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And now, the Medley of Dead People.

So they tried something new this year for the “In Memoriam” segment: James Taylor doing a lovely version of the Beatles’ “In My Life” as we saw montage of the recently departed, from Brittany Murphy to David Carradine to brilliant writers such as Horton Foote and Larry Gelbert and legendary directors such as Eric Rohmer.

Eric Rohmer

Eric Rohmer

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Problem was, they once kept kept the mics open throughout the Kodak Theater, so we could hear the robust cheers for the better-known icons, and the woeful smattering of claps for behind-the-scenes talents and older character actors.

It’s just so unseemly. As I’ve said every year FOR A MILLION YEARS: Even in death, the star system is in place.

4 Responses to “And now, the Medley of Dead People.”

  1. Smaranda Says:

    They left out Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur.

  2. Ranman Says:

    I don’t keep track of celebrity doings, but I do read the news. Apparently the Academy skipped a day.
    Unless I blinked and missed it, they didn’t include Farrah Fawcett in their memorial montage.

  3. Smaranda Says:

    Yes, they left out Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur.

  4. Karphil Says:

    I way dismayed that Farrah was omitted, but not shocked: she passed the same day MJ did and was overlooked last June also. The academy’s excuse of “we can’t remember everyone” is BS. Farrah and Bea were not just “everyone” they were classy women who should have been remembered.

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