March 8th, 2010
03:37 PM ET

Oscar's 'In Memoriam': Where was Farrah?

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The "In Memoriam" section has become an awards show staple: tasteful music played under images of the past year's notable dearly departed in that particular industry.

There will always be disagreements over the length of the piece, who rated highest on the "death-meter" with the most applause, the music (I'm a huge James Taylor fan, but I heard from people who thought his rendition of "In My Life" was inappropriate or otherwise off) ... and most of all, who is included and who is left out.

This year, the last strains of James' guitar were still lingering and the Oscar telecast had barely gone to commercial when I started hearing from friends: "Where was Farrah Fawcett?"

I replayed mental tape, and sure enough, while many of the other major celebs who passed away last year - many during the "Summer of Death" – made the Oscar show's cut, Fawcett was nowhere to be seen.  Natasha Richardson, Dom DeLuise, David Carradine, Karl Malden, Patrick Swayze (yes, he was there right at the beginning of the montage), and Brittany Murphy, but no sign of Farrah's signature blonde mane and dazzling smile.

The Academy's reaction to the avalanche of criticism that followed was predictable, and reasonable: they can't include everybody.

That said, presumably there are standards to determine who makes the cut and who doesn't.  Obviously, fame is one of those criteria.  On the other hand, the Oscar death roll always includes executives, writers, directors, and other less-famous folk who had significant film industry roles, so obviously there's a balance to be struck.  For instance, Bea Arthur did almost exclusively television, with just a few movie credits in her six-decade career, so it made sense that the Emmys saluted her last fall, but the Oscars did not.

That brings us to (deep breath ... bracing for hate mail from his fans ...) Michael Jackson.  His death last June, just a few hours after Fawcett's, overshadowed hers in the news, and now it seems it's happened again.  Yes, Farrah was known largely for "Charlie's Angels" and such TV movies as "The Burning Bed," but she was in plenty of movies, including "Dr. T. and the Women," "The Apostle," "Man of the House," "See You In The Morning," "Extremities," "The Cannonball Run," "Saturn 3" and "Logan's Run."  Okay, maybe some of those films were better candidates for the Razzies than the Oscars, but let's consider Jackson's big-screen credits: "The Wiz," "This Is It," and... um... that "Men in Black II" cameo.  Suddenly, Farrah's list looks a lot better.

Film critic Roger Ebert tweeted that he felt the snub was “a major fail” by the Academy and that they have “a whole lot of splaining to do.”

There's an old Latin phrase (I know, I know: there aren't many new Latin phrases): de mortuis nil nisi bonum - speak no ill of the dead.  However, they didn't say anything about arguing over the dead.  Have at it: what did you think of Michael's inclusion, Farrah's exclusion, and the entire concept?

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  1. NJ Viewer

    I did not watch (saw the pre-shows) & I'm glad I did not. Farrah has been dealt a sh*t hand; from her fighting cancer; to not having privacy; then her beloved son being locked up. She obviously hung on for 3 weeks just to see Redmond but couldn't fight any more.

    Her death was tragic because she had such a huge will to live; which if anyone saw "Farrah's Story" gave you a small glimpse into what a cancer patient goes through. I wish her original version would have been shown; I think people needed to see just how raw she was. I hope that her son will consider allowing the real version to be shown.

    MJ passing the same day upset me & I am not a huge Farrah fan; I respected her cancer fight. MJ has not been "popular" in how many years; yet all of a sudden he is the great one.. yes, he could dance & sing but how many times can we watch him grab his crotch? You have someone that passed that was sick; you had someone that passed that was thought to do drugs & live a questionable life.

    I'm just so SICK of hearing how Farrah once again is ROBBED of the respect she deserved. How many magazines did not do a feature on her either?

    You only get one chance to make the right decision to honor someone & they will not get the chance again. They F'ing blew it.

    MJ being mentioned is laughable. Forget the beautiful, talented blond girl because it was "cool" to include MJ. Everyone has to get in on the MJ bandwagon.

    I'm so glad I didn't waste my time watching...

    March 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Old Lady In CA

    The dance sequence was a waste of time. I would have preferred to have seen more of the memorial tribute.

    As far as Fawcett being included, I remember seeing , "The Cannonball Run," but I don't remember her being in it. Frankly, I don't remember any of her performances on the big screen.

    There are thousands of movies made every year. The Oscars can't honor everyone. The Emmys will honor her. Playboy magazine may do a tribute (she appeared in it and proved that middle age is just an age). If there were a federation of posters, she would be #1.

    Oscars? She's a maybe, but considering her sense of dignity that she displayed during her cancer, they probably should have included her. I don't think that they were necessarily wrong, but a blanket, "we're sorry that so many talented people in the industry could not have been included due to time constraints," and a list of these people, would have been nice.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Adriana

    We should spend time while people are alive honoring them not arguing over them when they are dead. I think the big "hoopla" over Michael Jackson's death was actually a blessing for Farrah's loved ones. They were able to grieve in peace while everyone was going crazy over Michael's death. I think she deserved to be in the Oscar video but she will remain in the memories and hearts of those who loved her and she doesn't need to be included in a video for people to remember her life and work.

    Valdosta, Ga

    March 11, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Erin

    it's an obscene omission. The Academy deserves every once of bad PR it gets for this. The insincere statement of the Academy flack and the general tone couldn't be more rude or indifferent.

    Was it more important to include a hideous and endless Ben Stiller routine and very long dreary dance sequence that went on for what seemed a lifetime OR take the extra couple of seconds to honor and remember the lives of some very influential people that were loved and admired by millions of fans worldwide?

    The exclusion of Farrah, Bea Arthur, Ricardo Montabon and the others who should have been included is shameful.
    I guess we can only hope for Karma. Look out Academy producers, what goes around comes around-even in Hollywood.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jane

    The Academy should limit their remembrance list to members of the Academy, who lost their lives the past year, instead of subjectively and arbitrarily deciding whom to include based upon some loosely and inconsistently applied criteria.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anne

    Even if MIchael Jackson had not died, Farrah Fawcett would still not have been included in the tribute. Her exclusion had nothing to do with MJ. Nothing.

    MJ starred in This Is It which made $250 million last year.
    His filmThriller was just inducted into the national film institute.
    He was a director, producer, choreographyer, filmmaker
    His song Ben was nominated for an Academy Award.
    He did the music for ET.
    He did the music for Free Willy.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. louie G

    Why you people would use this forum to attack a dead man, it is people like you who m ake this world what it is. Instead of throwing y our barbs back and forth on Farrah or Michael (God rest both thier Souls). Farrah only played an "Angel" niether one of them like ourselfs are above judgement. The Academy messed up, yes, but to say one shouldnt be included over the other is just wrong. Michael was nominated and had been in attendance to the Oscars before, Farrah was a part of the business as well. Both deserved to be honored that night. It isnt fair to call Michael merely a musician or Farrah an actress, though both went through trouble times in their life, both had thier demons to work through, in thier passing and before thier passing, they were helping. Farrah with her cancer and Michael with all his fortune still spent money and time donating or giving his name to charity.

    Its easy to point fingers and give labels (though never proven guilty in the court of law) why use such hate. I read these items and see the hate and venom spewed out. This is why we will never evolve as humans, this is why I pray nightly that one day we can become the people we were meant to be. Michael talked of love and it was very clear on his movie "This Is It" he was all bout love, Farrah in her last days documented also gave the love she felt and her fight and struggle should forever be remembered. If your a Michael fan or if youre a Farrah Fan, you know they would not want such hate to be said of the other person.

    Grow up, and learn to love as i quote a great man "i say that with love... L. O. V. E love...."

    March 10, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. lydd

    yes i think they should have included farrah, but this is the world we live in, we easily forget the dead which is sad. once your dead, people can give a dern about you except the ones that really love you. michael had a huge impact on the world. may they both rip=]

    March 10, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Yes or No

    You all are sick. Why do you compare MJ to Farrah? Why do we care to the point of hate, who the OSCARS show in memory. "she died first, he was a bigger star, the OSCARS should be ashamed, etc." Some of you do not even watch the OSCARS. Regardless if the person is a celebrity, family member, or friend, do not forget the memories of their laughter. Rest in peace. Right now, let keep the peace.

    I know that is not going to happens.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kayron

    why do we have to discuss Michael's inclusion, Farrah's exclusion – they both deserved to be in there...

    March 10, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pat

    I'll add my disappointment and disbelief to all the others here. Farrah Fawcett was an iconic actress in TV and movies for over 3 decades. She belonged in that tribute. Michael Jackson was a musician and an entertainer, but not an movie actor. They should not have included him in an Oscar tribute. I'm very disappointed in the Academy's decision.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Alice

    I think Farrah should have been included and Michael Jackson, not a film entity, could have been excluded. I thought James Taylor's singing of "In My Life" was a beautiful musical commentary.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. ff99tfi

    It is much more appropriate to show writers, directors, etc and stars who made a significant contribution to movies. not sure why Michael Jackson was included except that he was a major major star.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. ff99tfi

    guess noone has anything better to do.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. ancientrockqueen

    Its really sad that someone with such a long career in the entertainment industry isnt even worth a few moments of notice. Very sad. MIchael jackson's life wasnt any more important then hers...

    March 10, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. Irene

    I can't believe the Oscars would leave out such a good actress as Farrah. They should be ashamed of themselves and someone needs to be fired....but i am also very angry and annoyed with the fact that everyone is still trashing Michael Jackson's name even in that's disrespectful. Let the man rest in peace just like every other celeb who has passed away. He is let him be

    March 10, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  17. Toriboy

    Farrah didn't make it. Shame on the Oscars.
    Leave MJ alone, he was a genius! Is not his fault that Farrah didn't make it to the list.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  18. God

    I think it was an oversight.
    Can't include everybody? That's just nonsense..
    Ok, I can't include everybody in heaven but my reasons are better then no reasons.. this is unacceptable!

    March 10, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  19. Janine

    Bloody shame that Farrah wasn't mentioned. Michael Jackson did act in movies though: Moonwalker, The Wiz....

    March 10, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  20. Veronica Tan

    They claimed it wasn't an oversight – so it WAS intentional?! And their response was so arrogant! C'mon Oscars!

    I'm at the other end of the world, in Singapore – we knew and loved Farrah as much as we know Patrick.. moreover Demi More (his co-star in Ghost) did the intro tribute – wasn't that more than double the airtime accorded to Patrick along with the very first photo on him – couldn't they carve out just 15 secs for Farrah? I'm just wondering if the person doing the montage had some thing personal against Farrah.. And Bea Arthur, the Golden Girl – we missed her too!

    March 10, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  21. Milot

    I guess she rejected one of the board members of the academy back in the day – that's my only hypothesis!

    March 10, 2010 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  22. Bernie R.

    I'm not an American. It just so happened that i'm an avid fan of hollywood movies and hollywood actors and actresses. But i think you guys in the land of the free sucks when you forgot (unintentionally?) Miss Farah Fawcett in your memoriam. Shame on you all!!

    March 10, 2010 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  23. Janu

    This has nothing to do with Michael Jackson!!! If you wanna blame someone, then blame it on the Academy. You just need one little thing, and anything..then start showering with stupid comments about Michael Jackson. Let him be for god sake, its enough.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  24. porfarrah

    Does this mean K. Jackson and J. Smith will never be mentioned when they pass away also? The Angels were the center of the iconic 70's craze we all took part in whether we realized it then or not, and Farrah was once the brightest star angel. We all mourn her untimely death after so much hardship and pain and it's a sad day when the Oscar's can't even show her some respect and gratitude for her dazzling presence on the TV shows when we had no other source of home entertainment.

    March 10, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  25. SOMom

    I love Michael Jackson. I don't think he was a weirdo or that he molested any children. But I was taken aback when I saw his face among those remembered. Yes, he was nominated for Best Song for the theme from "Ben" and yes, he was in "The Wiz." But to leave out Farrah Fawcett when she has far more theatrical film releases than him, I don't get it. It LOOKS like a snub, even if it isn't, and the Academy made a mistake.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  26. Angie J

    They should both have been included. It's not Michael Jackson's fault the Academy made the dumb move of leaving out Farrah. It's too bad they weren't 'man enough' to say they simply made a mistake and should have included her.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  27. David M.

    How about a verb in your Latin quote? And actually it is a "new" Latin phrase since it wasn't translated into that language until the 1400s.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  28. What, O What Would It Have Hurt

    How petty. How ABSOLUTELY PETTY, of them to not have acknowledged Farah or Bea Arthur. These lovely ladies 'entertained' us.
    AND off Screen, they did much to touch other lives (Cancer Association/Gay Safe House for young adults).

    We admired them, laughed with them, cried for them because plain and simple they shared their humanity with us and graced us with their presence.

    Goes to show you the shallowness of hollywood doesn’t it?

    March 10, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  29. Dale

    Please let me say it plain and simple. Farrah was an icon, Film and Television. She was a beloved celebrity who died with dignity and courage and deserves her recognition like everyone else they mentioned. She was an Academy member for 40 years. You know, the person who made the decision not to add her was not thinking of who the country would really like to see honored, She is who we know, not some behind the scene lighting supervisor or sound man. Please, it was blatantly disrespectful not to just Farrah's memory, but to all who loved her. She was America, ageless and beautiful.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  30. Don

    With all due respect, Michael is not any more dead than Farrah, but his movie career was. He did not belong in the Oscar's tribute, but Farrah certainly did. This is not just an oversight, it is a blatant act of ignorance and disrespect.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  31. Del

    Extremely poor taste to leave Farrah Fawcett off the Memoriam. Both Farrah and Michael died on the same day, they both should have been remembered, not just Michael. What bothers me also is the fact the Academy is trying to justify their decision, instead of admitting that a huge mistake was made. Other celebrities should take notice. Perhaps the "Oscar" isn't such a big deal after all!

    March 10, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  32. Ellen R.

    I believe they gave an intern the responsibility of assembling the memorial montage. This was bad judgment, and does not speak well of the organizers. I certainly hope a professional in the business was not responsible. Blatantly excluding actors loved by the public spoils the tribute to everyone.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  33. Caren

    Same thing happened in '08 when they left out Brad Renfro, (who died just weeks before Heath Ledger), because he wasn't famous enough, even though he was in tons of films.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  34. Nutmegger

    TO: Diane Barris -

    Peter Boyle was noted with a picture from his genius performance in "Young Frankenstein."

    March 10, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  35. Jennifer

    Farrah was an actor. She acted in movies. She died in 2009. She should have been included in the tribute. PERIOD.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  36. Bernie

    Hold it Michael Jackson. did music for film for "Ben" " Free Willy" and others plus appeared in film so he should get a mention. Not sure he was making room for Farrah. Someone just screwed up.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  37. debbie

    Farrah, was a caring and kind person to all that knew her she gave us grace and beauty and died tryiny tohold onto her dignity while going threw it til the final end... why shouldn't any gracious person be allowed a simple aknlogement during her last curtin call! As far as michael jackson we have heard and seen more than enough on him and his past history..... someone needs to correct this for her and her family...the jacksons whereha great group at one time they have had there share of problems as all do but, he is not a saint andis being treated as so and it still continues.. \ rest in peace farrah ! There are those who will loving remember you .....

    March 10, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  38. debiddo1

    The Academy really blew the tribute thing this year first and not worst of all having James Taylor's song lead the tempo, and he started late to begin with. The faces raced by to accommodate the song and the whole thing was a mess. I thought they had professionals running this thing ! Amateur night all the way.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Stan

    look, I totally agree that farrah should have been mentioned, and the academy should take full responsibility for this disrespect. But damnit stop calling MJ a child molester. he was'nt convicted only accused. Leave that up to the right person and just appreciate the legacy THEY BOTH left us. Peac.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Daggie Del Gallego

    I was also surprise that Farrah Faucett's name was omitted when the Oscar's failed to give notice to the late Farrah Faucett. There is absolutely no excuse to forget her. I hope that the Academy should issue a statement and apologize to Farrah's family and all her fans around the world. I am one of them. Shame on the Academy and its Board of Directors.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  41. jeannie gallaway

    Didn't have enough time for Farrah???!!!! How about cutting out that totally un-entertaining dance number that put us all to sleep and pissed us off because it had nothing to do with anything!!! Those people were only up there for a second, so I can't believe they had no time for her!! They should have also cut actor's speeches short, since nobody wants to hear what they're saying anyways!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Anonymous

    I agree that she should have been shown but isn't music a huge part of the entertainment value in a movie as well? They do have best score and best song at the Academy Awards. Michael Jackson is an American Icon. Farrah is too which is why she should be included but I think they were right in including Michael Jackson.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Brad

    Bottom line? The Academy really couldn't care less what you think of its choices. So you might as well find another issue to bitch about.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Kidkoul36

    Come on, they showed a guy who was a P.R and Marketing exec who, with the exception of his family and friends, nobody cared about. Farrah made more than enough of a contribution on the big screen to deserve inclusion, despite what some poeple may think. It's just old school Academy thinking. I think they did this to John Candy too, but I could be wrong. They should at least own up to their mistake instead of some lame excuse.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Nancy B.

