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Oscar In Memoriam Actress Mix-Up + Michael Jackson & Army Archerd In, Farrah Fawcett & Richard Todd Out

Farrah FawcettFarrah Fawcett.

March 10, '10, update: According to People Online, Farrah Fawcett's family, friends, and fans have received “an apology” from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive director Bruce Davis, who reportedly was responsible for the inclusions and omissions in the “In Memoriam” segment of Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. As previously mentioned in this blog and elsewhere, Fawcett was left out of the tribute.

Among those criticizing the omission were Roger Ebert, Jane Fonda, and Academy Award-winner Tatum O'Neal, whose father Ryan O'Neal had been Fawcett's companion. On Tuesday, Tatum O'Neal issued a statement that said:

“On behalf of myself, my father Ryan O'Neal and my entire family, we are deeply saddened that a [sic] truly beautiful and talented actress Farrah Fawcett was not included in the memorial montage during the 82nd Academy Awards. We are bereft with this exclusion of such an international icon who inspired so many for so many reasons. Beautiful, talented Farrah will never be forgotten by her family and amazing fans.”

Fawcett appeared in more than a dozen films, including the 1986 drama Extremities, for which she was touted as a potential Oscar contender. Among those also omitted from the “In Memoriam” segment were Gene Barry, the star of the 1953 science-fiction classic War of the Worlds; 1949 Best Actor nominee Richard Todd, who appeared in more than fifty films; and Bea Arthur, chiefly a television star who had a supporting role in the 1974 musical Mame.

Davis explained the inclusion of Michael Jackson, a talent that is hardly associated with the film world, by saying that Jackson was the star of the successful documentary This Is It. Tough luck for Fawcett that her biggest film hit came out more than twenty years ago, and for Gene Barry and Richard Todd that their biggest film hits came out more than five decades ago.

And before any crazy fan accuses me of being anti-Michael Jackson, that's not the case at all. I totally agree that it would have been unthinkable not to include Jackson, even though his film work was tangential to his professional success. But since he was in, Fawcett, Todd, and Barry should have been in as well.

March 9

Jean Simmons Paul Newman Until They Sail
Jean Simmons, Paul Newman in Robert Wise's Until They Sail

Jennifer Jones The Song of BernadetteJean Simmons, who died this past January, was remembered in this year's In Memoriam segment at the 2010 Oscar ceremony. Well, great. Simmons was a fantastic actress. As far as I'm concerned, she stole Hamlet from Laurence Olivier, Elmer Gantry from Burt Lancaster, and Spartacus from Kirk Douglas.

But why an image of Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette (right) above Simmons' name? Oops!

That mistake reminded me of another homage a few years back, when on the occasion of the Oscar's Grand 75th Anniversary the Academy honored every Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress winner with a one-minute (or whereabouts) montage.

The very first actress to win the Oscar was Janet Gaynor, who bagged the statuette for her performances in three movies: Sunrise, 7th Heaven, and Street Angel. The Oscar's Best Actress montage, however, featured only one of Gaynor's films: Sunrise. But let's not be picky. I mean, just imagine if the Oscarcast ran for 3h45m4s as opposed to just 3h45 million.

So, what do the homage creators do to honor Janet Gaynor in Sunrise? Well, they carefully pick a moment from the most famous sequence found in the film. And that's great. It's a striking bit.

The only problem is that the woman featured in it is Margaret Livingston, who never won nor was ever nominated for an Oscar.

And that's how the very first Best Actress Oscar winner was left out of the Oscar's 75th Anniversary homage to its Best Actresses. Margaret Livingston is seen below, dressed all in black (she's a city girl…) while embracing bumpkin George O'Brien.

In the 2008 TCM Remembers clip above, you'll find a collection of film personalities, from Ingmar Bergman star Eva Dahlbeck to Jaws' Roy Scheider, from Rear Window screenwriter John Michael Hayes to Il Sorpasso director Dino Risi, from silent film actress Anita Page (seen with Joan Crawford) to Black Orpheus' Breno Mello and Marpessa Dawn, from Oscar winner Paul Scofield to schlock goddess Vampira. I dare you not to get choked up even if you don't recognize most of them.

