Farrah Fawcett Oscar snub: Academy apologizes, cites 'remarkable' TV career
Celebs, fans and the Web took notice of late actress Farrah Fawcett's omission from the Oscar's annual "In Memoriam" clip on Sunday -- where deceased artists have been celebrated on the show since 1993. Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is responding."There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all," academy Executive Director Bruce Davis told People.
"They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it."
Despite their regrets the Academy maintains their exclusion of Fawcett, as they felt her "remarkable television work" would best be honored by the Television Academy (who put on the annual Emmy Awards).
Tatum O'Neal, daughter of Fawcett's longtime partner Ryan O'Neal, issued a statement Tuesday on behalf of her family."We are deeply saddened that a truly beautiful and talented actress Farrah Fawcett was not included in the memorial montage...we are bereft with this exclusion of such an international icon who inspired so many for so many reasons," O'Neal said.
"Golden Girls" icon Bea Arthur was also excluded from the clip.
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Photo: Farrah Fawcett during an onstage tribute to late TV mogul Aaron Spelling in 2006. Credit: Brian VanderBrug / Los Angeles Times