    I guess "Extremities" (her best work IMO) wasn't noteworthy enough for Farrah to get a memorial mention by the Academy???? For shame. Her fans still remember her even if the Academy blue bloods do not. Screw the Academy! God bless Farrah!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  46. janice

    Shame of the Academy for omitting Farrah. I do believe that some ahole forgot to include her and the Academy couldn't even be honest enought to admit it. They should have given a public apology and FIRED THE INCOMPETENT JERKS THAT SLIPPED UP.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Judy in New Jersey

    Farrah was a Star and should have been included! This is an error on the Academy's part. I'm totally confused on why they would think she shouldn't be mentioned?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  48. lenore

    They should be ashamed of themselves , The Academy that is, everyone named played a big part of Hollywood weather it be TV or Movies... Farrah deserved to be REMEMBERED... SHAME ON THOSE PEOPLE....

    March 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Melanie

    I was HIGHLY disappointed that Farrah Fawcett was left out of the tribute. It's disgraceful.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  50. peter port

    Hollywood gets smaller and smaller every year. Movies are crap, actors think they are above the average person, they are all useless, over paid underworked pos, the sooner the big quake puts california in the pacific, the better.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Areti

    Of course Michael Jackson was ackowledged. So he should be!

    His first no.1 hit song, 'Ben' that was nominated for an Oscar in 1973 – see the video where he also performs at the Oscars that year!!! ( He has had numerous involvements in film and television through his music – not so much his acting, but people seem to forget that a major part of film is the MUSIC!

    Yes, Farah should've been included, but so should Michael Jackson. She was a wonderful actress and he was a master musician. Both cotributed to film and the arts in different ways. BOTH should be acknowledged as such.

    I am getting sick of people saying MJ should not have over shadowed Farah. Come on people! It's not his fault he died on the same day as her! Let's acknowledge them both for what they did but there is just no doubt that MJ was the biggest star we have seen in our lifetime and it is right that he is acknowledged as such.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  52. mama

    While Ms Fawcet was never nominated for an Oscar, she was part for the motion picture Industry and deserved to be included. Same for Bea Arthur. Time is no excuse..there was plenty of time wasted .

    March 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Sara

    Cut out some of those silly jokes by the MC's and give more time to recognize the all the departed Stars!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Jeannie

    Completely wrong and shameful and embarrasing. Geez.... Farrah's iconic hair style alone should be given an award! I still love it! Her personal documentary of her own cancer struggles (hollywood political yadda aside, really gave invaluable information to others of what's happening in the cancer treatment industry) could have been recognized too – what a sweetheart of a gal and hollywood presence. Any condolences to MJ should have been left to all music awards – hands down.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  55. carla kinsella

    I immediately thought, Where was Farrah?? I was extremely angry and upset and knew she had done both television and "at the movie" movies. Very unfair and very sad that she would be forgotten. I put my thoughts immediately on facebook. Shame on Academy Awards!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jerry

    I guess I feel worse for those people who won the "Technical Oscars". It would be nice to spend a little time recognizing them; just say the names and awards as they march up and get their awards in rapid succession. It could be done in ten minutes. After all, they did win an Oscar.

    I'm sure Farrah is hardly rolling over in her grave; just another chance for a tabloid headline: "The Truth Behind Farrah's Oscar Snub".

    March 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |

    Hold the presses the Academy has finally issued a comment:

    " The omission was the Academy's decision. I would not say that it was an over...sight. Not everybody who passed during the year can be included. That's the unfortunate reality." As per Leslie Unger, spokeswoman for AMPAS.

    Newsflash to Ms Unger: NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  58. gwen

    I was very disappointed that Farrah was not included on remembering those who have passed on. But, to include Michael Jackson, he was a musician, he did not act in very many movies. Farrah had many movies to her credit. The academy said it could not include everybody, That is BS, if you can extened the best picture catergory to 10 movies, instead of 5,then you can included Farrah in your memorium clip.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Danny

    Farrah's feature movies included "Dr. T. and the Women," "The Apostle," "Man of the House," "See You In The Morning," "Extremities," "The Cannonball Run," "Saturn 3" and "Logan's Run. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal in "Extremities". According to Ryan O'Neil she was an Academy member for over 40 years. It's outrageous that she was forgotten and the Oscars should offer a public apology.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Charlie

    My Charlie Angel didnt get an OSCAR!?

    Shame on Hollywood.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  61. mddiva

    There all gone to a better place and we are still fussing over them. RIP and let's move on. The show is over!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Roy Pennell

    Shame on you OSCAR. your starting to get a little long in the tooth anyway.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mary

    The Academy needs to make a public apology for leaving Farrah out. Huge gaff!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Craig

    I noticed it right away too, like many others. I feel they should have found a way to include everyone. If you exclude anyone, someone will be upset. Based on the responses here, many people were very upset that Farah was excluded including me.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Dan

    Haven't watched the Academy Awards in years. It is a non-event and irrelevant in my opinion. I liked Farrah and Bea and they are in a class by themselves. The class of people that the Oscars could never live up to.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Estelle

    I totally agree that Farrah Fawcett was horribly snubbed–again. .In my opinion, she fit the criteria to be honored and remembered during the "In Memorium" segment of the Oscar ceremonies as much as anyone who was included: She was a film star and she died this past year. Michael Jackson was a SUPERSTAR on stage and on tour and in the recording industry, but he was not a film star. ( For those of you who might take offense at that statement, please know that I too was one of his many fans and still can't believe he's gone forever, but let's be honest here) .There's a difference and the Academy should have seen the distinction. In addition, the names and faces of the many directors, producers, and writers who were included, although great contributors to the movies, were mostly unrecognizable to the Oscar-watching public.
    Farrah's name and face are part of our collective memories, & therefore the ommission was glaringly and obvious and shameful.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Geoff Hamilton

    The Academy had a really hard choice to make. On one hand was a loved actress, the other a musician... in the end they chose the one who touched the most children.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  68. kim

    I don't remember seeing Erich Segal.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Here we go again

    Those of you who are calling Michael Jackson a bad name are ignorant jealous people. If you don't know anything about the man just say so. He was not only a mind blowing performer but also contributed a lot to the film industry as an actor, composer and producer. It's not only the actors that count in the film process there are hundreds involved. Do your researches before ranting here. And it's not his fault to excluded others from the memoriam, hello he is NOT here.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  70. V

    I thought Farah should have been featured with the other stars. However, I don't feel the need to belittle anyone else that was included. Those who are doing this need to redirect their angry.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Hurricane Ida

    If Desiree Rogers loses her job (or gracefully steps down) for letting two celebrity gawkers IN, then someone at the Academy should lose his/her job for leaving Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur OUT.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Becky in NY

    Shameful omission of Farah, shameful inclusion of MJ at the expense of those who were far more worthy. For an actress so famous to be excluded it seems like a deliberate snub. The Oscars are planned down to the smallest detail . There is no way it was an inadvertent oversight.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Lucia G

    Remember the year when Heath Ledger had just died? Well another actor, Brad Renfro, died shortly after Ledger and just before the Oscars aired. Ledger was in the montage, but Renfro wasn't. When people complained about Renfro's exclusion, the Oscars claimed that it was because the montage's final cut was finished before Renfro's passing (although some people believe it was due to his death by overdose). So the next year I paid close attention to montage to see if Renfro would be honored, and there was nothing.
    I think that if someone had EVER contributed to the film industry, they should be included. Their families are likely watching and waiting for their image and some applause from their peers, perhaps to have a little closure. It's pathetic that some people aren't included due to their degree of fame, number of films, and lifestyle.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Richard

    When it comes to who they choose to recognize and who they won't, The Academy Awards is no different than any other major award institution. However what makes this even more of a feel good moment is that The Academy goes a step further and extends its politically driven decision making process into the "In Memorandum" list as well.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  75. NJGRRL

    Farrah should have been included, absolutely. It was a terrible mistake.

    However, as a fan of Michael, it was not a bad thing he was included. While his songs never won any oscars, they are included in the soundtracks of many movies. 27 Dresses, Zoolander, Superman come to mind. And we cannot forget "Ben", which was a beautifully sad movie and MJ wrote that theme song.

    So he had a right to be included too.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Charlie

    I thought it was in extreme bad taste to eliminate Farrah. I thought at first maybe they had forgotten her, but realizing now that probably didn't happen am wondering what they are thinking. That was wrong on every level!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Pilar

    I am so glad you mentioned this because as I was watching the names roll to an end, I thought too, where's Farrah? It really bothered me that they did not honor her. She suffered enough with her illness. It would have been nice for her loved ones to see that she was respected enough to be remembered.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Caroline (Summer '09 Intern)

    That sure was the 'Summer of Death,' and I really think that they should have included Farrah–it's a total slap in the face to her. Michael Jackson is a famed entertainer, but he is more of an icon in the music industry. Farrah left her mark and contributed to Hollywood culture through her role in Charlie's Angels. If anything, the Academy should have paid tribute to her and gave her some respect.

    On another note, the blog looks like it's doing great, David! Keep at it, Entertainment team! Hopefully I'll get to visit soon!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  79. CJ

    The Oscars pay tribute to all of the arts that contribute to filmmaking which, by the way, include songs and musical scores! Not just actors! Also, Michael Jackson did perform his classic song 'Ben' during an Oscar show, which was nominated for an Oscar in 1972. This is one reason they paid tribute to him, not to mention he's lended a few other songs and adaptations to a few other movies (ET and Free Willy). It doesn't matter if he was a major actor or not, it only matters that he was an artist who participated in the making of several films. So he deserves to be remembered! Why on earth would people want to attack MJ for this is beyond me.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  80. James Whitt

    She should have the same as anyone else that has passed.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Gnuzzers

    Well let's not be too offended because they forgot Paul Newman too.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  82. April

    Farrah may be gone but she will not be forgotten, even though she was forgotten at the Academy Awards. She was a beautiful person,
    and a great actress. She contributed so much to the movie/tv industry and then died a very painful death. How could she have been forgotten? Shame on the Academy.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  83. tearsa

    I think it's ashame all the way around. It is ashame that for what all those actors/actresses ect did for the entertainment world and they cant find the time or space to add these people who ever they are. I say shame on you.. Cut out some of the speech time and some of the stuff that take way to long like the stupid jokes of the presenters or the host of the grammies.So there is time there they just didnt use it wisley. I am glad i didnt waste my time to watch it now. I really feel sorry for the familes of these actors. They are the one's who are still suffering and had to relive the hurt all over again of there loved ones not to be mentioned in the biggest award cermony of the year. wow .... sad sad sad

    March 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  84. sue

    Farrah FAwcet a movie star? gimme a break. a TV star with great hair and great hair commercials? definitely. but movies? an actor?
    such a "no way." i'd like to think that Karl Maulden and Natasha Richardson were actors and that Ms. Fawcett was a celebrity, at best. a sweet girl who died too young. for sure.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Andrea

    Watching the "in memorium" section of the Academy Awards was always my favorite part...sort of my last time to say good-bye to all of those talented actors and actresses that I enjoyed watching on the silver screen. As the time came to say a final good-bye, I turned to my partner and said, "I really don't want to see Michael Jackson again". Not that I did not enjoy his music and his videos, but with all of his personal controversies, whether the accusations were founded or unfounded, in my opinion it all overshadowed what he had accomplished.

    Well, low and behold, there he was again.

    I kept waiting to see Farrah and, quite honestly Bea Arthur, as well. Neither one of these pioneering women were shown; I was much more upset that Farrah did not make the role call.

    I think the Academy needs to apologize to her family, and stop hiding behind the "not everyone makes the cut" excuse. I don't have any idea who any of those writers, producers and waterboys who "made the cut" were; I'm sure their contributions to the movie industry were phenomenal, but to exclude Farrah Fawcett was not only insulting it was irresponsible.

    I can guarantee you, in memory of all of the actors and actresses that did not make the cut, I will not be watching the awards next year.

    Peace to All

    March 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Nancy

    Amazing, isn't it! None of us at our viewing party were big Farah fans, and likely could not have named many of her films, but the oversight was so blatant that we noticed right away. The excuse was ridiculous and ill-conceived. How much effort could it have taken to be inclusive? Just cut the opening act and there would have been room for so much more...

    March 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Rickski

    Since they got Farrah wrong it makes you wonder what else the Academy got wrong.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  88. djs987

    It was a major faux pas on the part of the Academy. Following her long and public battle with cancer, given the inspiration she sought to provide others, while exposing her pain and anguish – doesn't she deserve respect from the Academy?

    March 9, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Lori

    Yes Michael Jackson did have the "This Is It" movie which is now out on dvd, so mabe his music played in movies not sure, but I do think out of respect and after that special on tv about her life and death, it did deserve some sort of recognition considering her death was pretty big news. Well as they say the show must go on, and it just goes to show you that no matter how big you are now, we will all be forgotten some day.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Tom

    Let's not forget that Michael Jackson's music is featured in many movies, most famously perhaps in "Free Willy"

    March 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  91. JP

    Hey what about " Estelle getty" from golden girls. She did a couple of movie too.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Chris

    What is up with the people who are making these decisions? I love MJ and am glad he got coverage. That said, why was she overshadowed by him on the day "they" died? we did have room and time to honor both. Then playboy putting a cartoon on the cover instead of her for her tribute issue?? Have they forgot she had the best selling issue in the 90's? Now this at the Oscars?? I really just don't get it

    March 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Tracey

    While it is unfortunate that they did not include Farrah, the term iconic actress is a bit much. The fact that she had several film credits and was so popular should have earned her a mention. I find it sad however that people are using this as opportunity to slander Michael Jackson, by going on about crimes that he was never convicted of. The reality is his career was ICONIC as was he. I will agree the Oscars/film was not his venue and his space should have been used to mention another ACTOR that passed away. If you are truley a fan you will keep her in your heart and remember her work.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Gezellig

    Why not do a memorial sequence for industry insiders and show it when they give out the technical academy awards? With few exceptions for the truly legendary, only show celebrities who have passed to the TV viewing audience.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Tyson

    Seriously its an AWARD SHOW. are you guys really getting that upset over it? heres a tip, get a job and a new hobby to talk about.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Steve

    The AMPAS made a very sad mistake by not mentioning Ms Fawcett while including folks like Brittany Murphy and Michael Jackson. None of these lives were any more or less important than the other and no exclusions should have been made.
    However, whenever faced with unexplainable actions or words I simply try to follow my father advice in order to reconcile things – that advice being – "just consider the source" – in this case it was AMPAS. Now it makes sense.
    To those hurt by this exclusion I offer my sympathy – to the AMPAS I offer my pity for what you have become – a weak shadow of once what made you great.
    Rest well Farah ~

    March 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Cindy

    The Academy forgot about Farrah's death because she died on the same day as 'icon' Michael Jackson? Michael Jackson was a child molester and a druggie. Period. Of couse, let's honor the creep.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Paul Ramirez

    how could the Academy forget Farrah and claim "they did not have time"? Ditch the horrible dance routines and show some respect to the professionals that EMPLOY you. Farah, Bea Arthur and Bernie Mac were all snubbed.