The Oscars could learn from Turner Classic Movies.

I skipped most of the speeches and presentations at the Oscar 2010 ceremony, but I made a point of watching the In Memoriam segment just to see who was going to be included and who was going to be left out. As usual, once it was over I was feeling more irritated than moved.

One thing that always both amuses and annoys me whenever I watch that tribute is that audience members applaud the names they recognize – e.g., Michael Jackson, Brittany Murphy, David Carradine, none of which was an actual movie star, but whose deaths received a lot of publicity – whereas they all but ignore a former Oscar winner and five-time nominee like Jennifer Jones, or an Oscar nominee like Betsy Blair, who also happened to have had a major role in a Best Picture winner.

Farrah Fawcett, James Russo in Extremities

The segment itself started out clumsily, with a long shot that made it difficult to see who was being honored on the Kodak Theatre's screen. Turned out it was Patrick Swayze. Inexplicably, it featured Michael Jackson, who never had a career in movies, but not Farrah Fawcett, who in 1986 was touted as a potential Best Actress contender for Extremities (above, with James Russo), and who had important roles in about a dozen other feature films, including the 1997 drama The Apostle which earned Robert Duvall a Best Actor nod. Also, 1949 Best Actor nominee Richard Todd (The Hasty Heart) was nowhere to be seen.

True, you can't include everyone who dies in a montage that lasts a few minutes. But did Michael Jackson have a bigger film career than Farrah Fawcett? Did Brittany Murphy or Variety columnist Army Archerd or Arthur Canton (“public relations”) have a more important film career than Richard Todd? That's ludicrous. By the way, both Fawcett and Todd were included in the SAG Awards montage. If the SAG ceremony could find time for them, why not the Oscarcast?

Those people who create the Oscar's annual homage to the dead should take a good look at how Turner Classic Movies does it. Or even this “Forgotten Actresses” tribute found on YouTube.

Addendum: People who apparently haven't read this article very carefully have taken my comments about Michael Jackson's inclusion – but not Farrah Fawcett's – in the Academy's In Memoriam segment as a “Michael Jackson putdown.” That's absurd. The point here is not whether I like or dislike Michael Jackson; instead, it's simply that if tribute organizers found time for Jackson, who was hardly known as a film personality, they should have found a few seconds for Farrah Fawcett and Oscar nominee Richard Todd as well. That's it.

Photos: Marty (United Artists); Extremities (Atlantic Entertainment)

March 8

Kathryn Bigelow, Barbra Streisand
Kathryn Bigelow, Barbra Streisand

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony were watched by an estimated 41.3 million people in the United States, up 14 percent from last year according to the Nielsen Co. The Hurt Locker's victory over Avatar was seen by more people – in case there were 41.3 million still up by then – than any other Oscarcast since Million Dollar Baby took the Best Picture Oscar in early 2005.

There have been all sorts of explanations for this, among them “a trend” – in 2010 people have suddenly decided they want a “communal experience” in front of their TV sets – that has led to higher ratings for other major televised events this year, from the Golden Globes to the Miss America pageant, from the Tonys to the Super Bowl.

Others say it's because this year's Oscar lineup featured a number of major box office attractions, including potential best picture winners Avatar and Inglourious Basterds. The more successful the movies in contention, the bigger the Oscar telecast audience according to common wisdom, which always points out to a record viewership of 57.2 million when James Cameron's Titanic won in 1998.

Others yet claim that Twitter and Facebook and Oscar forums and chatrooms have made the ceremony more Internet friendly, as people will tweet about how boring some speech was or how ugly this or that actress looked.

Someone somewhere is saying that the ratings increase was all due to the presence of Zac Efron, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Miley Cyrus.

Oscar's smallest audience in the last 25 years took place in 2008, when an average of 31.7 million people watched the ceremony the night No Country for Old Men won Best Picture.

Photos: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.

