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Why Oscar's 2014 "in Memoriam" segment left out Cory Monteith?


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He was hardly a movie star. He was a lead regular on a TV show and thus the Emmy mention. I do not know his movie credits but I do not recall his having a large role in any memorable movie.

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In years past there is often some mention of people being "snubbed" by not being listed in the in memoriam tribute. One that I remember in particular was Farrah Fawcett in 2010. The explanation given then, and probably still appropriate in this particular case:

 

"In response to criticism, Bruce Davis, the executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, acknowledged it was an uncomfortable choice not to include the actress. It is the single most troubling element of the Oscar show every year, because more people die each year than can possibly be included in that segment, Davis told The Associated Press. You are dropping people who the public knows. It's just not comfortable.

 

Davis said in a statement quoted by People magazine that he had considered including Fawcett, but felt that she would have been more suitably honored at the Emmy Awards for her remarkable television work.

 

There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all, Davis said. They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it."

 

ref: http://www.ibtimes.com/oscars-2012-memoriam-whitney-houston-steve-jobs-honored-etta-james-snubbed-416782

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Cory Monteith was not a movie star. Of course, neither was Sid Caesar but he was included because of It's a Mad Mad ... World. Although Jonathan Winters was left out and he had the same credit as Sid Caesar.

 

They did leave out some very valuable people: Jean Kent, Nigel Davenport, Audrey Totter. All had memorable roles in very important films.

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