    Classless act on the Academy's part.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |

    To Can't you read and all others in here that don't understand: the Oscar is an Academy Award from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
    Michael Jackson's work merits mention because even though he wasn't an actor nor a member of the Academy, "Thriller" was once nominated as a short film, because of its length its producer showcased it in theater thus qualifying for consideration by the Academy.
    Having said that, Michael performed in The Whiz and had a cameo in MB. He recorded the song "Ben" which was nominated, NOT HIM, the song the nomination goes to the song writers not the artist who performs it, which he also performed on stage in that year's show. THAT IS ALL SHE WROTE!!!
    And in closing for all of those asking, Heath Ledger died in January of 2008 before the Oscar show which he was nominated and won for Best supporting Actor in "Dark Knight". He wasn't snubbed this year.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  100. papoom

    get over the fact she wasnt mentioned. write the people who did the montage but DONT attack michael jackson because he DIDNOT ask for himself to be put in the remembrence montage-considering hes dead. Its sick how some of you people continue to attack him even in his death. whoever wrote this piece i think you need to write about what you noticed and keep your own negative opinions to yourself. i love CNN but the last thing i want to see is them pretty much blaming an artist who was put in something he had no decision about. sure he didnt make more movies than she did. Sure he probably shouldnt have been put in the montage but still thats not his fault. Dont attack him attack the people who work for the oscars committee. Think about that next time you end your piece with a sarcastic negative remark.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Skip

    Certainly very disappointing for all of us that think that this snub of Farrah's life work was completly uncalled for , very sad. Our family will treat this like we have professional baseball since the year we lost a World Series, due to greed......., we just won't watch it !


    March 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  102. tired of ths crap

    please all get a grip its over deal with it and move on please

    March 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Marian Nalitt

    Both Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur were poorly snubbed by the Academy. How much more time could 2 more names have taken to include? 30 seconds? Then take some time away from that awful opening number! These women were terrific actresses who deserved their names mentioned.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Carmela Giambalvo

    I hope that Farrah Fawcetts family knows how much she was loved by the public. The Academy not showing her picture and paying tribute to her is a disgrace. She made many movies and was a much loved actress from the beginning of her career till her death. At the end she had both guts and courage to show the world what she was going through fighting her cancer. But, let the Academy pay tribute to MJ, a grown man who admitted to sleeping with children, was a drug addict, and not a very stable person. I won't take away that he was a great singer, but enough of him already. Or maybe David Carradine, we all know how he died. I know thousands of American people and people all over the world will stand beside me to pay tribute to Farrah. She really was an angle.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Mark

    This was not a snub. This was the dumbest academy move I have ever seen. Leaving out Farrah and including Michael. STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Michael

    Brittany Murphy made the tribute, BRITTANY EFFIN MURPHY!!!, but not Farrah Fawcett??

    I'm glad I missed the show.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Shari

    I couldn't believe they did not give Farrah Fawcett the memoriam she deserved. She was a beautiful actress, mother and woman! She had many career performances that were absolutely wonderful and should have given her more than enough credit to be on the list of honored people. They made a huge error in my book. The Academy Awards should be ashamed of themselves!

    March 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Paul in Maryland

    In the movie "Back To The Future II" starring Michael J. Fox, there's a poster of Micheal Jackson hanging on the wall in a girl's bedroom. In the movie "Back To The Future III" when Fox's character goes back in time to the Old West during the1880s, Fox moonwalks like Micheal Jackson when he's being shot at. In the 1980s movie "Revenge of the Nerds" the partying nerds play Micheal Jackson's songs off of his "Thriller" album during a house party. In the movie "Undercover Brother" actor Eddie Griffen's character mimics Micheal Jackson during a fight scene. In one of the "Rush Hour" movies, actor Chris Tucker mimics Micheal Jackson. Do you know how many movies worldwide reference Micheal Jackson by name or by music and will continue to reference him? Countless. In the commercial clip for the current movie "Hot Tub Time Machine" they mention Micheal Jackson. Please stop saying he doen't need to be mentioned during the Oscars. How many films bring up his music either as a solo act or as the lead singer of The Jackson 5? Stop saying Micheal is only about music. Micheal is not only the King of Pop, but major royalty in pop culture. His name, his music, his influence will live in movies forever. He actually deserves a huge tribute during the Oscars. Real Talk.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Steve Sulkin

    Clearly, they erred. Probably simply an oversight, not a board room decision.

    In terms of JT. I'm a fan. I saw him at the Eastern Inaugural and liked it, but it didn't work for obvious reasons in this venue. Why?

    1. "My Life" isn't musically emotional enough for this purpose.

    2. Solo guitar and voice while touching does not make the strongest underscore – they had a full orchestra, they should have used it.

    3. The cutting of the film was fair. I'm a corporate video producer, I don't have the fame of Steven Spielberg and his likes, but how is it that I could have cut this better? Hmmm, not trying to be immodest, it's not that I'm brilliant, but this was simply poorly cut.

    4. Live director clearly had the wrong initial shot since his wide shot missed the opening Patrick Swayze piece.

    5. Michael Jackson is mostly a musical star. They'll have to decide, do they put people into this memorial piece because it increases ratings or because they are honoring film executives and stars. If the former, they could have added people, if the latter, they could have added people. They erred on both counts.

    6. Maybe it's just me, but I'm always underwhelmed by the Oscars. How could an event (and event production is the key thing I do) with so much potential be so underwhelming? I just simply do not get it.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Kari

    To say that there was not enough room for one more but to include someone who was not even a member of the academy was simply wrong. I think the Academy should not only formally apologize to the family and the public but should do a special tribute next year to her lifetime achievement and humanitary attributes. Shame on them!

    March 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Erin O'Brien

    Farrah & Bea deserved to be included. Michael not so much. Not classy of the Acedemy.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Naomi

    This was a major boo boo, really, I think, they just forgot, they really do need to do something to make up for it. Put something on their website, just something. It would be so much better to apologize, than say – not every one can be acknowledged – that just makes it worse.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  113. RachelR

    It was bad enough that I sat through what was arguably the most tedious and boring Oscar-cast ever, but the Academy then snubs Farrah in favor of Michael Jackson – it's a travesty! True, her forte was definitely TV and the made for TV movie, but her filmography is fairly extensive – don't forget "Sunburn." Rest in peace – Farrah. Your fans won't forget you!

    March 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  114. JJ

    I am outraged the Oscars had the audacity and arrogance to judge Farrah's lifetime work and accomplishments in film and T.V. as unworthy of even a mention. Her courage and bravery in making the Burning Bed all by it self is reason enough to honor her. Surly some of the time used of 20 some camera cuts to a totally bored and irritated Clooney or a "laughing at the ceiling" Meryl Streep could have been used to mention and honor Farrah. Heck, if we could ask M.J. I bet he would have demanded 1/2 his time go to Farrah. You know, all the Oscars had to do was say they made a mistake ( we all do you know) and apologize to the family and we could all put this behind us. But their arrogance would never let them do that, instead they rather let the family bear this insult by throwing salt on the wound. How small can you get!

    March 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  115. CB

    She should have been included before Michael Jackson. Maybe they'll remember her at the Grammys and leave him out. Oh I can already hear all the outrage.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |

    To: can't you read? Farrah was in 16 theatrical releases, not only in your living room.
    Get your facts strait before you go off shushing people.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  117. peter

    How about addressing it on CNN and other media channels?
    This is a good start... front and center on
    Then maybe a short 3 second flash during advert time for a couple of days, and a 1 or 2 minute in memoriam segment during the week.
    In sum, these will get more attention and pay more tribute than the Oscar flash would have done.
    ... and yes, it was just wrong of them to omit her during the ceremonies 🙁

    March 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  118. DKK

    Very disappointed in the 'in memoriam' segment. In addition to Farrah Fawcett, others failed to be included were Bea Arthur and Richard Todd – veteran of such movies as The Dambusters, The Virgin Queen, The Hasty Heart (for which he was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor) and The Longest Day.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  119. carolyn

    do it right.. All or none. Bea Arthur was a movie actress. Ricardo Monteblan, a movie actor

    March 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Fritz

    Quite a shame, what they did to Farrah; perhaps even more so to her family. CNN will never come out and admit it, like this post will never be posted, but they cover their own, and let the rest, meaning ANY controversial subject, alone. All you have to do is watch their afternoon news..................morning with John and Kiran is great for a quick up-to-date-out-the-door kind of news; nothing in-depth, but enough to inform you of the day's/evening's activity.

    Not sure who monitors these postings, but I doubt they have any ,ilitary experience, real world experience, or just getting your hands dirty experience. My assumption is that they are all newly graduated, or close to graduating, students who want to "make it" in the news world". If I'm correct, take your lessons from those in the field: they are the only one's to speak from experience AND knowledge.

    Quick: when did the Khmer Rouge seize power?

    Your answer: the who???????

    March 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  121. denise

    The "academy" should redeem this unforgiveable crime by completely backing and organizing a live fundraising tribute to "Farrah"
    with guest appearances by her closest colleages, friends and loved ones, WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING WHERE SHE WOULD WANT THEM TO GO CANCER RESEARCH!!!


    March 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Sammy Carr

    They indeed needed to mention Michael Jackson's death. His impact on the world of entertainment was unrivaled by any other entertainer. He did indeed act and perform and write and entertain!

    Ms. Farrah was a nice person and a minor actress not to be compared with a man (Michael Jackson) who will live on for hundreds of years!

    So people, grow up. The academy devoted a few minutes for the respects and then they moved on. There were many more people who worked in film that died and were not mentioned.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  123. JoAnn

    There is a time and place for everything. Michael Jackson was an icon for the music industry, not someone that should have been included in the Oscar presentation. Farrah was an actress, no matter what people though of her performances, she was an actress. It would make no sense to have her mentioned at a music awards leave her out to mention Michael is a travesty beyond words. At the end of the day, the Academy owes that classy lady an apology of epic proportions. Her struggles and how she handled her disease was with grace and copious amounts of dignity. Not a 3 ring circus like someone else...... shame on the Academy. Personally, I may never take them seriously again.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Bill K

    I guess that the academy simply wanted to honor pedophiles (Michael J) instead of an actress worthy of being mentioned. Just goes to show you how low the production is willing to stoop to for a few ratings.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  125. L.J.

    Putting MJ in over Farrah was pure Hollywood B.S. I am still reeling over the snub of John Candy when he was dissed by the Academy. Albeit, his passing was close to the ceremony and while he was not an Oscar class actor, there are darn few of us that didn't think he should have been mentioned for something in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. So, sorry Farrah, even here you were not the first.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  126. POP poop

    The Oscars have fallen along the way of everything else 🙁 POP goes the weasel.

    It's unforgivable. There is no splaining that can justify the mistake of not including Farah Fawcett in the Academy Awards Memoriam. She was (is) a film industry icon, her light and talent burned in millions of hearts. Period. She should've been up there. Period. She was a working, consummate dedicated artist.

    I love Michael Jackson but the fact that he was up there and Farrah wasn't is indication of what's happening to the culture ...the lines are being blurred between what was once quality, bringing everything down to POP.

    POP goes the weasel.

    For all pop merchants who think $ales justifies pulling down or invading other camps... BOO on you. You can see the resulting ignorance...people who have no clue bout nuthin cept the latest POP. Goes the weasel.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Jenny

    Why can't the academy just simply apologize? It would be better for everyone involved.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Wabbit

    It had to be some oversight they will refuse to admit.
    Didn't see it myself, but know she was excluded by the outrage afterward. Perhaps a better good will come from all of this.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Emery

    Farrah deserved an Oscar for Robert Duval's wife in The Apostle.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Teresa

    I didn't watch the Academy Awards and make it a rule to avoid them every year. To me they exemplify meaningless good-ole-boy back slapping and very unimportant in the larger picture when considering the challenges faced daily by people of our world. That being said I do watch the news and quite frankly I was appalled to learn that the Academy "over-looked" Ms. Fawcett in their tribute. If the Academy is going to do a tribute for those in the entertainment business that have passed on it should be all inclusive. Shame on them. As for Mr. Jackson, to much energy and speculation has been put into him by the media and he should be left to rest in peace.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  131. TPP

    Michael Jackson appeared in a motion picture, The Wiz, while Farrah only appeared in made-for-TV movies, and was therefore, left out.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  132. karyn

    One of her best performances was in "The Apostle" opposite Robert Duval. This movie alone rates her being included in the memorial tribute.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Linda

    There is no excuse. someone dropped the ball on this one. A public apology to her family, friends and fans is needed. But, I doubt we will see one.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  134. hal

    The awards come and go ....Farrah will last for ever!!
    She IS the candle of light for many many respectful people.
    God has her in his arms and I am sure they are smiling down on all this make believe self back patting of holly wood and it's Oscars....or should I say .... scars of entertainment.!!

    March 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Alex G

    Comparing Michael to Farrah is like comparing apples to Filet Mignon (medium rare) cooked by Wolfgang Puck half-naked while singing "Mahi Mahi" from Sesame Street.

    Farrah was snubbed, but don't involve Michael in the conversation. Her one season of Charlie's Angels does not compare to anything MJ ever did.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  136. jp

    I do not believe that this is an either or proposition. This ideas that you attack the memory of MJ because the Oscars made a boneheaded ommission is quite silly. Both MJ and Farrah, and for that matter any icons, actors and actresses of note we lost should have been included

    March 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  137. kathy

    micheal jackson was child mol................... .
    he always remeber... like a HERO.
    where this world is going . thank you OSCAR

    March 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  138. miama99

    I agree. MIchael was a musician. Farrah was an actress. not one of our better ones, but certainly one of our better known ones, and as popularity is the heart and soul of that business, i can't imagine her not being deserving of that honor.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Tony

    Michael Jackson should not have been on there... it was the wrong forum. Farrah should have been. It's just that simple.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Lori

    How can the academy pass over a talented actress who made her brave fight with cancer public in order to inspire & educate over a mediocre musician known mostly for his bizarre behavior & who died being injected by a potent drug because he couldn't sleep? Doesn't seem right.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  141. gabluefox

    I am not going to lie. I was at Spirit Camp when I saw the news hit about Farrah Fawcet and was upset. Then I was more upset with Jackson "died" because I thought he was doing an "Elvis" publicity stunt and trying to take what Farrah had away!
    So for the Academy not to show her was more travesty than Avatar not winning!

    March 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  142. letigreLSU

    I was quite shocked and frankly, confused to see that Farrah was not included in the Oscar's tribute Sunday night. Did the Academy think that no one would notice? That the viewing public would "understand" that they didn't have enough air time to honor an American icon who battled with cancer for 3 years? Oh, that's right, they needed that precious air time to feature a clip of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin donning Snuggies on the sofa. Come on Academy... you should've know better than to make such a faux pas.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Miley

    Either don't do the "In Memoriam" section at all or list everyone in alpa order. Dah!

    March 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Angel1

    Leaving Farrah out of the memoriam was totally uncalled for...and so is the Michael bashing. Farrah deserved to be recognized for all the talented work she has done, and the couragous life she lived. It is the people who put together the Oscar's memoriam that messed things up...not Michael Jackson. He is no longer with us just like Farrah, and niether one of them had a choice in what happened at the Oscar's. So why do so many people want to bash Michael Jackson because he was included? All the bad talk about Michael and the Oscar's doesn't make sense to me...but leaving Farrah out was extremely disrespectfu!

    When Farrah and Michael passed away the media decided to pick and choose who received the most coverage. I do not feel Farrah received her fair share at all, but she is in Heaven now without pain. GOD bless them both!!

    March 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  145. hannah

    Bea Arthur was a movie actress. She played Vera Charles in Mame and was in History of the World, Part II.

    As far as Avatar being snubbed, it wasn't. Just because it earned more than any other movie doesn't make it better. Quality over quantity.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Paula Corapi

    I thought it unfair that Brittany Murphy was included and Farrah Fawcett was not. Although her death was sad, Ms. Murphy was a relative new comer, and she had only a minor impact on the entertainment field. Ms. Fawcett contribution was certainly more significant.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  147. db

    They can't include everyone? It would have taken an extra 5 seconds to include her. The dummies screwed up.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Laura

    I agree completely that Farrah should have been there, and Bea Arthur, but I don't mind that Michael Jackson was included – I loved The Wiz, and he was well-cast and did a fine job.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  149. David Love

    Not to take anything away from Farrah but Michael Jackson was honored as an Academy Award nominated singer.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  150. LisaH

    Farrah was great but MIcheal Jackson was greater. Michael was a global icon. You can't compare the two.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Joseph

    M Jackson wasn't an actor, so why include him? Farrah, and Bea were TV stars. Now if they omitted someone directly associated with film that would seem incorrect.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Sammy

    Truly ridiculous – I think they made a major mistake and don't have the grace to admit it; instead they are making it worse by saying she did not make the cut. I am not a huge Fawcett fan, but under what possible criteria could MJ have made a bigger contribution to film than Fawcett?