Louie Psihoyos, Ric O'Barry,
Louie Psihoyos, Paula DuPré Pesman, Fisher Stevens, Ric O'Barry

The Associated Press' Jay Alabaster writes about the reaction of locals in Taiji, Japan, after the Oscar for Best Documentary went to Louie Psihoyos' The Cove, an indictment of the dolphin-slaughtering practices of Taiji fishermen – they stab screaming dolphins after herding them in shallow waters near a hidden cove – and how Japanese authorities do nothing to stop them.

The Cove refers to Taiji and its dolphin-killing practices as “a little town with a really big secret,” but local councilman Hisato Ryono says “everyone around here knows about it. The water nearby turns red during the hunt. The actual killing is done in a concealed area because it is unpleasant to look at, as is true of killing cows or pigs or any other animal.”

Sure. But when the film calls Taiji “a little town with a really big secret” that's in reference to the fact that Taiji locals don't publicize their bloody practices to the rest of the world. Locals may find the slaughter a fact of life, but according to the Cove filmmakers most Japanese are unaware of it.

Unfortunately, Alabaster's article makes no mention of mercury levels found in dolphin meat sold in Japan. The article also lacks quotes from Psihoyos or anyone else involved in the making of The Cove.

Here's Louie Psihoyos talking about Taiji in an interview published in Mother Jones in August 2009:

“It was like walking into a Stephen King novel. Everywhere you go there are statues of whales and dolphins. There are signs that say, 'We love dolphins.' But in the center of town is this horror show. Right between the whaling museum and City Hall. It's in a national park! If you were to write this as a novel, people would say it was too over the top. My journalistic instincts turned on. I thought, this is a great story. But here's the problem: All the dirty business happens in this secret cove, but you can't see it. People have been coming for decades to try to document it. At that point, I realized I was no longer just a journalist covering a story. By trying to get into the cove, I was becoming an activist.”

According to Alabaster's report, Taiji fishermen have been hunting whales and dolphins since the 1600s. Some will see that as a justification for continuing the indiscriminate killing of sea mammals. Personally, I've always believed that the world would be an infinitely better place if unethical traditions were left in the past. Taiji's dolphin-slaughtering just proves my point.

The Cove will have a limited release in Japan in June.

Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

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39 Comments to Oscar In Memoriam Actress Mix-Up + Michael Jackson & Army Archerd In, Farrah Fawcett & Richard Todd Out

  1. Tim

    While I have never been a huge fan of MJ or FF for that matter they both deserved inclusion in the Oscar's “In Memoriam”. I am curious, since MJ's life was firmly under the microscope due to allegations, if when Charlie Sheen passes away if he will receive honors or be shunned. This is not a slam against MJ, I have always remained indifferent regarding his career, just want to stir the pot. :)

  2. Roma

    This whole debate was a media generated one. And it is high time consumers of media — i.e you and me — stopped allowing ourselves to be drawn into necessary arguments.

    Both Fawcett and Jackson should have been included in the trubute.

    Fawcett's exclusion was inexcusable, and Jackson's inclusion — was wholly appropriate.

  3. Oscar Vasquez

    I certainly agree with you. Great tribute.

  4. Cori MacNaughton

    First off, the annual Taiji dolphin slaughters have been well-known and -documented for many decades. I have personally known about them for well over twenty years, as could anyone who cared to read much about dolphins and whales, and the ongoing threats to their survival.

    The Taiji hunt is not the only hunt of its kind; there is a similar hunt in the Faeroe Islands involving pilot whales, and several others around the world, though of them some have ceased in recent years.

    In answer to your question, there are a number of ways in which we could feed the world far less destructively than to continue to biologically strip mine our seas, and aquaponics is one of the best methods currently available, which is gaining many converts individually and commercially.

    Put simply, aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (growing fish and/or other marine life) with hydroponics (growing food-bearing plants without soil.) By combining the culture of fish, vegetables and fruit into a closed-loop system, the plants clean and oxygenate the water for the fish, and the fish waste fertilizes the plants. And, because any chemicals added would be potentially toxic to the fish, aquaponic systems are usually able to be certified organic, thereby increasing the perceived value of the food thus produced.

