The late Joan Rivers was left out of a montage paying tribute to late actors and actresses at the 87th Academy Awards Sunday. Rivers died last September due to complications from a routine medical procedure.
During the “In Memoriam” presentation at the Oscars Sunday, several stars were mentioned including Maya Angelou, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mike Nichols, and Robin Williams–but not Rivers.
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Leah Finnegan of Gawker expressed her dismay. “Joan Rivers was the Oscars. Her pre-show and post-show was instrumental in making the entire charade the big-a– hullabaloo it is today,” Finnegan wrote.
She’s the reason we have to listen to Giuliana Rancic babble on for five hours before the broadcast starts, the reason we have weeks of chatter about celebrity Oscar fashion, the reason celebrities shave their face skin to look better in front of the cameras. That is her legacy. What a woman.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement to The Los Angeles Times Monday explaining Rivers’ conspicuous absence from the montage.
Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year’s Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com.
Rivers can be found there with 95 other actors who passed away over the last year. She is number 68 in the gallery. Her daughter Melissa felt she deserved a place in the “In Memoriam” segment but will not focus on it, sources tell TMZ.
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