    March 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  153. sharon

    she was a TV personality. She really didn't give to the silver screen. Michael's music did. Everyone else pertained to movies. Farah was famous for Charlie's Angels and Bionic Woman. Made for TV movie Burning Bed. Not much else.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Ginger

    I was DEVASTATED. She was my idol growing up... It really broke my heart that they didn't include her. ...I'll never forgive the Oscars. ...that's it – I'm done. I wanna know who exactly made the decisions to have which stars memorialized – and why.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Bob

    Given Hollywood's unwavering support of Roman Polanski, it only makes sense that they would still honor another child rapist

    March 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  156. ht

    Isn't the producer of the Academy Awards a cousin of the med tech who leaked the info about Farrah's cancer?

    March 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Karen

    I am really, really, really in the minority in our celebrity-struck nation. Of course all of those in movies who died this year are mourned by their families and close friends, and they should be.

    But I don't mourn them personally - how can I? I neither knew nor "loved" any of them. I may have enjoyed the roles they played, liked their professional work - but mourn them? No - no more than the billions of humans who have died over during the approximately 30,000 years there have been homo sapien sapiens.

    I do, however, mourn my close and beloved family members, friends and pets who have died during my lifetime.

    I am saddened by the millions and millions of cruel, needless and tragic deaths that take place each year all over the world.

    But I must confess that the deaths celebrities don't move me. I think there many much more worthy people living and dying in this world than celebrities.

    So many celebrities are mean-spirited, selfish, self-indulgent, spoiled, ego-ridden and just plain stupid. Many are vulgar, obscene, degraded, and vile.

    I would be much more likely to mourn deeply for a young woman struggling to feed, shelter, and clothe her children in one of the many hell holes of the world, or mourn a young father who lost his life fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan even though I think it are futile and un-winable wars.

    What shallow, bovine, and ignorant people we are as a culture and a nation.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  158. perplexed

    The Oscars have made a major mistake by not honouring Bea Arthur and Farrah Fawcett. Bea Arthur did a little of everything that is Hollywood (Stage/Screen/TV)....her decades of work left behind are evidence of her great work. As for Farrah....she was one of the first female action stars and contributed a few classic movies.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  159. John

    Okay, I take that all back, I just re-read the article, and Farrah was in several more movies. She should have been included, but I can't also think of several other movie actors that could have been included, including my old acting teacher Joe Maross - a character actor in many big movies of the 1950's.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Skee Hee

    And just where was Henry Gibson.
    His role in the Blues Brothers was great
    as it was in Nashville.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Reid

    I dont begrudge MJ being included in the memorium, and thats not what this is about. This is about a terribly hurtful snub to Farrah, her family and friends, and her millions of adoring fans. Farrah may not have always made the wisest choices throughout her career, but regardless, she was a Stage, TV AND Film star, one who deserved recognition and respect. The fact that Farrah was so deliberately snubbed by the academy is a disgrace and an embarassment to the industry. Its sad enough that we lost her so soon. The academy's decision in this instance was just mean spirited and cruel.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Voice of Reason

    I would like all of you who are truly upset about this to examine your own lives and figure out what is missing in it. Farrah was at best a B-rated actress who was only famous because of her destrcutive personal life. Name one non-TV movie she made where her performance meant anything. As to why Michael Jackson was listed is...because the Acadmey would have been crucified in the press for leaving him out. It wasn't respect for him, it was for not wanting to deal with the fallout of leaving him off any list of notables who died last year.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  163. I love movie/tv

    The Oscars are about movies, they should have put Farrah in the memoriam instead of MJ it will make more senses. They need to focus on Movies/television for this or just forget about it if they "cannot include everyone"!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Darla

    I was saddened that Farrah was not honored along with the others who passed away in 2009. She was certainly as recognizable as a star as any of the others who were honored. I hope she is resting in peace.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  165. John

    The Oscars are about the movies, not television (series or MOWs) or the music industry. Farrah was on one season of a TV show thirty years ago, did a couple of Movies of the Week, had a tiny part in LOGAN'S RUN, and co-starred in a totally forgettable sci-fi movie with Kirk Douglas. At least Jackson had a prominent role in one pseudo-classic motion picture, THE WIZ.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Stacy M. Jackson

    They even had Ron Silver and his body hadn't even gotten cold yet! He died that same day and he was at the end of the group of photos. I also noticed a few more that were missing but yes they should have included Farrah most definitely.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  167. carrie

    I was actually a bit puzzled when they included M Jackson, and said to my husband that he was not an actor and I thought it strange he was included but until I heard about Farrah I really did not notice the slight , but it was a very bad fauz pas.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Patricia

    It is an "Entertainment" industry and that may be why we saw so many people who were not specifically actors or actresses but had another role in the industry itself. I do think that Farrah should have been included in the memorandum but they did not consult me. I was glad to see Michael included though as an entertainer, they certainly made and continue to make enough money from his life's work. He earned the honor as did Farrah.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Rob

    They've also recently forgotten Dan Lafontaine -THE voice of most film trailers for several decades.

    Ricardo Montalban also comes to mind.

    They also notably last year forgot DeForest Kelley -Dr. McCoy from Star Trek as well as numerous westerns.

    Very sad that they can't sort their list out better. Sure.. big producers, writers deserve to make this list too.. but how can they miss so many big film icons?

    March 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Mike

    Michale Jackson was a child molester. He should have died in prison.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Di

    Ask Robert Duvall, who wrote, directed and starred in "The Apostle" with Farrah what he thought about her talent. You can find his comments if you care to.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  172. sue

    Everyone knows who she was and it wasn't for a non entertainment affliation, except maybe her cancer which she used her celebrity for to bring awareness to the disease. Need I say more?

    March 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Jay in L.A.

    Regarding the whole argument that they didn't have time to list long on average did each passing star get? 4-5 seconds? Maybe a little more? OK, you can't tell me they couldn't squeeze an extra 8-10 seconds in to honor Farrah and Bea Arthur. The bigger joke here is they cling to the time factor excuse, yet they'll expand the Best Picture category by five, knowing full well that six of the ten really had NO chance of winning. How much time did they waste plugging 5 extra movies? They could have simply dropped one of the ten ("Up" comes to mind; as it was destined to win Best Animated anyway – no need for a dual nod). There, I just gave you at least an extra minute, minute and change to salute at least two forgotten Hollywood mainstays. Jeez, how hard was that???

    March 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  174. rachele

    Bea Arthur was left out?! She was Maude, for the love of Pete!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Steve

    I don't give much weight to the Academy Awards anyways but Farah should definitely have been included in this memorium. As far as the oscars are concerned, they are often a good gauge for what not to watch with few exceptions.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Don

    " BY THE WAY, MJ WAS NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR IN 1973 FOR HIS SONG 'BEN' " – er, he didn't write the song, and he wasn't nominated for it, although he did sing it in the film.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Karoline

    Will everyone PLEASE stop bad mouthing Michael Jackson, already!! Including him in the tribute has absolutely nothing to do with the over sight of Farrah Fawcett. Someone made a mistake in not including Farrah in the tribute, but please leave Michael Jackson out of it. He had nothing to do with who was included or over looked.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Joseph

    Fame being the criteria, seriously who is more famous Britany Murphy or Fawcett? While i don't support one over the other, i do feel that Fawcett should have been mentioned. She was a great actress. This was a grave oversight by the Academy. But really, why wouldn't MJ be mentioned? Pls, he was the epitome of FAME!!! And what happened to the principle of "innocent till proven guity"? MJ was acquitted REMEMBER? Give it a brk pls.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Steve

    I remeber the day when Farah and Michael died, Farah was all over the place until Michael died, then any news on Farah disappeared and it was strongly Michael for 3 weeks.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  180. buke56

    The academy snubbed Stephen Spielbergs movie Schindlers List for purely personal reasons (as they did so many times before & after), but it wasnt until the Academy caught a backlash from the global community when they were condemned for not giving Spielbergs masterpiece about the Holocaust its due. So to make up for it they gave best actor award to Roberto Beginnini (sorry for the misspelling)for his comedic role in a bad imported film from Italy about a father & son imprisoned in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Duh! The Academy is fake and snubbing Farrah Fawcett, a thespian who turned out an ignored Oscar winning performance for her role in Extremeties (a sleeper hit) was better than any acting gig Jackson ever took on. Still Jackson was a bigger celebrity so by giving him an Oscar the Academy believes it gives the Academy Awards style & class. Duh! It doesnt

    March 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Brenda

    I was appalled that Farrah was left off of the Oscar's 'In Memorian'. There were people honored that no one had even heard of! I feel bad for her family who I am sure misses her terribly. MJ should not have even been a part of the Oscar show at all. I did notice that when his picture was shown, the audience was silent, unlike when true actors graced the screen and there were cheers! Obviously others in the audience felt the same way!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Janet L.

    Farrah Fawcett made plenty of movies and deserved a mention at the Oscars, especially if Michael Jackson got one. The Academy flubbed on this big time. The important thing is that those of us who love and miss Farrah remember her in our hearts rather than just during an awards show. She was a brave woman.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Bob Ryan

    Acadamy awards are Film and Movie awards.
    It is not a TV or Music awards show. Farrah and Michael J. may have
    been in one or two films but that was not their life. The Emmy's or Grammy's are their Venu. As Farrah was a TV icon not a Movie icon and Michael J. we know was a musical legend.
    They both had fame and fortune ... so lets not split hairs.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  184. sick of MJ

    I am sick of MJ already, when this guy died you would have thought that christ had died again or we lost another president, give me a break already, he was talented but also a child molesting freak who liked to play with little boys and continuously mutilated his body and was so sick that he denied getting plastic surgery , lest we forget all the money he spent like a spoiled child on " Neverland " bla bla, enough already he did not belong at the oscars, Farah should have been acknowledged...

    enough said....

    March 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Ingrid

    I don't believe anyone is trying to bash MJ's death but his contribution to the film industry was next to nothing. I was a fan of Farrah and MJ. Her good looks weren't her only asset, she was a great actress and she definitely deserved to be paid homage to at the Oscars. MJ had plenty of dedication at almost every music award show because he was a phenomonal musician and Farrah deserved to be mentioned at a film industry awards show because she was a phenomonal actress.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Ann Marie Lynch

    They had to include Michael Jackson because he is black. The white woman ranks very low on the totem pole of life now. The Burning Bed was significant at its time for bringing light to the cause of domestic violence. That means more to me than the King of Pop who molested children. The Academy should be ashamed of themselves for excluding Farah, it takes two seconds to show a photo for someone.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Patty

    Who cares? Farrah was a TV star never did much in the movies.
    She is dead and gone. How many times do we have to memorialize people?!?!? May she rest in peace. Must have been outsted Ryan who started all this commotion!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  188. BigAZSteele

    Simply put Farrah was not the ICON Michael Jackson was. I do agree that she should not have been overlooked

    March 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Nancy

    The writer of this article is none other than CNN Entertainment Senior Producer David Daniel and he ignores or just snubs (like the academy did with Farrah) the fact that Michael Jackson was an Oscar nominee as well as the Greatest Entertainer of All Times, and once you get that honor it stays with you forever!!!! get your information correct mister before poisoning some weak people's mind!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Jo

    I know it's the actor and their work that's being recognized, but still, they remember to include David Carradine who died from autoerotic asphyxiation, but they forget Farrah, who after a long and courageous battle succumbed to cancer. I don't get it.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Emma

    Farrah should have been there. The wonderful Bea Arthur, too! The Academy needs to offer an apology and some kind of restitution.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Ed

    Michael Jackson was a total freakoid. His music was awesome, but as a human, he was way down on the food chain. Farah should definitely have overshadowed him and some of the others on the list.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Yomama

    I cant believe how many people really care... Or is this just another reason for you to spout off.. If you truly take notice there were others are well them missed but yet they showed many who were never in front of the camera.. Someone didn't get their payoff I guess.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Jack Shea

    Someone said they didn't care for the song played? It's a Beatles song for God sake! It was flawless! Some people....

    March 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Martini007

    I'm sorry but not putting Farah Fawcett in the tribute was very disrespectful. the next day when i went to read online about why they didn't include her was because there wasn't enough time. Are you serious? so i went to check on youtube to see how much time a person got.... 3-4 seconds...... so tell me there really wasn't 3 -4 seconds to add Farah Fawcett???

    March 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Jackie Gervais

    Stars who primarily worked in TV like Farrah generally don't get acknowledged – Ed McMahon, Bea Arthur, and even Richardo Montalban (KHAN!) didn't make the cut for that reason. Not sure why MJ was included as he wasn't an actor, but that doesn't mean Fawcett deserved to be..

    March 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Paul

    People that dis Michael are just cold. He was a tortured but gifted guy. He gave us art on a scale far beyond what Farrah Fawcett delivered. C'mon people. Michael Freakin' Jackson was an artistic genius. End of story. actor or not, he impacted all of us for decades.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Reader

    Someone said Peter Boyle was left off... well, he passed in 2006, I remember him being recognized then... hard to believe it was that long ago.
    Farrah should have been included. I was surprised Michael Jackson was included, based on his contribution to film was minute.
    I didn't really care for how they did it this year in general. I did not like the wide shots of James Taylor with the screen in the background. That part of the show was not about him, but the people on the screen. They should have kept focus on that instead.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Judy

    The Academy forgot about Farrah's death. Big mistake.
    Case closed.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  200. DontBeSoJudgemental

    Someone with influence on the level of Michael Jackson will be mentioned in any tribute for any type of, movies, television. However to leave out someone like Farrah Fawcett is insane.
    Also, in regards to Michael would be smarter to do your research on the allegations that came his way before you let the media do it for you. You may actually be surprised in what you find.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Debbie

    A definite faux pas. Shame on the Academy. Michael Jackson was a fine musical performer, but not an actor. What were they thinking???

    March 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Louis

    Wow! Do some people here really ignore that movies are made with the help of many different professionals? Such as: writers, directors, producers, actors, musicians, scenographers, engineers, choreographers, etc, etc, etc. It's amazing that after all these years the only thing you see are the actors! where do you think the music comes from, or the special effects, or the rooms, or the make up???? All those professionals have to be acknowledge when they pass away, specially by his peers which are in the Academy of Arts and Science! Get over it, this is harming Farrah's legacy more that benefitting it!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Judy west

    The Academy forgot about Farrah's death. Big mistake.
    Case closed.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Tracy

    I'm really confused about why we are comparing Farrah to Michael. It shouldn't matter that Michael Jackson was on the list and Farrah wasn't. The fact is that there was a serious omission and someone seriously dropped the ball. If Michael Jackson had not been mentioned, Farrah STILL wouldn't have been on the list. What makes everyone think the decision came down to either putting Michael or Farrah in the video?

    March 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Robert Posey

    Farrah should have been on the list for Logan' Run if nothing else, but the idea that she even remotely compares to Michael Jackson in stardom is just wrong. Of course she did more movies, but MJ was one of the biggest stars of any type in the 80's. However, if the Oscars weren't so insanely time obcessed this year, they could have included both. Dump the horrible dance acts, why on earth do they waste time with this garbage since they are always so bad.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Hank

    I can't believe that this is even a discussion. Absent any information that Farrah was purposefully "snubbed," is this really news? C'mon folks, don't we all (me included) have something better to talk about? This says more about the state of our news media than it does about The Academy or anything else....

    March 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Gerri

    I think both Michael AND Farrah deserved to be mentioned.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Louise Roderman

    I thought it was blatantly rotten. Farrah was a genteel lady and a beautiful woman and her demise deserved a lot more coverage than the media gave it, but as usual, the media goes for the big blast. However, this time, they just about over blasted themselves because people got so sick of seeing nothing but Michael Jackson every time they turned their TVs on that they were skipping to other channels to get away from it.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Sheliah

    After reading these comments, I am sure the Academy will correct their errors next year! A human error must have happened....

    In the meantime, STOP the Michael Jackson...bashing. It is beginning to sound racist...rather than "research-based"... Michael Jackson DESERVED to be included as did Farrah and several others.....


