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Andy Griffith, Phyllis Diller Missing From Oscars’ In Memoriam

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.

In Memoriam

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?

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5 Responses to “Andy Griffith, Phyllis Diller Missing From Oscars’ In Memoriam”

  1. Jim Morris

    That's an obvious thought. But I found out (while he was still alive) Andy Griffith was just another of the flock of left wing Hollywood sheep. So that's not it, probably just that he wasn't very active in the business anymore.

    Still, with Ron Howard such an industry force, one would think Griffith's inclusion to be a given. And I recall the "In Memoriam" segment of the Oscars including Don Knotts after his death.

    Not sure about Phyllis Diller's politics, although her ethnic heritage may provide a clue. She was good friends with Bob Hope (a known Republican), though.

  2. Jim Morris

    In fact, Rick, I recall reading a news item that Andy Griffith had endorsed Obama Care. So "Mayberry" wasn't necessarily the quaint, conservative All-American town everyone is led to believe. Having listened to and watched some of Ron Howard's comments in recent years (his film company is named after John Lennon’s song "Imagine," if that isn't clue enough to Howard's political sympathies), I am convinced he and Griffith are/were just typical Hollywood types following the groupthink. It takes guts and shrewdness to be politically conservative these days and still keep one's job in Hollywood (so-called McCarthyism-in-reverse, if you will). Just ask Mel Gibson. Either that or one just bites one's tongue and collects a paycheck, as with such politically conservative actors as Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton.

    And, contrary to the myth promoted by media types (to further denigrate small-town, white America and Americans), there WERE blacks in "Mayberry," not many, but a few on some episodes of the later years. But most of the show's writers, and many actors in smaller roles were the predictable stock of left wing Jews (a casual look at the credits of any film or television program will inform you of this fact), as is the case with most Hollywood productions, and in any so-called "mainstream" media production, whether Broadway, radio, or television.

    These folks have been insinuating themselves into our culture for a very long time, always with an agenda, creating derisive figures (Joe McCarthy, Ronald Reagan) where none existed, or having their way where some (Richard Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover) did, so they could watch their "useful idiots" (crowd of brainwashed followers) predictably follow suit. The lefties have also invaded academia and even public schools at the lowest levels, in the smallest American towns. Joe McCarthy and Edgar Hoover were absolutely correct about the commie menace, which certainly did not end with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The whole blacklist nonsense was a left wing creation from the beginning–make a demagogue out of McCarthy, paint the lefties as "victims," and provide subtext for this with widely-distributed media ("To Kill A Mockingbird," "Twelve Angry Men, et al.), exploit any political or social cause (civil rights, women's lib, gay rights, ecology) to facilitate diversions and divisiveness, thus creating a climate to brainwash generations of impressionable young minds. It has worked well for them, transparent as the game plan and motives have always been to those of us who oppose them and their demonic ideology. It's also the reason a young Ronald Reagan had to carry a gun on his person most of the time he was president of the Screen Actors' Guild.