    The best thing about aquaponics is that an amazing amount of food can be produced in a small area, and since all the water is constantly recirculated, it uses as little as 10% of the water used through traditional soil-based farming methods, making it a godsend for arid regions of the world where potable water is increasingly scarce. In addition, both the plants and the fish are healthier - and therefore more nutritious - than those grown in separate culture systems.

    The ancient Egyptians and Chinese both farmed fish with vegetables and/or grains, as did the inhabitants of Israel 500 years before Christ; tilapia, which are one of the most commonly farmed fish, are native to the Sea of Galilee, as well as much of the African continent. This may well be where part of the loaves and fishes story comes from - five tilapia, if they were an adult male and four adult females, truly could feed 5,000 and more given as little as eight months to a year, as they are highly prolific breeders and can breed at as little as four or five months of age.

  5. sc341

    I will make a point of not watching the Academy Awards next year. These people are a bunch of narcissists congratulating each other, that's all they are. There is very little entertainment value in that show. I prefer the “Grammy” telecast. At least they put on a show. They have singing and dancing. The Oscars are so dull. The “In Memorium” segment with James Taylor's singing was the only part I recorded on my DVR it was the only part even worth watching. To all the talent who left us, may you R.I.P.

  6. sc341

    I wonder if they made a point to blame MJ's inclusion in the Memorial as the reason to exclude Farrah so they could drum up a controversy? They did a good job, people were all over the web attacking MJ last week like he was the one at fault. The Academy acted in a despicable manner in the way they handled this situation. Each person in the tribute only got 4 seconds of air time. They could have easily included her. They left her out to stir up a controversy. MJ was a lightning rod for controversy so they blamed him. I noticed that they included a journalist from “Variety” no one ever heard of and they didn't blame that guy. They did it on purpose 4 seconds of air time is nothing in a 3 and a half hour broadcast.

  7. N Smith

    To Beau,

    I understand what you are saying. However, most people seem to be missing the fact that this article is not even about Michal Jackson. Yet every comment has been about Him. I think people should get perspective.

  8. Debbie

    I am so thrilled for this exposure of our urgent problem, and I watched the movie in horror and was enlightened by what you brought to awareness……. it is the fishing of ALL animals that worries me, especially these mammals. What are the solutions to finding alternate ways to feed our planet?

  9. Shaar

    Why are people so naive?? I keep hearing about fawcett's friends and fans complaining about her absence from the tribute and not accepting the Oscar committee's apology and so on…Michael Jackson not only starred in a couple films, he also created short films for his songs from Thriller, Bad and Dangerous, etc. Is that not a contribution to the film industry? He totally changed the face of the music video. He also worked with many big name directors like Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Coppola, and George Lucas. I think that anyone who is trying to limit Michael to just 'the Wiz' (like Fawcett's friends who are publicly not accepting the 'apology') are trying to justify why Farrah should have been included. I think people should move on.

    The oscar committee's response to the hoopla (although not a great justification) was that they wanted to avoid all the blogging that would be going on if they left out Michael in the tribute. Did they not consider the same to happen with Fawcett's fans? They could have easily stuck in one or two people (couple seconds of airtime). I think they're just making excuses. It shows a lack of character and disrespect for these people to justify her absence by limiting Michael's hard work. Why do they need to almost bring Michael down? As though the committee only added him in to avoid the backlash. Geez what's happening in this world

  10. jd

    Does anyone else wonder why they feel they have to put a time limit or death limit on the “In Memorium” segement of their award show when there is so much more that can be kept out of the show? Some years may have fewer entries and require shorter time and some years more. To exclude anyone previously nominated or who has had a career in film spanning more then a decade because they aren't relevant to what they seem to think is a 30 year old and younger viewing audience is just dumb and rude. Young people need history of film and need to know about the pioneers of film making.

    Perhaps they might do a better job like they used to in putting together these segments by only focusing on the screen and not on a known artist coming out to perform a live song.