    March 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  210. jujumn

    I believe that it was a ball-drop, they should admit to it. They simply overlooked her in their zeal to get on the Michael Jackson bandwagon and now are backpeddling with "not enough time to include everyone" excuses. Although she is primarily remembered for Charlie's Angels on TV, she did act in a pretty long list of movies, hence she should have been included. Bea Arthur, Ed McMahon primarily were TV actors, although they may have had a few film roles thus the Emmys are a more appropriate tribute venue.
    Whether MJ was or wasn't included isn't relevant- Farrah should have been included either way. If there wasn't time they should have made time. I'm sure the show wouldn't have suffered from a bit less inane dialogue.
    Farrah was a smart, strong, beautiful woman who chose to record the hardest part of her life so that perhaps others could benefit from it. How she doesn't qualify when a self-indulgent, drug-abusing, alleged pedophile (albeit a talented one) with virtually no film credits to his name does, I'll never know. It's just one more thing that errodes away any credibility the Oscars once had...

    March 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Mitch

    We can thank that last sentence to focus the hundreds of people replying here to think of Michael Jackson. Why not just ignore this and consider the stupidity of the Oscar's exclusion?

    There would be no outcry if they had just done their job and included those who deserved to be remembered. Say what your enraged PMS is whispering to you all you want, but Michael Jackson deserved to be listed. Farrah did too, this is not MJ's fault. She just was overlooked.

    Get over this Michael kick and be upset for the real issue, not the fabricated one put forth by the article.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Mike in Indianapolis

    The omission was incomprehensible. And to include Michael Jackson and not her! Huh?

    March 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  213. M3g

    Last year was such a sad year all around the industry. So many tragic deaths.... I would like to see the Academy and all other "awards" shows take a moment to realize that all of the individuals that passed on were humans just like the rest of us. Don't we all deserve to be mentioned? Moving on, I am disappointed in the Academy for not adding Farah to the list; at the same time I have to take a step back and look at it from their perspective. If they didn't feel she was important enough to mention, then so be it. I mean, who are we to decide, we're just the majority of the Nation...right?

    March 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Ms. Gia

    For all of you who are upset because Farrah was not included in the memoriam clips: That was not Michael Jackson's fault. There are several people of note who were "left out" of the tribute. So why are you all only comparing Farrah to the fact that Michael Jackson was included? People will not let this man rest in peace. I read in another discussion forum that if people could find a way to blame the earthquakes or the changes in weather patterns on Michael Jackson, they would.

    All of you haters...get over it and have a nice day. Put a little love in your heart. Try doing your part to help heal the world and make it a better place for eveyone. L.O.V.E. ♥

    ~ Gia ~

    P. S. Rest in peace Michael, Farrah, Patrick, Bea, and all the wonderful people who entertained us with their talents. Whether or not they were "remembered" at the Oscars, they will always be remembered in the hearts of many of their fans.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  215. R.M. Ross

    Shame on the oscar producers/staff who failed to include Ms. Faucett's demise. She was as much a part of Hollywood as many others who were mentioned.The response that they cannot include everyone is ludicrus especially if you are just addressing the "most notables". She was one of the "most notables" to have ever hit the big screen or other works in the business, and certainly one of THE most recognized faces in show business.It was just shamful to do this to her family,friends,fans and those she worked with.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Vera Mae

    It shouldn't matter if these people get their name on the ground, wall, etc. But what does and will matter is that they got them on the heavenly roll. Man don't have a hell or heaven to put nobody in.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  217. NELSON D

    Shame on you Academy!. They've no excuse for not including Farrah Fawcett, I like MJ music, but he doesn't deserved to be included. Shame on you Academy!!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Jill

    I always make sure to watch this portion of the show – some of the other "funny" sections could be cut. Show all or none. Farrah & Bea should have been there, not Michael. I like all of them though.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  219. JT

    Its really sad how people keep trashing Michael as if he was responsible for Farrah being left out, I definitely think she should have been included but to spew hate with stupid unfounded child molestion accusations against Michael is unfortunate. Unless you were their in the bedroom and know first hand that he was a child molester, shut your mouth and stop the hate.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Alecia

    They do owe her and her family an apology. Was it an oversight? Was it intentional? Wonder if she was consider but cut from the list. I am shocked. Very very very wrong of them to do this to her. They shoud be ASHAMED!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Todd

    The Academy blew it !! Even though Farrah may not have been the best actress she was well loved. Not everyone can have a-list movie credits to their name. Even though MJ had 1 staring role in a movie during his short life, he was a musician, not an actor. Does that mean any actor who sang can be honored in a memorial during the Grammy Awards?

    Sorry, but after this I have given up on all award shows.. To much politics involved. It takes away for truly honoring those that deserve it.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  222. JEREMY C.C.,TX.

    As a fellow Texan, I grew up in the same town and went to the same high school as her. I was shocked the academy did not include her in the ceremony. Hollywood is Hollywood no matter what you do weather it be on television or the silver screen. She was one of the most decent and kind-hearted actresses that Hollywood ever had. I was hoping she would have been saved for last but imagine my shock when I didn't see her at all. C'mon Academy...ACT like you know what you are doing and don't forget the great people that made Hollywood great.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  223. mimz

    They didn't have time to add Farrah or Bea Arthur but still managed to re-live every movie up for an Oscar, over and over?

    March 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Keith

    James Taylor was the wrong choice. The song was ok, but how about just plain old SILENCE while the memoriam plays on the screen so we can hear the audience reactions? No sound for a minute or two would have much more impact & pay respect.
    As for Farrah, she should have been included out of respect for her contributions, and respect for her family. Shame on the Academy for that. But Farrah's in a better place now and won't care anyway. As for M Jackson; he should not have been included in a motion picture memoriam; the guy was in the music biz. And a pedophile to boot....

    March 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Kris

    First of all, no, Michael Jackson was not nominated for an Oscar for "Ben" or any other song.

    Secondly, Peter Boyle died in 2006, which is why he wasn't included.

    Finally, my first reaction to the end of the montage was, "WHERE was Farrah?" She was in 11 feature films! Michael Jackson was in one. They could have easily included both of them.

    Shame on them for leaving her out!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  226. CHERYL

    I am with everyone else/totally appalled that two beautiful women were excluded.bea arthur and farrah.i believe that if you intended to do this tribute then you should have damn well made sure all the ducks were in a row/and had everyone this past year included/maybe the thing the bi wigs could do to redeem themselves is have a beautiful tribute for all of our beloved stars that have passed and give them all a little more that a quick picture flash/show some real respect for those that help make the industry what it is and will always be.
    I love movies ,tv and all that goes with watching the people that make me cry,laugh and just have fun.suck it up and do the right thing,do right by those that have passed.
    thanks for letting me give my opinion
    cheryl hall of Buxton,Me

    March 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  227. betty

    I didn't watch this part of the show, but heard about them leaving Farrah out. I thought that was awful. She was the best actress, and they should have remembered her in this show. She was a wonderful person! They should make a statement to show how wrong they were in leaving her out.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Moving on...

    The only people who should feel slighted are Farrah's family. Clearly the writer of this article is a MJ hater and was just "Wanna be Starting Something" to keep the whole MJ hater embers alive. I didn't even catch that she wasn't mentioned, but I have always been a fan of her work. May they all rest in peace no matter if they were mentioned in some highly televised memorium or not. Let's all move on, shall we?

    March 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Anastasia

    Excluding Farrah was indeed another sad example of how the Academy just keeps missing the boat ....... no wonder people are turning off Hollywood..... oi!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Berta

    I don't feel Michael Jackson should have been included. He is not a member. I think the Academy owes Farrah Fawcett and her family a huge apology. How rude of them to exclude her because she wasn't on the front page. They didn't feel she was worthy. How sad to think that even in death the politics are still the deciding factor.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  231. doug

    Michael probably had a bigger impact on the SAG, even if just through his music and influence in the community. Farrah, sorry Farrah fans, was only popular because of her looks. She added absolutely nothing to the movie industry, and probably nothing to the SAG. MJ's influence over the masses has helped music and dance movies flourish. Perhaps his family made a large donation to the SAG as well.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Marla

    As always Farrah's shameful snub seems to be Michael Jackson's fault!!! but you people (including the writer of this article) seem to forget that Mr. Jackson was an Oscar nominee back in 1973 for his song Ben, therefore he will always be entitled to be included in anything the academy sees fit. Those who do not agree with this go suck and egg!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  233. kayaker247

    academy fail plain and simple.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Jane

    It was a huge oversight to leave Farrah out, and a blunder to include Michael Jackson. However, I thought the presentation was tastefully done. In My Life is my all-time favourite John Lennon song, and I think James Taylor did a good version of it.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  235. JASON SCHWARTZ on Maui

    I was surprised that Farrah Fawcett was not included in the mentioned stars who had passed away in the last year. Certainly, time constraints means that they can't include everyone, but Farrah had proven herself to be an accomplished actress, and whatever medium she is most remembered for, whatever TV series or movie best reminds us of Farrah, she is JUST THAT-a reminder- a reminder of someone who was a media icon JUST like Michael Jackson- without a doubt, she should be recognized. I salute her talent both onscreen and off, and I commend her openness about the disease that was her demise- her greatness and her memory should be honored in some fashion. I happen to be the director and editor and on-air co-host of a TV series entitled "MAMA Presents... (Maui Arts & Music Association. I hope that those that agree with my sentiments and come to Maui would contact me. I am happy to compile and present a video memoriam to farrah- in this day and age of YouTube and Facebook and more, surely words of rememberance for a woman like her needs to be created.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Holly

    Neither belong. Just as so many of the people presenting/attending the awards do not belong. Miley Cirus? Please.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Tafari

    Honestly, I forgot she died. Micheal's death was bigger & more bad! And that's bad as in good.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Greg

    I think it was obviously a mistake, a huge oversight... there is no other explanation... but the academy producers in all their hubris will never admit it, and compound it with their explanation that not everyone can be included. I mean they even gave platform to Milk Dud, Jeff Spicoli who admitted he is not even a member of the Academy, so what else could it be other than a stupid, stupid, stupid mistake.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  239. dsoundguy

    Wow! Really? Micheal Jackson but no Farrah? You are joking right? I got nothin' against MJ, but he was NOT an actor. Wonder who the idiot is that made that call? What a terrible "slap-in-the-face" to Farrah and her family. When I was a teenager, I had a Farrah poster in my room as did many other young men at the time. She was a very talented actor. What if Farrah had been mentioned in memorium at the Grammy Awards and they left out Micheal Jackson? It's just uncalled for. What did she ever do to them?

    March 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  240. riri

    When they showed Michael Jackson, my first thought was "WHY?" Then it show a scene from The Wiz and I though ok, guess that's why. But no Farrah? Come on. Fair is fair. Alson, at the beginning, it took me several seconds to reconize Patrick Swayze. Now I know what it must be like sitting in the back of the theatre.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Aaron

    Can all of you just criticize them for who they left out and NOT bad mouth who was included in their list. There is no sense in demeaning those that are dead.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Regina

    Why did you use THAT picture. Would have been an excellent example in a "Horrors of Botox" piece.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Tammy Eva Coughlan

    No class Oscars! They're all a bunch of bird brains, anyways! That's why, I don't watch them anymore! R. I. P., Farrah Fawcett!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Disappointed1

    Farrah -was my Dream since Charles Angels -I don't have any idea or any clue why Oscar showing step mother behavior with our beloved and charming girl Farrah ? All I can say – SHAME SHAME SHAME on You Oscar

    Thank you

    From Jamaica Estates
    New York

    March 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  245. cheryl martin

    They all should have been memorialized.....the fact that the Academy Awards committee people left out Farrah Fawcett,and Bea Arthur and some others who have contributed to television and movies was very disrespectful on their part!!!!! Michael Jackson did contribute in some way through his stories he made out of his music videos..The BIG oversight was the Academy...

    March 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Sandee

    total shock, this was very upsetting to me and my entire family and friends

    March 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Katie

    Farrah should have been included, I noticed immediately that she was missing. I think it was probably a mistake by someone and they don't want to admit it so they're using the excuse that they can't include everyone. Why not? They only showed them for a second, adding a couple seconds to honor people who have passed shouldn't be a big deal. They could have cut a couple seconds off some of the entertainment pieces, they were not that good. I didn't care for the opening piece, who thought of that???

    March 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Gary

    Maybe they are trying not to encourage more people to eschew traditional medicine for the joke that is "holistic medicine". She died because she resisted doing chemo which could have saved her life.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Jen

    I really don't understand America some times. Has everyone forgotten that MJ was accused on different occasions of sexual child abuse? Did we forget that he and his lawyers paid out on different civil suites rather than have it all run in the court system? The media managed to run him out of the country for a few years. Then he comes back and goes back to living in obscurity. As far as I know Farah never molested anyone and was also never accused of it either. She was an actress so it would have been better to give her a wave than a tribute to a man that spent the last ten years hiding from the world because he had become incapable of living in it.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Rick

    The funny/sad part is that anyone gives credibility to the Oscars!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Damian

    Farrah should have been included period. She was actually excellent in both the Burning Bed and Extremities, and received wide critical aclaim for both of those roles. The Academy got this one wrong.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  252. SynRen

    Oh Please! Why turn off Michael's light to make Farrah's shine. His death as nothing to do with her being left out. Someone simply forgot her. What is the big deal? She can't come back. All the attention the Media is paying to the mistake is just as great as a memoriam. R. I. P.
    Farrah Fawcett! There I said it.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Donna

    Unfortunate that Farrah was omitted, she should have been included. But to say that she was as iconic as Michael Jackson is really embellishing it alittle. The body of work of Michael Jackson to Farrah's - there is no comparison. I really liked Farrah but she did not touch the world like Michael Jackson. That was evident from the media coverage in their passing.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Barbara Patterson

    I think it is a cop out on the Academy's part. As I didn't have a problem with Michael Jackson there were several up there that I was like you are kidding. And you leave Farah out. Just one more thing about them I don't like. Almost didn't watch them, but wanted to see Sandra Bullock win.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Mike

    I couldn't believe that Farrah was snubbed. The selection process needs to be reviewed and corrected. Heads should roll on this blunder!!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Steve

    It's not that the Academy "can't include everybody" in the industry that died during the past year in their little montage (because they certainly can); it's that they, like many others as soon as Michael died, simply FORGOT about Farrah. And what makes this oversight worse is that they won't just admit their mistake and apologize to her family and fans.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  257. George

    She should have been included. But her exclusion in this list is actually giving light to her true recognition... look at this blog.. already 1500 comments! She will never be forgotten by her fans and loved ones!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Disappointed

    There is no question that this was a snub. The question is why? I don't think it was a commentary on the quality of her acting, there is something else behind this.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  259. mj

    The Oscars are so political...some of the best movies/actors are snubbed and that's a disgrace. Shame on them, that's why I don't watch them anymore.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Bart

    Farrah was one of the most well known and recognizable faces among american actors, right up there with Patrick. Perhaps here list of awarded movies was lacking but she certainly deserved to be included, as much or more than probably 80% of those who were. BIG mistake.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  261. BoCoNut

    ...and it's adding insult to injury for CNN to use such an unflattering picture of Farrah (clearly displaying the effects of her cancer treatments) when there are so many beautiful ones you could have chosen for this story.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  262. melissa

    i'm sorry, i just posted but now that i'm actually reading through more of these – i really think 90% of the people on this blog need to do some research before posting. michael jackson absolutely deserved to be on because of his oscar history. someone said he once came with madonna and that was it. gosh, it's hard to take comments seriously when peole don't even know what they're talking about. see what you've done oscar? damn you.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Tigerlily

    Everyone is talking about the Academy "snubbed" Farrah but come on... what did she ever do to the Academy that would make them do that on purpose? That makes no sense. It IS kind of lame that they said they can't include everyone... for me it was a who's who of wait-who-the-heck-was-that?

    March 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  264. rachele

    Michael Jackson was "Hollywood" how? He was a stage performer and a musician.I too am tired of hearing about him. I mean please, enough already!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Kim

    Sorry they left out Farrah, what was it she was famous for? Oh thats it her bleached hair and the 2 season of Charlies Angels almost forgot being married to the 6 Milliion Dollar Man Steve Austin. When was the last time she even performed? Who knows?

    Stop beating up Michael Jackson, he is dead and gone and will be missed by the masses. No he should not have been included in the Oscar's no idea why they did it. That was there decision not ours to make.

    For the record there were also others that we did not recognize or understand their contribution but they meant something to the industry. Reality of the matter is that truly isn't worthy of much hoopla!

