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Monday March 8, 2010 4:12 pm

Why Was Farrah Fawcett Not Mentioned at Oscars?

I was too distracted by Demi Moore’s thin frame last night to initially notice this omission. But let me assure you—many people on Twitter didn’t, and neither did Ryan O’Neal.

Although Patrick Swayze, David Carradine, Natasha Richardson and Michael Jackson were some of the names included in the Academy Award’s “In Memoriam” segment, one name was left off that annual list: .

Yes, Farrah was primarily known for her television work—but she did act in a number of big screen projects including Logan’s Run, Extremities and The Apostle. (And really - does anyone think of Michael Jackson as a movie star?) But yet, despite all the tabloids her face helped sell last year (and the documentaries that ran about her health battle), the 62-year-old didn’t make the final cut. (No pun intended.)

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“No Farrah in the memorial. They have a whole lot of ‘splaining to do,” film critic Roger Ebert wrote via Twitter. “And where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included #oscars #FAIL,” Jane Fonda added.

Leslie Unger, spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, tried to explain their decision: “Every year it’s an unfortunate reality that we can’t include everybody.” The “agonizing” process of whittling down the names was something executive director Bruce Davis talked about before the event. “You are dropping people who the public knows. It’s just not comfortable,” he said.

Unfortunately, that explanation doesn’t really matter to Fawcett’s longtime love, Ryan O’Neal. “There is no comment other than we were disappointed that she was not included,” the actor’s rep stated.

So here’s my suggestion: Instead of trying to figure out how they can shorten that list, why don’t the producers just eliminate a horror montage or two? How about all the choreographed numbers for Best Score? Heck, I’d even let them sacrifice one of their two hosts.



And just for clarification—my point was not to say that Michael Jackson didn’t deserve to be on the list.

I just wanted to make sure that Farrah wasn’t EXCLUDED because she was primarily a TV star—especially if they included someone who was primarily known for music.


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