LOS ANGELES -- The absence of Farrah Fawcett
from the traditional "in memoriam" segment of the Academy Awards
broadcast Sunday was causing some to scratch their heads.
Fawcett, who died in June at the age of 62, was notably left out
of the tribute, which was accompanied by James Taylor
"In My Life."
Fawcett was predominantly a TV actress and starred in
and numerous made-for-TV movies. But she also
appeared in theatrically released films, including 1976's "Logan's
Run," 1986's "Extremities," 1997's "The Apostle" and 2000's
"Dr. T and the Women."
There are often quibbles with the selections for the Oscar
memoriam, but Fawcett's credits - and her celebrity - would seem to
qualify her for the tribute. The montage also included Michael
, whose predominant medium certainly wasn't theatrically
Film critic Roger Ebert
was among those who questioned Fawcett's
absence on Twitter
. Ebert called it a "major fail" and wrote,
"They have a whole lot of 'splaining to do."
Said Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences spokeswoman
Leslie Unger, "Every year it's an unfortunate reality that we
can't include everybody."
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