    When she passed with all honesty it was overshadowed by someone that was much greater than she. Sorry that's life! Realize it and let it go!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Kimberly Fryer

    I was appalled that they did not include Farrah . . . but did Michael. She was so deserving of recognition, if only by photograph, within the Academy Awards and I cannot believe that the Academy will not come out and apologize. They say there are standards to be met in deciding who is in and who is not . . . when you put Farrah Fawcett compared to Michael Jackson and standards . . . how could Farrah not win out? Really makes me think twice about continuing to watch a ceremony that cannot recognize and salute one of their own.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  267. whatgrew

    Farrah definately should have been included in this memorial. No doubt I am a Michael Jackson Fan, but I will be the first to admit that the love for Michael Jackson was a total trend these past months.
    Regardless of who got recognized Sunday night, the lights of both stars will shine on in the hearts of their TRUE fans.
    R.I.P. Farrah
    R.I.P. Michael

    March 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Julie, Denmark

    Farrah definately got snubbed and in my opinion so did Bea Arthur.

    Bea was in the Mel Brooks classic movie "History of the World: Part I", "Mame" (which was nominated for two golden globes back in the day), she played the leading role in an Oscar winning movie "Lovers and Other Strangers".

    I love Michael Jackson and think he deserves all the praise he gets for being a musical genius...the word being MUSICAL. When an actress who has been in the business for more than 6 decades, has been in movies the academy has rewarded with statues and nominations gets left makes you wonder just what it takes to get mentioned? Do you need several Oscars statues on your mantel to be mentioned or do you need to stay away from tv and/or stay away from cheesy tv roles that make you iconic but less of an actress in the eyes of the academy?

    Farrah did deserve to be mentioned too, she was an actress more than Michael Jackson was an actor, and both her and Bea were in todays society Iconic when it came to acting.
    So shame, much much shame on the academy for not mentioning either of them!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Shelby

    Farrah your fabulous and I'll never forget how fabulous your were in the early years with movies like LOGAN'S RUN!!


    March 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Tigerlily

    Nothing against MJ, but I definitely heard the record scratch when I say they included Michael Jackson... I was kinda like hang on... he was a singer, not an actor? But I went with it, figuring he is an American Icon. Farrah was an actress... and she too was an American Icon. So it was just plain strange that they had MJ up there and not Farrah.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Tramell

    Why does this have to be a Michael versus Farrah topic? Neither had anything to do with who was included or not included in the memoriam

    March 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Jennifer

    Why are people attacking Michael Jackson? People are so hateful and judgmental! Why does this have to be a Michael versus Farrah topic? Neither had anything to do with who was included or not included in the memoriam. People are just sick. Just leave the dead alone and put the blame where it belongs if you feel you must blame someone or something for Farrah being snubbed.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  273. HoleHead

    same thing occurred during the grammy's – america's "music" awards memoriam montage – they omitted: Lux Interior (the cramps) & Jay Reatard – unfortunately for them no one made a fuss, or noticed?

    farrah should have taken precedence over michael jackson – no discussion required – it's a no brainer as MJ was a musical icon not an icon of the silver screen

    March 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Maricel

    We love and miss you Farrah!!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  275. j

    Shame on them, I thought the same thing Michael wasn't an actor, Farrah was.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Foursfriend

    The Academy (such a name), always manages to snub certain people. Who knows why? I cannot understand why Farrah Fawcett was snubbed in this manner. There are no excuses or reasons for this except that maybe someone there just plain didn't like her. After all, these awards are all about being liked. Farrah is resting with her Savior and doesn't need the silliness of "awards," at all.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Michael


    How was the Hurt Locker artsy? Independent? Yes... Real? yes...

    Artsy? not so much.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Lori

    I kept waiting for her to come up and then figured she'd be the last one, but nope, she never appeared. Then I started seeing articles on this and felt that at least WE didn't forget her, which is better if you ask me.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Seattle

    –"Michael Jackson was not an actor!"

    riiiight, because in your world only actors get Oscar recognition. that must be news to the 95% of Oscar recipients who aren't actors.

    and last I checked, MJ actually qualified for a SAG card, while you probably don't even know what a SAG card is.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Hollywood Queen

    O_ "SCAR" .....
    A wound in the healing process. All death is sad so get it right...if you want go there.
    Dearest oscar folks.. since you forgot beautiful blonde full of life Farrah Fawcett SHAME!
    David Carradine got kicks in life playing the sex game and died ...but F.F. fought till the last breath to LIVE LIFE! She was a fighter till the end....Bless that girl, she was some thing and deserved to end your show with her smiling .....that silly high speed.... MEMORIAM.. whoever put it together needs to rethink jamming in too much to enjoy and savor. Not all of your guest are 16... maybe just skip them if you can't get it right. Or cut some of your flip flop twirling, spinning, dancing out!
    Bea Arthur makes me laugh just saying her name... where was she... Michael crotch Jackson
    was not a real movie star (lots of videos) but did showed up on the arm of Maddona one year.... Oh.... Man you do have lots of do.....Let's respect the dead and the people watching them!
    May they all rest in peace for after the showing they linger in our minds and hearts for days.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Lynn

    She lit up the screen with her smile and she was a lovely person. She was very brave and showed us how to keep our dignity under difficult circumstances.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Trish

    I personally think both should have been included. If they were concerned over time constraints, they should have made the show longer or went over on time. Perhaps the celebrities could have made one less joke or thanked one less executive. It was total disrespect. I haven't been a fan of Oscars for a while now. I think they focus too much on fashion and the artsy movies that don't even do well in the theater. That was a slap in the face to Farrah. Also, the Patrick Swayze memoriam could hardly be seen. I will likely not watch Oscars again.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  283. wade Johnson

    Overall I have to agree with the majority..Michael Jackson How ever popular or unpopular as he was..He did not fit the criteria of Actor..regardless of the THRILLER wonderful as it was..Sorry MJ,And MJ fans Farrah should have had your spot on the glory train at the Academy awards..She did earn it,But was cheated out of it,But it's not to late to make things rite..A SALUTE is in order for our gone but not forgotten sexy blonde bomb shell known as Farrah Fawcett..We love you honey and you will forever be in our memories...

    March 9, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Lynn

    The Academy screwed-up big time, by leaving Farrah out. I loved JT's rendition of "In My Life". I thought it was beautiful.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  285. cip

    Academy people did not know she died!!

    What a bunch of nincompoops.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Susan

    I feel very disappointed and cheated by the Academy to discover these oversights. I also didn't like the music performance. I thought it diluted the clips. Please, next year (if I watch) may I suggest background silence and all the clips include the actors and the behind the scenes peoples voices wherever possible. Hearing their voices is as moving as seeing their faces.

    Farrah and Bea–how weird you were left out? Look, maybe this tribute piece was for the Academy to pay tribute to their fallen, not for the millions of actor fans around the world? This would explain why it includes so many behind the scenes names I have never heard of. People that mean a lot to the Academy but little to most of us who are invited to watch on TV, or in a theater. Next year I won't watch the show.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Toni

    Why can’t we just say that the Academy made a big mistake in not remembering Farrah Fawcet instead of pointing fingers at other dead artists who was honored as if this was some kind of popularity contest? How gross.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Theresa

    Farrah was one of the first people I thought of when they were doing the memoriam. She was great in The Burning Bed, Extremities..... Not to take anything away from anyone else. But as long as the awards show already tell me they could not add one more name!? She already got snubbed out by Michael Jackson once, but again?

    March 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  289. BigREd60

    if you are going to have a tribute to those that have passed on, then it needs to include EVERYONE, or it should not be done at all. it is easy enough to keep track of those who have passed on.......... not only Farrah was left out, but also Bea Arthur and there were a few others. They Academy obviouly can't make this "right" now, but they should take steps to ensure that it does not happen again.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Miguel

    All I know is that the Oscars this year were terrible! And now, with not mentioning Farrah, the worst Oscars ever!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Margaret S.

    Farrah died right before Michael Jackson, and the media forgot her after that. Farrah was in Charlie's Angels for years and everyone loved her. I did not watch the Oscars, but Farrah should have been mentioned along with Patrick Swayze. Michael Jackson became famous after his death. He lived a miserable life, but his family is reaping the rewards.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  292. Bev

    Leaving Farrah out of the memoriam had NOTHING to do with Michael Jackson. They both deserved to be mentioned. They should have left out one of the behind the scenes "famous people" who no one has ever heard of and got her name and picture in there somewhere!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  293. maryrm

    Michael Jackson was in the Oscars because he contributed as a musician as well as an actor. His Oscar nominated song Ben, that he performed at the Oscars. Get it? Oscars. His theme Will You Be There from the Film Free Willy II. Get it? Film.

    Why don't you ask who was the journalist that no one ever hear of.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  294. woodie

    What a terrible oversight! What doesn't know who Farrah Fawcett was?? Apparently nobody at the Academy! The Academy doesn't seem to know much about it's business.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  295. hcbm1016

    One more thing. I totally agree with Mary Beth. Cut the horror movie stuff.

    I just think that everyone should have been included and they would have time for that if they got rid of some of the other stuff. Regardless, MJ's mention didn't belong at the Oscars.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  296. lucy2

    Farrah and Bea both should have been included, no question, both are Hollywood icons. It would be even nicer if they could include everyone, not just 1/3 of the people.
    I find it ridiculous that for an event honoring the best in film making, they're trying to say they can't possibly think of a way to honor 100 people instead of 30. Ever hear of editing? There are plenty of ways to work up some sort of montage that would fit more people in.
    Even better, cut out the unnecessary stuff like the dance performance, or that random tribute to horror films, and give another few minutes to the memorial tribute.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Lorelord

    "Can't include everyone?" Seriously? That's your excuse? Michael Jackson was not an iconic ACTOR/ACTRESS like Farrah you block heads!!! He was a pop-entertainer, not a silver screen icon like Farrah, you pinheads! Michael has already had his homage up to this point and the Oscars was NOT the place for anymore of that concerning him. Farrah was a freaking ICON! More so than any female actress today. She deserved to be addressed during that portion. The Academy continues, every year to lose all credibility with alot of people and this is a prime example.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  298. KC

    This writer mentions MJ, makes him the scapegoat and the majority of the folks on this board fall for it. The issue shouldn't be with Michael Jackson. He had nothing to do with it. Everyone's anger should be directed at the Academy only. They made the decision to leave out Farah. She was indeed an icon and I thought she was great in The Burning Bed. This is the Academy's failure... not Mike's. But, I guess he is a more convenient target. Shame on the academy!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Jackson

    MJ The King of Pop Of course he should be on the Oscar list. Who the heck is Farah Fawcett?? No explanation needed folks.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Linda

    My major objection is to the use of a performer during the Memorial sequence. Both this year and last, the performers took away from the recognition of those departed.

    Bring back the theme from "The American President" and give full screen coverage of those being honored. I had to explain to a friend about Maurice Jarre, the composer of "Lawrence of Arabia," was there, but his name could not be read because the camera was on James Taylor.

    If they can't do it right – just play the year end presentation done by TCM.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Debra

    Although he wasn't an actor, Michael Jackson did act in the movie "The Wiz". This is why he was on the list of actors that past away.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  302. hcbm1016

    Yes, you can get through all 90 names. Leave out some of the other nonsense. I don't need to see any dancing or musical numbers. You leave out that junk and you could easily get through the 90ish names of the past year that should be mentioned. You only need to have their picture and name up on the screen for a couple of seconds.

    I am indifferent about Farrah, but feel badly that she was excluded. As far as MJ goes, I agree with previous posters that this was not the right arena for a mention. In fact, Bea Arthur and Farrah should have replaced MJ.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  303. marie

    An apology should be issued fto her family from the Academy for not recognizing Farah Fawcett and remembered as the fist person in next year' s Memorial video. She after all did not kill herself with drugs.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  304. PTByrd

    The Academy is a very toxic and neurotic group of fools to put a pedophile on a pedestal while at the same time blatantly snubbing Farrah Fawcett. ANY actor - whatever their calibre - should have come before Jackson. It's a sad, sad, commentary on our society and it makes me sick to my stomach.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Craig

    She was a TV actress not the big screen. Jackson shouldn't had been shown either.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  306. norah mcnulty

    Absolutely no excuse for leaving Farrah out. No excuses, whoever made the decision should feel absolutely embarrassed about this huge blunder.

    Farrah, we remember you, even if the organization you belonged to did not. R.I.P.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Terrils

    So ... Brittany Murphy, whoever she is, has a body of work better and longer known than Farrah's? I was no huge fan of hers, but let's face it, the Oscars are about CELEBRITY. She had it. Certainly as much as Patrick Swayze and Brittany whoever (and that's meaning no disrespect to those performers).

    March 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  308. John Alves

    I didn't watch the Oscars because I don't watch as much TV anymore and after the self-aggrandizement at the Golden Globes I am not as interested anymore.

    Anyone who acted in a major motion picture with their name listed in the movie poster should be mentioned; this means Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Anne Emerson

    Farrah was a fine actress and should have been included in the tribute. The Oscar people are snobs and often show poor taste in their actions. Alas, money does not buy class. They should have said "We are tasteless snobs and therefore did not include Farrah in our memorial" instead of "Oh we didn't have time to include her". What asses, and a very boring Oscars I might add, very lackluster.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Kristi

    Farrah was in "Charlies Angels" and in some movies. I feel that was wrong for the "Academy Awards Committee" to not include her. I view Farrah worked hard in becoming an actress and for the auditions she needed to try out. There are many people who liked and respected Farrah. Even if the "Academy Awards Committee" did not like her, they should honor her.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  311. a reader

    the worst part is that instead of being gracious, apologizing with sincerety – the Academy members are trying to cove it with explanations. Shameful, as everything else going on in Hollywood nowadays.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  312. J-man

    @ Lacy from Canada.....That is pure ignorance to say that Michael paid for his acquittal. I am Michael fan and I am a fan of Farrah. I do agree that she should have been included in the segmant but to bash Michael because they felt he should have been included is just ignorance. The academy made a bad judgment and should admit to it. The excuse that there was not enought time is pure BS and I do agree that putting Michael in a segmant that was for actors and actresses was a mistake but a small one ! Rest in peace Farrah and Michael1

    March 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Korbel

    Maybe they should have done a collage of photos in the screen behind James Taylor as he played. That will also get rid of the annoying applause during this segment of the awards.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  314. L Taylor

    Farrah was from Texas. California people hate Texas. That's my only explanation.

    She really became a very good actor. No reason to leave her out. I've watched my last Oscars show. Frankly, I turned it off after 20 minutes.

    There's no excuse for that failure in Hollywood. Why even have a show anymore? Just send the winners the awards in the mail.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Yes or No

    Who was in charges of the OSCARS, The "In Memoriam"? Nobody knows. Enough said. Thanks entertainers for entertainings and they know they will be miss dearly.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  316. MJ Fan

    The reason why Farrah was robbed of her due when Michael died was maybe because nobody cared that much! If people did she would have been all of the news. 30 years from now people will still remember Michael. Farrah, not so much! Get use to it.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  317. Jane

    Sick and wrong. She was totally an icon and should have most certainly been honored by the Academy.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  318. finney

    I could not believe they snubbed Farrah. She was a star with class and to ignore her for the Memoriam was just plain WRONG!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Matthew

    They forgot Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty. Both were actresses as well as Farrah. I was so mad at the academy for leaving these three out and putting in Michael Jackson. He wasn't an actor and Farrah died first on the day Michael Jackson died. It really comes to show who the media feeds off of. RIP my fellow ladies for you have provided us years of laughs and tears and your work will always be remembered.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Theresa S.

    I was absolutely shocked that the academy included Michael Jackson and ignored Farrah. Moreover, equally upsetting, was the omission of Ricardo Montalban who died in january of last year. Although he was perhaps best known for Fantasy Island on TV, he made many movies throughout the 40s and 50s and was memorable as Khan in one of the Star Trek films. Whoever is responsible for this In Memorium should be ashamed for doing such a hatchet job.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  321. tedbear8

    This has nothing to do with Michael Jackson being included or not, I could care less. Farrah should have been included...end of discussion.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  322. DottiB

    I completely agree with Chris. That dance routine – UHG!!!!! And Barbara Streisand? P L E A S E. I think they could have squeezed Farrah in there.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Jeanie

    As soon as the "in memory" was complete, I said, "Where was Farrah?" After all, she was an actress!. I wondered why they mentioned Michael Jackson, who, last I noticed was a musician! It would be much easier for the Academy to apologize for the oversight than to make this lame excuse that not everyone can be included. Spare me!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Anita

    Definitely a huge oversight; I love MJ but he did not work in film as much as Farrah did. I thought she was particularly great in "The Apostle".