  11. KKarand

    I absolutely love,love and love Michael Jackson. It is hard to imagine that he is not longer alive, possibly because his music is so vibrant and almost timeless that it appears to keep Michael Jackson alive in our conscience. However, I have to comment that I don't believe Mr. Soares, the author here, is saying anything against Michael Jackson being included in the Oscar Memoriam mention. Rather that the Academy left some important/mentionable others out. Perhaps for reasons of time. I really believe that Farah Fawcett should have been mentioned if for nothing else for being so bold, strong and unconceited enough to have videotaped herself as she went through the throes of chemo therapy and other harsh treatments for her cancer. She invited the world to observe her fight for life and that is a candor that is hard to find among most of us, let alone cancer victims or survivors. in any case, I consider the Oscar Academy Awards rather political so it is a true shame that we test the mettle of actors' talent against such a bureaucratic group. The world should be turning away from such silly and frivolous occasions at times when there is so much economic stress and misery of life in the world; Haiti, Chile, and other areas of the world devastated by floods and food shortage. In fact, the Academy should make some mention of catastrophic plights before even commencing with the show being that it is a show watched worldwide. After all, aren't ratings everything?

  12. Roma

    Why is Michael Jackson's inclusion in the Oscar's In Memoriam, a reason for Farrah's exclusion?

    In 2009, the Thriller video was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, the first music video to ever receive this honor, for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant ” and will be preserved for all time.

    Yes, Farrah should have been included, but it is not Michael Jackson's fault she wasn't.

    In case anyone hasn't noticed, Michael is dead - he's not making the decisions anymore!

    It seems even the great leveller, death, can't cut this man a break.

  13. beau

    To N smith
    well nobody is saying mj cured cancer or he saved the world.we are just tired of people putting him down,we knew he had faults but who doesnt?
    I am sure if you had the media spotlight on most of your life people might find some of your actions odd too.

  14. admin

    Thanks for writing.
    Just please note that Ricardo Montalban was included in the 2009 Oscar's “In Memoriam” segment.

  15. Sharon F_NJ

    The choice of Leslie Unger to succeed John Pavlik may NOT have been a great choice. The less than thoughtful comments she made concerning the omission of Farah Fawcett, Bea Arthur and Ricardo Montalban was sad and disheartening. The Academy owes the friends and families A REAL APOLOGY.

    Of course… we understand that all members of the Academy lost in 2009, might be able to be included, but to included Michael Jackson (no disrespect) and not include Farah is absurd!

    I felt sad that her loss was overshadowed by the attention given the untimely loss of Mr. Jackson, and NOW a CONCIOUS decision to do this again, is terrible. Shorten some of the dance acts and remove some of the lousy jokes, and there would be plenty of time to show the proper respect to those the industry lost during the year. Shame on you Ms Unger!!!

  16. N Smith

    I love how most of the comments here are picking up on the fact that you brought up Michael Jackson.

    Guys, I know you were fans of his but seriously… get a grip. This man was not God, and does not need you defending him against someone who didn't even insult him or put him down. He was just a man, who was hugely successful but had an odd, disturbing private life. So no need to act like this man changed humanity and is beyond criticism. Besides, if you actually read the article you will see that the writer was merely using him (and others) as a comparison to someone with a far more illustrious movie career. So really, stop worrying and find something worth moaning about.

    Besides, the article wasn't even about him…

  17. D_Town

    Perhaps not only were they looking at Michaels roles in The Wiz and Moonwalker and his short films, but also the fact the his voice graced several big sreen film movie soundtracks such as The Wiz, Ben, Free Willy, and the This is It (which will probably be up for several awards in 2010's academy awards)

    However, if Farah had a strong role in at least one big screen film, then yes, she should have been included as well, even if early in the montage.

  18. Heather H.

    Category: Michael Jackson — love that!

  19. pg hjh mardiah

    MAY “MJ” BE INCLUDED AND HONORED IN WHATEVER AWARD CEREMONIES IN THE YEARS TO COME. WE SIMPLY WANT HIM TO BE REMEMBERED….ALWAYS..

  20. Sme

    Michael should be on the top of the list. He innovated short film, made unparalleled contributions to the movie making world.

  21. maria

    i love michael jackson.
    media made michael's life a living hell! why targetting michael for this! please leave him alone for god sake! enough already! this is too much.
    thank you academy for including MJ!
    media sucks,michael's the best!

