they included more people in the montage. They also have to stop filming the 'In Memoriam' the way they do, as Danny and others pointed out earlier today. More closeups of the people and the words on the screen (and not a shot of the screen in the theater!), less singer/songwriter singing a sad tune.

Update: the Academy says they "can't include everybody."

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Roma

Farrah and 'Bea' should certainly have been included this segment of the show, but it's highly illogical to suggest this is somehow Michael Jackson's fault.

This is just another media created story to tag Michael's Jackson's name into some sort of cheap 'face-off' with Farrah to garner hits and comments.

Rather predictably, we have all taken the bait.

While the press are falling over themselves to cover this 'debate' - where were they when British journalist Charles Thomson's interview with Jennifer Batten story broke?

For those that don't know: Jennifer Batten, Jackson's long-standing guitarist who was present on all three of Jackson's solo tours, went on record a week ago to completely refute Gene Simmons's recent accusations about Michael Jackson's alleged misconduct on tour - as being totally false.

This story was effectively silenced by the press. For those that don't like having their access to information manipulated and denied, please go to:

Why is Michael Jackson's inclusion in the Oscar's In Memoriam, a reason for Farrah's exclusion?

Farrah and 'Bea' should certainly have been included this segment of the show, but can anyone not see that it's highly illogical to suggest this is somehow Michael Jackson's fault.

This is just another media created story to tag Michael's Jackson's name into some sort of cheap 'face-off' with Farrah, to garner hits and comments. And, rather predictably, everyone has taken the bait.

While the press are falling over themselves to cover this 'debate' - where were they when British journalist Charles Thomson's interview with Jennifer Batten story broke?

For those that don't know: Jennifer Batten, Jackson's long-standing guitarist who was present on all three of Jackson's solo tours, went on record a week ago to completely refute Gene Simmons's recent accusations about Michael Jackson's alleged misconduct on tour - as being totally false.

This story was effectively silenced by the press. For those that don't like having their access to information manipulated and denied, please go to:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-thomson/michael-jackson-its-time_b...

- and read a real story.

March 11 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JR TAYLOR

MJ knows nothing about This is it, and I sure hope it is!

March 09 2010 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JR TAYLOR

I was really pissed that they did'nt mention Farrah, they sure mentioned MJ, and they passed away the same day. A beatiful woman, who did so many wonderful things, and a pervert. We will never watch it again period.

March 09 2010 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Will

In case you needed confirmation, yes, you are an idiot. And I'm sure the Academy won't miss you next year (and neither will the rest of us).

March 10 2010 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian

Michael has been in eight feature films, besides he's DEAD, how the hell is it his fault that Farrah wasnt included, people can be so ignorant its unbelieveable. He was an actor although he was not primarily known for that because he was the worlds biggest entertainer. But you cant say he doesnt belong their as much as Farrah, The academy should have made the segment a bit longer cut a few speeches short. Blame the academy not MJ , give the man a break ,hasnt he suffered enough because of the media bloodsuckers and public haters when he was alive?.Geez.

1978 The Wiz
1986 Captain EO
1988 Moonwalker
1997 Ghosts
2002 Men in Black II
2004 Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls
2009 Michael Jackson's This Is It

Michael Jackson's "This is it" film is the highest grossing documentary of all time making 260 million dollars surpassing michael moores farenheight 9/11 that made 222.6 million. so yes he does deserve to be there. RIP to them Both.

March 09 2010 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
craig

also missing was Henry Gibson, he was in "Nashville", "The Long Goodbye", "The Blues Brothers", "The Burbs", "Magnolia", and "The Wedding Crashers", among many others..he was a very talented character actor

March 08 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Actually, Montalban passed away last January.

March 08 2010 at 2:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Ricardo Montalban was also left out.

March 08 2010 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan Burns

How about the first three people who couldn't be seen at all to the TV audience because they were focusing on the very much alive, James Taylor. No offense to him, of course.

March 08 2010 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tps621

Who were the first three? OK, I recognized Swayze, but who were the other two?

March 08 2010 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Alan

Film composer Maurice Jarre and Western star Monte Hale were the two people whose names were impossible to see.

March 09 2010 at 12:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bsgfan2003



I'm thinking Farrah is in heaven totally unconcerned about the oscars. Let the dead bury the dead.

March 08 2010 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

If they really wanted to make it a dignified salute, they would mute the audience applause.

They DID attempt to rectify the stage vs. screen situation, though--they just weren't completely successful. On stage they had one main image and two side images. Once they switched to the full-screen view (after losing the first 2 or 3 people in the live shot), they showed the main image at the top of the screen (with annoying reflections on its left and right) with the two other images below it. So the home audience saw the same thing as the live audience.

They just might get it right one of these days. I give them credit for perfecting the screenwriting presentations, and continuing to refine the best actor/actress presentations (missing: almost any shots of the honored actor and the speaking actor in the same real frame, without editing tricks. They spent nearly the whole time focused on the honoree's face, ignoring the interaction going on.) Also, someone should've told Colin Firth not to cover his mouth with his hands :)

March 08 2010 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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