    March 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Kuuipo

    I have to agree and say that I was very saddened when I realized that Farrah Fawcett wasn't included in the memoriam. Do not get me wrong I like Michael Jackson and am just as saddened about his death but I felt that the memoriam was for those who were actors and contributed heavily to the movie industry. Farrah should have had her moment to be remembered. It is so sad that the Oscars dropped the ball in the memoriam– do not make excuses for the mistake you made. Apologize to the American public and to Farrah's friends and family.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Jayne

    I honestly do know what is worse; saying they forgot and it was an insensitive omission or replying with "we can't include everyone". You would think that PR would be the thing Hollywood got right.

    The Oscar telecast was all about money and ratings: 10 movies v. 5; horror tribute; honoring a director that was never even nominated for an Oscar and introducing his family to the audience. They were after baby boomers and the younger generation associated with the Twilight phenomenon. So yes, MJ gets his notice because; again they were placating to a certain demographic.

    I have two words for the entire approach to the Oscars this year: Fire Hose.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Nancy Cda

    Note to Hollywood. If you are planning to die after the Oscar magic cutoff number, try and hold on to the new year or miss the "In memorium" clip.

    They could have cut out half of what was aired on Sunday night in my opinion and included dead secretaries that have worked for Oscar contenders.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  328. gary n

    they screwed-up..put FF in next year with d.o.b/d.o.d. under her beautiful picture...BeaArthur was a better actress than all of them and we don't need reminders thru the Academy

    March 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  329. lauree

    I do agree that Farrah's 'oversight' was in very poor taste (and their explanation was no better), especially seeing that her film "Logan's Run" won one and was nominated for several Academy Awards. Shame on the Academy.

    However, the writers statement when comparing Michael Jacksons filmography to Farrah's, "Suddenly, Farrah's list looks a lot better" is no better! This is not a contest! Yes, Ms. Fawcett had just as much right as MJ to be named BUT...the comparison is not necessary.

    MJ's filmography - though vague is remarkable and historical. "The Wiz" received four Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Original Music Score and Best Cinematography. Yes, MJ was a musician, by trade but he was still an actor! Why does his work have to be put up against Farrah Fawcett's?

    March 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Claire

    No question Farrah should have been included!! As many have said, she was an icon. And Logan's Run is a classic Sci Fi movie. The oversight does not lesson her status, more display's the organizers error. Agree that someone screwed up and they are best just admitting it.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  331. CJ

    I think it was wrong for CNN's David Daniel (CNN's Senior Producer) to pose the question about Michael's inclusion and Farrah's exclusion. Why should there be controversy? Michael has in the past been invited, and did indeed perform the song 'Ben' at the Oscars; which, by the way was nominated for Best Song. So if for no other reason than this alone, he should have been included. Farrah should've been included as well. So blame the academy, not Micahel Jackson. Good job David Daniel on starting up some more controversy!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  332. John

    They went an hour over.... and they couldn't spare 3 seconds for her..... I dont like the show and never will.... its all about H-wood insiders giving THEMSELVES a trophy.... and for what... what do they really do that is so important?...

    March 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Ed

    Bea Arthur had two major film roles in MAME and LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS along with several smaller roles. She should have been honored.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Planco D.

    Michael Jackson was a cast member in a film, The Wiz, that was nominated for FOUR Academy awards, which seems to be his obvious link to the Oscar community; add his personal entertainment and humanitarian acheivements, it only makes sense that he was included.
    To compare him to Farrah Fawcett, simply for the fact that they died around the same time, is a disservice to both performers. They were both icons, but to add Farrah Fawcett to the Oscars in memoriam just because of her impact on popular culture and television would not be appropriate for a film organization's award show.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Maria

    What made the Academy think to add Brittny Murphy and exclude an ICON like Farrah? EPIC FAIL!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  336. Yacine

    Honestly I loved Farrah and thought that they should have included her. But you can't compare a Mercedes and a Horse. You know MJ was a Mega Super Star. If you didnt live in MJ time you will never know what stardom means. HE WAS AND STILL IS THE BIGGEST STAR EVER, WORLDWIDE. They couldnt but include him because HE is one of THE GREATEST if not THE GREATEST Artist of all time. From Captain EO to, Thriller, to the Moonwalk, to THIS IS IT and ALL of his wonderful work. Michael Jackson wasnt only an American Music Star he was THE KING OF POP, FASHION, and HUMANITIARIAN WORK.He was a Star in the entire world. There isnt a single place in the world where he is not known. So lay off MJ. His accomplishment and Farrah's are not even comparable.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Michael Hiltz

    Farrah definately should have been mentioned. She should be mentioned next year with an apology for the oversight for being omitted in error this year

    March 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  338. rogue-scoundrel

    What about Henry Gibson???? I mean, I agree completely that it was a travesty to leave Farrah off, but the same goes for this guy. Check out IMDB and look at his credits. Sure there is a lot of TV there but there are over 15 films in there as well. Some like the Blues Brothers, Magnolia, Nashville, Innerspace, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, the Burbs, Charlottes Web, the Nutty Professor, to name a few....I mean, who do you have to (fill in the blank) to get on the memorium list????!!!!! The Academy failed in this one...Both Farrah and Henry should've been mentioned. No offense to MJ, but this was not a night to remember him as an "actor of film", sorry go sell crazy some place else. Maybe they had to rush it so they could get to that great dance number...Yehaw!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Guest

    To put in Brittany Murphy and Michael Jackson, but not Farrah or Zelda Rubinstein was an oversight on the Academy's part and they have NO excuse as to why they were omitted. They're trying to backpeddle now to make it right, but there is no other reason except that they dropped the ball trying to make the Awards show more youthful.

    Shame on them for not stepping up and admitting they made a mistake!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Samantha H

    i like that they added Michael Jackson and Patrick Swayze and i am glad that they remembered Brittney Murphy but they should have remembered Farrah too

    March 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  341. MJ Fan

    Also, I saw a post from someone about the others that were mentioned and how we didn't know who they were. Well, these individuals deserve to be mentioned. Anyone that worked on a movie whether it is in front or behind the camera should be mentioned. No matter how insignificant we think they are. If there weren't screenwriters or directors or producers or sound engineers or editors, most of these actors wouldn't have jobs.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Jennifer

    praise the child molester pop star, snub the actual movie star at the oscars, why am i not suprised? maybe the Grammy's should include farrah.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Chris N.

    The Academy knows they were wrong, they just won't admit it. For someone who started out as a pretty face and quickly became a very capable actress, she was robbed at the Oscars!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Shirley

    The Academy returned to Pre-K status not remembering Farrah
    Fawcett. Why did they do this? But if you saw Farrah's last days on her personal video you would note that her Rosary was with her on her journey. The Academy dissed her but Our Lord won't and that's what counts.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  345. MJ Fan

    I'm glad MJ was there. I didn't think he would be there, but it is what it is. I didn't expect either of them to be there to be honest. I like Farrah, but I have never seen any movie she has done, but the burning bed. And i think the Burning Bed as a TV movie.

    This should not be a forum to talk ill of MJ. He didn't put himself in the list. Nor, did he ask for all the coverage of his death. I guess more people world-wide was clearly more touched by him. Please be respectful of both.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Blaine

    I dont think either Michael or Farrah should have been shown in the in memorium. when you think Farrah Fawcett you dont think of her movies, and you certainly dont think of movies when it comes to michael jackson. Michael was remembered at the Grammys, Farrah was remembered at the Emmys, and it should have been left at that.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  347. LG

    Team Farrah!
    Glad I never watch these award shows.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Bob

    There is always time

    March 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Ann

    they could have shaved 3 seconds off the Hughes memorial to add Farrah's photo.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Cathy Swanson

    The "In Memoriam" on the Academy Awards is for movie stars. Since the movie/documentary about Michael Jackson was released last fall, perhaps they consider him a movie star. Farrah Fawcett was a tv star. So they probably remembered her at last fall's Emmy Awards. I don't believe she was snubbed Sunday night.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Hereagain

    Why is everybody talking about Michael Jackson, what about others left out of the memoriam? Why it has to be always about him? The truth is everyone that was included and excluded is talented in their own way. And when you think about why Michael Jackson was included because he was a multi-talent and did so much for the entertainment industry including the film. It is understandable that he is a mega star who's been known by billions around the world than the rest of them.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  352. JIM

    If they didn't include little sound clips and extend the pics to more than one they probably could have included everyone who should have been there. FF was obvious as was Bea Arthur and others. If you can't show their pic at least have a list of others credited.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Kathryn

    With the length of the Awards show overall, I don't think there should be a second thought about the length of time it might take to honor all those in the entertainment industry that have passed on – actors and musicians. They all contributed in some way during their career. If they'd have added another 20 or 30 pictures, it probably would have taken another what... 1.... 2 minutes? They can even put 2 pictures at a time. I would have preferred that then the probably additional 10 minutes we had to sit and listen to the speeches given about the best actor/actress nominees (not that they don't deserve that, but if you aren't going to do it every year, don't bother). The show is way too long!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Howard Parker

    I think the Academy Award people got it messed up. Farrah Fawcett show have been included, she's one of the "Diva's from the 70's. I didn't like much of her stuff but she was an icon and an actress that made money for lots of people – bottom line, she should have been included in this memorial. As for Michael Jackson his inclusion was okay but to exclude Farrah was a Huge blunder. Farrah you had it going on girl, we remember you even if the award brass won't.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Pdo

    Offended? Are you a relative or personal friend? Come on! I think they just messed up and if they didn't mess up, what they did was messed up. And "deserve" to be on the list? It's not about deserving to be on the list. Every actor, again i say "actor" that died in that certain time frame should have been mentioned in some form or fashion or none at all. I don't think MJ should have been included b/c he was known for his music artistry which btw, he is the best when it comes to music, not his acting legacy of which he has none. But please stop all the "I'm hurt, I'm offended, I'm outraged and the deserved it."

    March 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Pete

    Give me a break. Farrah was an icon in the industry during her time and to snub her was a true mistake. Yes, there are others less known, so perhaps the academy could come up with well defined criteria to ensure this doesn't happen. And as usual, the show ran over, so with a few more strums of the guitar, or a few less jokes by the hosts, they could have included Farrah. This is very disappointing to me as a long-time Oscar watcher and prior attendee.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  357. Sandy

    Farah Fawcett definitely should have been remembered. Enough Michael Jackson already. He's had his share of tributes. As far as James Taylor - WHY????? It detracted from the tribute.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Tim

    Join my facebook group "People Mad at Academy for leaving out Farrah Fawcett in Memory Tribute...hoping it will grow to send a message to the academy. This isn't about who was on the list, its about who wasn't and the lame excuse provided by the Academy.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  359. GoLakers

    Don't turn this into a MJ vs Farrah thing, MJ was one of the biggest celebrities ever so yes he should have been included as Farrah should have, the academy made a huge mistake, but out of all the other many unknown people they did show why is everyone singling out MJ?? STOP HATING!!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  360. Frankie from NY

    Farrah and Bea deserved better. Whomever at the Academy that made those decisions should be gainfully looking for employment. What a bunch of insensitive jerks!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  361. Mary Beth

    While Farrah Fawcett was mostly known for her TV work, she became
    a very good, underrated actress and deserved to be recognized. She
    was a member of the academy for 40 years and did a few good movies. She showed strength and courage during her fight against
    cancer. They should have cut the horor movie section and paid tribute
    to both Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur. It would not have taken very much time to do that. It seems like it is getting personal against Michael Jackson. He was an incredible entertainer and it was not
    his decision to exclude Farrah and Bea, so blame the academy
    and not him. Does someone know if Farrah or Bea were
    recognized at the Emmys this past year?

    March 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  362. louie G

    I agree Farrah should of been included, but if iam not Mistaken MJ did appear in movies, grant not as many B Movies as Farrah but HE WAS AN ENTERTAINER, MOVIES, VIDEOS, MUSIC.

    Beautiful women have been around for ages, Farrah was a wonderful woman, lovely and yet troubled. Look around America, those of you who would argue Michael had no place in the Oscars. His talent will never be matched, were as beautiful troubled women are a dime a dozen in hollywood and the world over!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Casey

    I am not a huge Michael Jackson fan, nor a huge defender of his, and I can definitely see everyone's point about Fawcett. But, that having been said, to those who are saying on this thread that MJ did nothing for film, you're forgetting one really important thing: his contribution to music videos. Say what you want about Jackson, but "Thriller" changed the world of music, by making music videos into something that told a story more along the lines of a movie or film. Did this make him an "actor"? No, but he certainly DID make a MAJOR contribution to developing a new genre of motion pictures that came about in the early 80's.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  364. N C

    It is sad that someone who fought cancer so courageously as Farrah did has been overshadowed by someone turned their life into a sad joke is beyond my understanding. Farrah's life is the stuff movies are made of and she should have been treated with far more respect than she was given by the media and by her peers. Apparently, it is far more important to die from an overdose than to die fighting a horrible disease.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Victor

    Michael Jackson – Singer

    Farrah Fawcett – Actress

    See where I'm going with this???

    How can the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts honor a musician over an actress? It's kind of insulting if you ask me.

    Don't get me wrong. Michael was a miracle performer, but he had his well deserved homage at the Grammy's. The Academy should have known better.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Laurie

    I completely understand why everyone is upset over Farrah being snubbed. I agree, she should have been in the memoriam. What I don't understand is narrow minded people who are still stomping over Michael Jackson's grave. For God's sake, let it go. Yes he was more of a short film/music video icon rather than a movie icon but he is still a legend. And THIS IS IT actually IS a movie last time I checked. Move on people! Why point the finger to one man? The academy forgot others who should have been listed! The Academy is who you should blame, not MJ. Life is too short to be blaming one person for anything!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  367. Surf_Dog

    I, as a rule, don't watch award shows because they are self serving, and usually self centred. And reading this article confirms why I don't.

    Farrah Fawcett, while maybe not best actress of all time, certainly was more iconic and more relevant to the movie industry than Michael Jackson ever was.

    The Academy's response is laughable. They will certainly need to do better than this to cover for their incredible ineptitude on this one!

    Perhaps at next year's Oscar telecast a special mention can be arranged, one year too late true, but even George Lucas eventually received a special award for his contribution to film in some sort of redress for "Star Wars" being snubbed 1977.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  368. Cristina

    Oversight or not, It was simply done in poor taste. The Academy should have made an effort to research all the notable actors and actressess that passed this year. Farrah Fawcett was an actress noteworthy to be mentioned in this memoriam, she acted on screen namely TV and movies, and had cameo like appearences in many films. Her bio of her battle with cancer, and the ratings it received was indicative of the impact in which she had on the viewing public. I am so sorry for Ryan Oneil to have to live with this insult from the industry he is still in. She was such a private woman and a class act I'm sure shes somewhere walking around in heaven not even slightly bothered by this Hollywood crap!! BUT, her fans deserve better and an apology from Oscar officials.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  369. Sydney

    The question of whether or not Michael Jackson should have been in the presentation is not relevant. Fawcett should have been included, period. It isn't necessary to bash MJ's movie career to make a point. The Wiz had a large impact on film for the black community; so I'd say they both deserved to be included.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  370. Deanna

    There should be no requirements to honor the death of actors, writers, directors, etc. They should have mentioned, Farah, Bea Arthur, she was a stage, tv and made some movies, and they also forgot Ricardo Montalban, movie star and ACTOR, he was someone who should have been remembered. Some of the technical awards should have been shorter. No one should be left out, each person has contributed to the entertainment and should be honored.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  371. Karen

    Michael Jackson was not a child molester.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Jennifer

    People are so hateful and judgmental! Why does this have to be a Michael versus Farrah topic? Neither had anything to do with who was included or not included in the memoriam. People are just sick. Just leave the dead alone and put the blame where it belongs if you feel you must blame someone or something for Farrah being snubbed.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  373. CD

    Farrah was not a member of the Academy. They only recognize those that are members.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  374. SpiderMonkey

    I predict that next year the Oscar's will opening acknowledge Farrah's exclusion and invite Ryan O'Neil and their son to come on stage and introduce a Farrah montage. They didn't choose to leave her out...some moron forgot about her. Bet that person won't be in charge of the memorium next year!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  375. Les

    The bottom line.....Farah Fawcett was actually a member of the Academy. Michael Jackson was not. I don't mean to say that MJ should or shoudn't have been included. What I AM saying is that given Ms. Fawcett's membership, she should have been at the top of the list. The 'Academy' has just given us the proof that they are a completely irrelevant group of self absorbed egos.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Denbo

    The exclusion of Farrah Fawcett from the memmorial was just another example of one of the, most poorly run, worst Academy Award shows in history. And to place James Taylor up there on the stage to entertain us, was only to detract from a somber momment of those who have passed, Whoever those two guys were who supossedly ran the show made lousy decision after decision that robbed the ceremony of all the majesty and class that obviously they don't poessess. They turned a time-honored event that became televised, into a television show that featured some awards that were given out in between commercials and which was poorly directed and barely one step above Rose Bowl Parade commentary. Shameful.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  377. TNGO

    The mistake the Academy made was to say they couldn't include everyone. Someone goofed. Let's face it... someone omitted her by accident. Instead of saying, we goofed and trying to provide a time slot to say, we also want to remember her... they said something terribly insensitive. They can't fit everyone in?! Are you serious? That is worst explaination I ever heard! Worse than just omitting her by accident.