  22. Viras

    For leaving FF out please send your complaints to the Academy, MJ has nothing to do with it,he is righully on the list. And please add to his accomplishments already mentioned by other posters the OSCAR NOMINATION FOR HIS SONG BEN in 1973 AT THE AGE OF 14. His performance at the Oscars back then, presented by Charlton Heston was amazing, keep watching it. A little Oscar history. Mj was no'Idol' hed been in the business for almost 45 years .And the Academy this year did the right thing not put him in any category . The man is in a leage of his own: Category Michael Jackson.

  23. Madame

    YES…..By all means Michael Joseph Jackson should have been included!!! Thank you, KITTY, Michelle Beech, SK, Andre,Beau,Brian for the indepth report, you were on the Money, E, Dimple,and John Odeh….. Your Comments took the words right out of my mouth. It is good to see that some people really LOVED MIchael for the Artist and Person he was. Sorry that some were not included, they did not have the impact Michael did, besides he was in entertainment 45 of his 50 years on this earth!!
    Thank you for remembering the Worlds greatest Entertainer, for there will never be another Michael Jackson.

  24. John Odeh

    I Love Farrah Fawcett, and also noticed that she wasn't included in the memoriam. However Michael Jackson totally deserved to be included. He did act in at least eight movies, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as the Scarecrow in Ben (Best Song), so he is no stranger to the movie world. Additionally he was enamored of movies, and contributed to both movie making and the Film Media via his major impact and contributions to the Art of the Music Video (of which he was the undisputed Master and Pioneer). It's a shame Farrah Fawcett was left out because she was a major icon of TV and starred in many notable films. But though we can and should ask the Academy why the failed to acknowledge her, we should not put down MJ, Britanny Murphy, or anyone else who got snubbed. And what the hell do you mean by saying Britanny murphy is not a major movie star? Didn't you watch any of her wonderful movies, like “The Notebook” just to mention one! Michael Jackson planned to retire from musical entertainment after his planned “This Is It Concerts,” and devote the rest of his life to movie directing (especially in the genre of horror films), so he was part and parcel of the movie making world (or at least would have been) if an untimely death had not so effectively conspired (and indeed successfully managed snatch) to him away so tragically before he realized his dream. Thus it was fitting for the academy to bid him adieu. If the belief in reincarnation is really true (and I am not here saying that it is), then maybe in MJ's next life, he will devote his immense talents to the arts of film making, and I think the Academy will welcome him then. May MJ, Farrah Fawcett, Britanny Murphy, and all the dearly departed artists of Hollywood, RIP!

  25. cjb

    Ridiculous they had Michael Jackson but not Farrah Fawcett. Only the Academy would come up with something like that. And those people and their show are supposed to be representing and honoring the world of FILM.

  26. altfilmguide

    Brittany Murphy isn't in “The Notebook.”
    Also, the article doesn't say she shouldn't have been included in the tribute.

  27. Joao Soares

    I'm still annoyed at overlooking Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur: I'm sure someone devised some very smart criteria, but I struggle to see which: if it was relative weight of the number of films vs. other media, then Michael Jackson wouldn't be there either; if it was never having been nominated for an Academy Award, that would eliminate the likes of Errol Flynn or Bela Lugosi; if it was total number of films, where would James Dean be? Quite annoying. Overall, this year's 'In Memoriam' was probably the least inspired ever (of the ones I've seen). No worries pioneers and celluloid stars, we'll remember and honour you.

  28. Dimple

    MJ was the biggest and best known entertainer of the 20th century, therefore it makes sense to include him in the biggest award show of the year… MJ will be remembered in thousands of years to come, Farrah sadly will not. get over it

  29. E

    Farrah Fawcett was an icon, but principally a television actress. She should have been honored, perhaps, but there's no reason to set her and MJ against each other, which presumably neither would have wanted. The bulk of Fawcett's work was in television, as well.

