Where were Andy Griffith, Larry Hagman and other well-known celebrities in this year’s Oscars In Memoriam montage? They were online at Oscar.com.
Every year it’s one of the more reliably ridiculous award show controversies: Who didn’t make the cut for In Memoriam?
When it comes to the Oscars, these “snubs” are particularly sensitive given the prestige and viewership of the show, and the fact that the montage inevitably leaves out names and faces of recognizable stars — usually those known far more for their work in television than their work in film, which is the medium that the Academy Awards actually celebrate.
However, the Academy is hip to the annual controversy and this year produced a supplemental slideshow on their website featuring 114 names and photos of entertainers and film craftspeople who passed away in the past year.
Among the late greats included in the slideshow but not on the Oscar broadcast are Griffith — who was best known for his TV work but also gave an indelible big screen performance in “A Face in the Crowd” — Hagman, “Snakes on a Plane” director David R. Ellis, Donna Summer, Gore Vidal, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” director Mel Stuart, “Gone With the Wind” actress Ann Rutherford and Oscar nominees Joyce Redman and Susan Tyrrell.
Except even that slideshow contains some notable omissions including Phyllis Diller, Conrad Bain, Lupe Ontiveros, Sherman Hemsley, Russell Means and Robin Sachs.
Figuring out who makes it into the montage is a tough call, and Oscar officials understandably include a mix of well-known performers and creatives, as well as many prolific below-the-line workers who may not be as recognizable to viewers at home but nevertheless made great contributions to the world of film.
As presenter George Clooney said in his introduction to the montage: “Now we come to the part of the evening that we could dedicate an entire show to.” And that’s probably what would’ve needed to happen to include everyone.
The 41 names that made the cut for broadcast follow:
Ernest Borgnine, actor
Eiko Ishioka, costume designer (“Bram Stoker’s Dracula”)
Ralph McQuarrie, conceptual designer illustrator (“Star Wars”)
Jack Klugman, actor
Celeste Holm, actress
Adam Yauch, musician-film executive
Michael Clarke Duncan, actor
Charles Durning, actor
Carlo Rambaldi, special effects artist (“E.T.”)
Erland Josephson, actor
Richard Robbins, composer (“The Remains of the Day”
Stephen Frankfurt, advertsing executive, title designer (“To Kill a Mockingbird”)
Harris Savides, cinematographer (“Milk”)
Tonino Guerra, writer (“L’Avventura”)
J. Michael Riva, production designer (“The Amazing Spider-Man”)
Ulu Grosbard, director (“Falling In Love”)
Herbert Lom, actor
Bruce Surtees, cinematographer (“Dirty Harry”)
Andrew Sarris, film critic
George A. Bowers, film editor (“A League of Their Own”)
Tony Scott, director
Theodore Soderberg, sound (“The French Connection”)
Lois W. Smith, publicist
Geoffrey G. Ammer, marketing executive
Neil Travis, film editor (“Dances with Wolves”)
Mike Hopkins, sound (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”)
John D. Lowry, image restoration pioneer
Hal David, songwriter (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”)
Nora Ephron, writer-director
Charles Rosen, production designer (“Invasion of the Body Snatchers”)
Jake Eberts, executive
Mike Kohut, re-recording mixer executive
Frank Pierson, writer-director
Chris Marker, director-writer
Charles C. Washburn, assistant director
Ray Bradbury, writer
Richard Rodney Bennett, composer (“Murder on the Orient Express”)
Robert B. Sherman, composter-songwriter (“Mary Poppins”)
Richard D. Zanuck, producer (“Jaws”)
Matthew Yuricich, visual effects (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”)
Marvin Hamlisch, composer-songwriter (“The Way We Were”)