As Oscars night draws to a close, we begin to reflect on the victories, surprises and snubs of the evening -- 'King's Speech' over 'Social Network,' still no love for Christopher Nolan? 'Crash' over 'Brokeback'? (OK, so we have long memories ...)
One segment that can always be counted on to court controversy is the In Memoriam montage, a sober look back at the stars we've loved and lost over the past year. At the 2010 awards, Oscar drew criticism for failing to feature Farah Fawcett in the retrospective, and it looks like the sin of omission struck again this year, when Corey Haim, Peter Graves and Betty Garrett failed to make the cut on the telecast.
Corey Haim died of pneumonia on March 10, 2010, at age 38, having struggled with drug addiction for many years. A teen heartthrob in the 1980s, Haim was best known for films such as 'Lucas,''License to Drive' and the cult horror classic 'The Lost Boys.'
His name was also omitted from the SAG Awards' In Memoriam section last month, prompting his friend and co-star, Corey Feldman, to comment in a statement, "We have become used to not being honored by our peers in the industry ... I have faith that the Academy will make a wiser choice." His faith was evidently misplaced.
On March 14, 2010, four days after Haim's death, Peter Graves succumbed to a heart attack at age 83. The star of more than 70 films, television series and TV movies over the course of his career (including a memorable turn as Captain Clarence Oveur in 'Airplane!' and 'Airplane II'), Graves was best known for his starring role as Jim Phelps in the CBS TV series 'Mission: Impossible.'
Betty Garrett, star of 'All in the Family' and 'Laverne and Shirley,' died of an aortic aneurysm on February 12, 2011, at the age of 91. After making her name as a performer on Broadway, Garrett went on to star in several musicals for MGM, appearing alongside Frank Sinatra in 'On The Town' and 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame,' and later on a number of television series including 'Becker,' 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Boston Public.'
As the night wears on, a number of other omissions have been noticed -- they include Maria Schneider of 'Last Tango in Paris,' Lisa Blount of 'An Officer and a Gentleman,' writer Monica Johnson and actor Maury Chaykin, best known for his small screen portrayal of Nero Wolfe and his supporting work in such films as 'Dances with Wolves' and 'Entrapment'.
Why do you think Haim, Graves and Garrett were left out of the In Memoriam segment? Did you notice any other omissions?
Edit: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Haim's cause of death was accidental drug overdose, when the final autopsy revealed pneumonia as the cause.
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