    Michael Jackson had a great presence and influence in the film industry, and deserved to be honored at the Oscars. He was an actor with an extreme interest in film and in pushing the limits of film in new ways. His live concert in London was to be the first ever to include 3D short films. MJ pioneered the music video, and made many short films, working with some of the greatest directors and producers around (Martin Scorcese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Stan Winston, Spike Lee, John Singleton, to name a few). He wrote music for film. His style and music had a great influence on all pop culture over a span of decades. He had a great influence on the film industry as well as on the entire entertainment industry. There's a reason they couldn't put a single profession under his name as with every other person in the tribute. His importance in the film world shouldn't be in question by anyone who is familiar with film.

    The Oscars are a celebration for the film industry. Few of the general public read Variety, but everyone in the industry does. Why is being a “movie star” that the average Joe knows somehow the yardstick for this?

  30. Brian

    Michael Has been in eight feature films, besides how the hell is it his fault that farrah wasnt included, people can be so ignorant its unbelieveable. He was an actor although he was not primarily known for that because he was the worlds biggest entertainer. But you cant say he doesnt belong their as much as Farrah, The academy should have made the segment a bit longer cut a few speeches short. Blame the academy not MJ , give the man a break ,hasnt he suffered enough because of the media bloodsuckers when he was alive?.Geez.

    1978 The Wiz
    1986 Captain EO
    1988 Moonwalker
    1997 Ghosts
    2002 Men in Black II
    2004 Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls
    2009 Michael Jackson's This Is It

    Michael This is it film is the highest grossing documentary of all time making 260 million dollars surpassing michael moores farenheight 9/11 that made 222.6 million. so yes he does deserve to be there. RIP to them Both.

  31. D.Gauzot

    Here goes an article that may explain why some famous people are “overlooked” and why others are included…in The Oscars@ and The “In Memoriam”

  32. beverly

    It is really sad for the families of these Hollywood pioneers. With unemployment so high, maybe the greed of corporate profit should be set aside for the hiring of people who do their research and are over 30 years old.

  33. beau

    You dont have to put MJ down just because the producers did not include some of your favorites.His worked encompass all genres and he acted in a few movies.his thriller video was just inducted into national film registry.His work impacted so many peoples life and he has millions of fans that miss him and are grateful he was deservedly honoured
    Farrah and the rest should also have been acknowledged but you should direct your anger at the oscar producers not mj cos he didnt put himself in the montage.

  34. sk

    You should be ashamed of yourself for putting MJ down. In case you missed the news HE IS DEAD. He didn't ask to be put up there. Media wirch hunt begins again. Leave him alone. Media sucked his blood when he was alive. Yes Farah should have been there. How dare you torture MJ over this. Long live the king!!!! like it or not he will always be remembered so get used to it.

  35. Michelle Beech

    Michael jackson
    starred in The Wiz, plus many short films Captain EO, ghosts and some cameo roles such as Men in Black. He made “movies/film” a legitimate part of music, in the music video. His creativiry and vision in these “short” films was revolutionary and changed the way music industrt presented itself. This is it, was to incortporate short films as well. He was inextricably linked to film and used film in unique ways……He belongs on the list.

  36. Kitty

    No, Michael Jackson didn't have a bigger film career but he had a much bigger career in general and he touched SO many peoples hearts and souls…and always will. He has changed peoples lives and is one of the most amazing people this world has EVER been blessed with.
    He deserved to be there…he is a King and he will never be forgotten.
    You cannot deny his lasting legacy and the way he has impacted on the world.
    So…he was not in the movies…but it would have been scandalous to leave him out.
    Farrah Fawcett should have been there too but don't you dare bring down Michael Jackson just because she wasn't.

    We love Michael.

  37. Andre

    >>>>>>>>>>Media wirch hunt begins again. Leave him alone.

    Clearly, you didn't read my piece.
    You must be referring to some other article that put Michael Jackson down.

  38. Nigus

    Congratulation to u & all z film actors!

  39. jd

    Every year some long time Academy Award viewers drop off and I will be there after more then 25 years. I am extemely disappointed that the Academy bypassed Meryl Streep's performance once again. It seems that the people which make of the Academy are now more interested in popularity and celebrity more then actual acting skills. Voting for someone because they hold a lot of power in your industry and they may later give you a job over voting for someone for their job performance is just plain wrong. Academy members shame on you and SAYONARA !