farrah fawcett face The Academy has spoken: Yes, the Oscars picked Michael Jackson over Farrah FawcettWhen it came to a choice between Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, Farrah lost.

That’s what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says about why they had to leave Farrah off — and put singer Michael on — their homage to dead celebrities during the Oscars Sunday night (March 7).

When asked why Michael Jackson was included when he and Farrah Fawcett
died on the same day, Academy memorial committee head Bruce Davis explained to Associated Press that Jackson had appeared in a
popular theatrical film recently. Is he talking about “This is It,” the film of his rehearsals for his last concert?

“Think of all the blogging we would have gotten if we had left him out!” he said.

Fawcett’s family issued a statement saying they were “deeply saddened” and “bereft with this exclusion of such an international icon who inspired so many for so many reasons.”

]]> AP that they were “kind of figuring that probably the Farrah Fawcett and Gene Barry omissions would be the ones we’d get the most comments on.” Fawcett and Barry were omitted because Davis and his colleagues thought that actors were better known for their “remarkable television work” and should be honored at the Emmy Awards in September 2010. The Dish Rag would love to know why they ran two photos of Ron Silver during their memorial – Broadway dimmed its lights for the well-known and well-loved stage and screen actor after his death — but not one of Farrah. Hmmm? What do you think? Did Farrah get a raw deal? Follow Zap2it on Twitter  and Facebook for movies, TV and celebrity news

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