Andy Griffith, Phyllis Diller Missing From Oscars’ In Memoriam
Andy Griffith and Phyllis Diller were among the late actors and actresses who didn’t make it into the Oscars’ “In Memoriam” segment on Sunday.
Although the Academy honors those who passed away over the previous 12 months, they sometimes forget a few names during the telecast. According to E! Online, Griffth was later added to an online gallery after the ceremony.
While Andy Griffith’s work was primarily focused on the small screen, the actor was also featured in a handful of memorable motion pictures. In fact, one of Griffith’s early break-out roles came in director Elia Kazan’s critically-acclaimed 1957 drama A Face in the Crowd.
Phyllis Diller is a different story. The actress and gifted comedienne started in over two dozen motion pictures over the course of her career.
Us Magazine points out that the “In Memoriam” segment also failed to mention Larry Hagman, Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis, Sherman Hemsley, and Emmanuelle star Sylvia Kristel were also left off the list, among others.
The website explains the Academy added a handful of the missing stars to an online gallery. However, they still failed to mentioned a few notable actors and actresses who passed away during 2012.
The “In Memoriam” segment at the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony was introduced by George Clooney. Legendary singer Barbra Steisand performed “The Way We Were” as the names of those included on the list were shown.
Clooney said at the beginning of the segment:
“In memoriam: the friends and people we’ve admired that we’ve lost this year, and although they’re no longer with us, they’ve left something behind. Maybe something that makes us laugh or cry or maybe just escape for a couple of hours. So for those friends who are on this list tonight, and many others who aren’t, we thank you for the memories.”
What do you think about Andy Griffith, Phyllis Diller, and many others being left out of the Oscar’s “In Memoriam” segment?