Corey Haim left out of this year's Oscar tribute
Putting together the “In Memoriam” tribute for the Academy Awards “is the single most troubling element of the Oscar show every year, because more people die each year than can possibly be included in that segment,” Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences told the Associated Press last year in a story on how the segment is produced.
This year's omission that sent the Internet abuzz: Corey Haim, a teen idol from the 1980s who starred in “License to Drive” and “The Lost Boys.” Haim, who struggled with drug addiction, died last March at 38.
Among the 30 or so who made the cut: Dennis Hopper, Lynn Redgrave, Blake Edwards, Tony Curtis, Jill Clayburgh, Leslie Nielsen and Lena Horne, the latter of whom was given special recognition by actress Halle Berry.
The most glaring omissions from last year’s Oscar tribute: Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur.
Trimming the list of names for the segment “gets close to agonizing by the end,” Davis said in the AP story. “You are dropping people who the public knows. It’s just not comfortable.”
-- Valerie J. Nelson
Photo: Corey Haim at a "Lost Boys" reunion in 2008 at the Viper Room in West Hollywood. Credit: Nathan Nowack /Associated Press