    People can be stupid.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  378. Entertained

    Thank You, all of you for the interesting comments. You were more interesting than the Oscars have ever been.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  379. RockRobster

    Farrah was a Hollywood star and one of the most well known actresses that ever lived. It was a disgrace! With the exception of a few nice moments, the show was crap this year.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Jim

    Did you ever SEE Saturn 3 or Logan's Run?

    March 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  381. wake up

    they just forgot. they are saying they can't include everyone as a cover for their embarrassing mistake. think of the backlash if they admit they just forgot. trust me, this is what happened.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  382. Claudia

    Actually, i think Bea Arthur was in the movie "Mame". She should have been included as well. I agree – if you're going to include Michael Jackson you should include Farrah Fawcett as well. Both were from the entertainment field and deserved recognition. A few more seconds of the montage wouldn't have hurt. They could have made that crazy dance to the nominated music shorter.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  383. Vickye

    Can't include everyone????? This is a "celebrity" show, isn't it? To include writers, musical directors, producers, directors, etc. in the "In Memoriam" portion of this show and not include "celebrities" is just plain WRONG. Bea Arthur was not included last year, but to my way of thinking, she was one of the biggest "celebrities" in the entertainment world. In past years, the memorial portion has always included entertainers who are not just in the movies. Farrah Fawcett's death was totally overlooked by the media because of Michael Jackson's death that day and it just keeps going on. Shame on you, Academy!

    March 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  384. Andrea

    I love the 'In Memorium' parts of award shows, but what bothers me most about them is that most of the people who have passed away in the last year, no one (except for much older people in show biz) has even heard of: their careers have long been over; they were only famous for one or two things; or that they show little-known executives, producers, directors, etc.! I knew more people at the Golden Globes' 'In Memorium' than on Sunday's Oscars! They didn't honor MANY people at Sunday's Oscars who have passed over the last year, Farrah being one of them.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  385. Jen

    What about Jennifer Jones? If the Academy is going to have a memorial for all of the entertainers who have passed in the last year then they should do it for everyone. I don't watch it anyway. It is a lot of back patting and self congratulating.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  386. WJ Hawk

    I think they FORGOT and they'd rather say they couldn't include her than say they forgot. I think they'd look a whole lot better if they just admitted the mistake it was, and then next year do a montage of her good performances, which wouldn't take long...

    March 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Ruth Buck

    I rarely comment on blogs such as this, but I had to express my disappointment with the Academy. Farrah Fawcett appeared in movies, was a household names and dies with dignity and grace. Why would the Academy leave her out on such a big evening? They should apologize and admit their mistake. So, let's wait and see...

    March 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  388. Jane

    Some one should just take responsibility and say it was an oversight and we're sorry. End of issue.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  389. Seanlives

    Okay.... I agree that FF should have been included. My friends and I noticed she was missing straight away.

    Still.... I read on this comment list, folks getting mad at Micheal Jackson... like it was his fault or something. People who say he never did anything for the movies is just plain wrong. Has anyone ever heard of Captain EO, Thiller [there was a full length documentary that came out with the video], Moonwalker?

    As a matter of fact I went to see THIS IS IT in the theater... which was a movie last time I checked. Why not pick on some of those producers and "behind the scenes" people that were in no short supply in the montage. Leave the entertainers alone.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  390. dubya

    I loved Farrah!!! But I do not think of her as a big-screen movie actress. I think of her as a television actress. I can understand why she would not have been mentioned; but then some movies were mentioned that I have never heard of. I can actaully name some movies that Bea Arthur were in. But then they mention Michael Jackson. and I do not understand why he would be mentioned at all. Michael was a great musician; but I am unaware of him ever having been nominated for an Oscar for music. Regardless I loved Farrah!!! And I loved Bea Arthur too!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  391. Head Diva In Charge

    I didn't even notice they had cut her out at the time, as soon as I did though – I was shocked. What a beautiful and brave women to fight Cancer as she did, and then for the Academy to not acknowledge the work she did. I hope a formal apology is issued to her family and fans.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  392. David B

    I do not think of Farrah as an iconic actress of film as perhaps she is of TV, but I'm a bit younger and of the films mentioned in the article above, I think I have only seen Cannonball Run and Logan's Run, so I can see why she was omitted. That said, Michael Jackson should not have been included in last year's montage; I can see why he was considered, but he is an icon of pop culture through music, not film. "The Wiz" and "Captain EO"?? It was a nice gesture but a misplaced one.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  393. opozar

    Shame on the Academy Awards! Of course they cannot include everyone, but not including Farrah Fawcet in the memorium was is not excusable. The Academy needs to make a public apology!.......shame.......oh what shame.......

    March 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  394. Dave

    I wondered if they would include Michael, but was very surprised they didn't include Farrah. I think if you include one, you have to include the other. Neither were movie stars, but they are forever linked for dying on the same day.

    Michael's death overshadowed Farrah's, and that's too bad. A life is a life, and although he had a greater impact on society, she could have easily been celebrated for her contributions to the arts.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  395. Sherrye

    OK – I loved Michael Jackson and I loved Farah. Let's face it, people, she was obviously omitted purposely from the Oscars. Michael Jackson has been paid homage in every form and fashion, on every awards show (music shows) that I have watched since his death. That is where homage should be paid – at music awards because DUH he was the ultimate musician. He was NOT an actor. The Oscars dished Farah and all of us an injustice by not including Farah...and Bea Arthur. You can't tell me they didn't do it on purpose. Someone had to give the OK to INCLUDE Michael and OMIT Farah. In her time, she was just as big to her fans as Michael Jackson was to his. This was very poorly thought out and very distasteful....and James Taylor? Please – he was horrible...

    March 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  396. Art

    Just another example of the Academy as one huge FLAKE. As for me, there should be less of the fluff and puff, and more to acknowledge all people who helped make movies, the grips, the gaffers, all. If they can't bare to do that they should have a web page devoted solely for this, photos and credits. Leaving out the lovely, and very nice Ms. Fawcett is so stupid.

    Do you mean they left out Pat Hingle too???

    March 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  397. luci

    Farrah should have been included. period. but why bash MJ? @Todd at 3:57 p.m.–why does MJ only have to be honored at the BET awards?? MJ transcended music of all kinds, not just "BET" music-he broke many barriers so he was more than a BET celebrity, he was a worldwide celebrity. where have u been??

    March 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Mary Babycakes

    After reviewing the clip before final production, someone must have commented, "Farrah flaws it."

    March 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  399. Ivy

    Omitting recognition for Bea Arthur and Farrah Fawcett does them no harm...they are getting their reward from on high. But, these two performers have families, friends, and fans who are hurt by the slight. Shame, shame on the Oscar's producers!

    A couple seconds off of the horror tribute or one less joke by the two hosts would have provided plenty of time. I can't help but think the other performers would have gladly given a second or two off their acceptances for such an honorable cause.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Dana

    I agree Farrah should have been included. One thing all you Michael Jackson haters fail to realize is that, its not like MJ called the oscars and ask for a mention. You are blaming him for something he had no control over. The Academy should be ashamed for not including Farrah, I agree with that 100%. She was (in my opinion) a great actress.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  401. Delane

    I thought for sure that I had missed her in the display. I 'rewound' the tevo to see that I had not, in fact, missed it! I couldn't believe that they had once again included Michael Jackson and excluded Farrah. His death was covered more than hers and it was impossible not to feel that they (the media) had done this once again. Ridiculous! I KNOW somewhere someone made the call, but how do you memorialize the 'less famous' (screenwriters who are only truly known in their circles, for example) and not the women (and men) who are household names, who made their mark and deserve (at least) our recognition!? Someone should feel extremely inept at their job, making a call like that...

    March 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  402. Lisa

    I also noticed right away that Farrah Fawcett had not been included. She was a great talent and obviously has enough 'credits' to be part of this. I think it's a disgrace – I feel the Academy should admit their mistake and apologize.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  403. GB

    Farrah definitely should've been included but Michael is far from the least deserving person on the montage so I having trouble understanding why he should be excluded.

    Sure, MJ only did a couple movies, most of them clunkers and cameos but his colossal influence on the entertainment world in general qualifies him for recognition in almost any format.

    In addition to Farrah's snub, I though Swayze deserved to be shown closer to the end... they usually close with the most recongnized name, I was surprised to see him up there so early.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  404. Macy

    What a big mistake! Oscar owes public an apology and should include Fawcett in next year's memoriam!

    March 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Bud

    Once again, I'd like to thank the academy for proving what the world already knew. That they are careless, ungrateful and coniving, to say the least. They're about as functional as the UN, and on par in the "worthless" catagory. However, I'm sure next year's show can be more moring, more hateful, less interesting than this one. I'm sure they'll work to that end, in order to be "politically correct."

    March 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Cindy

    I noticed immediately that they forgot Farrah and that is wrong, but why did we spend lines and lines comparing to Michael Jackson. If the only people mentioned were actors than that would be one thing, but writers, producers, directors are mentioned. I always thought any celebrity who died during the year was mentioned. I never knew someone picked who got mentioned and who doesn't. How sad.... Young people are going to remember people like Patrick Swazye, Farrah, Bernie Mac, Michael Jackson and probably not some of the others, but it is nice to remember all of the losses during the show. I am a fan of James Taylor but I do think the mark was missed there.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Mary

    I also believe that the Academy did wrong in not honoring Farrah Fawcett. She fought a brave battle with her cancer and died with quiet dignity and courage. Had she not had the bad luck of dying hours before Michael Jackson, I am sure she would have been remembered with ceremony.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  408. Jasqueen

    would guys seriously get over the whole michael jackson as a child molestor thing.. your just idiots that don't know the facts for sure... just want to be heard, but don't know what your talking about.. its soooo getting old!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  409. Bianchiwawa

    poor actress...may she rest in peace not really a fan of her's but she is worth remembering than jacko in the industry of acting. thumbs up for the emmy's. middle finger for the oscars for snubbing a talented and beautiful actress.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  410. mizsherle

    Why on earth Michael Jackson and not Farrah Fawcett? She was an actress whose performances were memorable. There were quite a few other film industry deaths left out of the tribute, but leaving her out was nuts, and including Michael Jackson was absurd. The choice of song was pretty lame, too. Having James Taylor sing was fine, but the lyrics just didn't fit very well for a memorial tribute to people of the film industry. The whole thing was just badly done.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  411. Angela

    I noticed it right away and told my daughter that there was going to be heck to pay the next day! Why not just do actors. Nobody knows who those other people are anyway or care for that matter. And the whole thing was not done well at all. You barely got a glimpse of Patrick Swayze and I hate James Taylor. The whole thing was poorly done. It seemed an after thought sort of. I remember one year when it was very moving and memorable. They need to go back to that. Also Bea Arthur should have been included. It saddens fans when someone they have really loved and followed over the years passes away and tributes should be taken serious. They did a great job with Heath Ledger last year.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  412. Jeff, Los Angeles, CA

    Really flimsy excuse. To include Farrah would have been a few seconds off each of the lesser known people's image on the screen. As a media person, I know there is always room to include one more. It seems hard to imagine that anyone could could have forgotten to include one of the most famous that died last year. It's shameful, but now history.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  413. susan

    It was a terrible faux par on the part of the Academy. To include Michael Jackson who virtually made no contribution to the film industry and omit Farah Fawcett is a blatant offense. The selection committee needs to make an apology to Ms. Fawcett's family and fans and not make up a ridiculous excuse "we can not include everybody".

    March 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Angela

    All I wonder is if she was a member of the academy, why did MJ get recognized and not Farrah? Makes no sense to me.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  415. Lisa

    As soon as the montage was over, my husband and I looked at each other and said "where was Farrah Fawcett"? And "why was Michael Jackson included"? The Academy had to know that they would be getting flack for this. Maybe it was a dig to say "we can do what we want and we don't care what you think". Nice, real nice.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  416. bluebird

    Michael Jackson did not get that much applause as he did not belong in the segment, Farrah most certainly did...she gave an awesome performance Burning Bed..and in other films/made for TV movies. It was a glaring mistake on someone's part....I do not believe they should allow applause during that segment, let everyone applaud at the end don't judge a person's worth by HOLLYWOOD'S standards.
    They are self indulgent, vain, overpaid, self congratulatory actors..folks. Some are fantastic humans, most are not. Too much attention is paid to celebrities these days and I cannot help but wonder why people care so much about this particular group of humans as opposed to real people with serious life issues, like poverty and war. It is superficial: hair, makeup, clothes and plastic surgery..what is going on with people? No wonder this country is in trouble...the word needs caring people with inner beauty....wake up America.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  417. wayne

    Yes, I agree. As soon as they showed Michael Jackson, I was almost certain that Farrah would be the next since, if for no other reason, they both passed away on the same day. And just how MJ made it into the list shows just another side of the political machine that is Hollywood. And for them to say coldly, "everyone can't be included" just reinforces the truth about it being a hot and cold industry. Though I love MJ, who could possibly forget Farrah in Extremities? And I believe one of her last roles was in the b-list movie "The Cookout". Lets see if the Academy will humble itself next year and make a special mention of Farrah. Perhaps this would show everyone that they really are humans with faults afterall.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  418. david

    One of many reasons why I stopped watching the Oscars long ago. I feel it has turned into a mainly poltical awards. Though, I read who won the major awards, and I agree with the decisions. Very, very dissapointing that they left out Farrah. She put on a brave battle against cancer and as a fan of Farrah, miss her very much.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  419. Jonathan

    I think the critique of Michael Jackson's inclusion should not be part of the controversy of why Farrah was left out. He's always an easy target for something he didn't do or have control of.

    That being said, he did make some contributions and its not unreasonable for him to be included. Not only was he in the mentioned films, he contributed musically to films. Perhaps not many, but potentially enough to warrant a respectful tribute to his life. He produced and contributed to the Free Willy soundtracks, wrote work for ET, his music was included in numerous films as well. Not that every artist whose music is used in a film warrants recognition, but his would often result in something more than background music (13 Going on 30 Thriller Dance). In addition, he has worked with numerous Hollywood elite directors (Scorsese, Landis, Spielberg, Lee) in his career that would probably agree that some memorial is due. To top this all off, he performed an Academy Award Nominated song at the 1974 Oscars which was also a number 1 single for him, called Ben. That song also won the writers of the song a Golden Globe that same year.

    You can keep blaming Michael Jackson for all the attention Farrah's death didn't receive, but that blame lies solely with the media. Just like the blame for the Oscars lies with the Oscars. Not Michael Jackson.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  420. Mellanie

    Don't hate on MJ just because the Academy forget Ferrah. He has every right to be there just as "media reporters" did. Bea deserved to be there too. MJ WAS an actor and for that reason he was included. I was looking for Ferrah, but hey- it isnt anyones fault but the Academy.

    Stop hating, people. Fickle.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  421. johnnyb44

    thats alright, I won't remember to watch the oscars next year, they are not worthy!! during her hey day, there wasn't anybody more popular than farrah. I believe "charlies angels" the moovie wouldn't have ever been thought of if it wasn't for farrah. I hope when ryan gets an oscar, he don't give a thank you speech. The accademy really, really, suck!! next year, I will intentionally turn the tv off.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  422. Aryes

    Ms. Fawcett being excluded has nothing to do with Mr. Jackson being included ... the academy did not include her in this portion of the show due to their own reasons. The harsh and cruel comments regarding Mr. Jackson's personal life are extremely disrespectful ... Both 'entertainers' as well as others were important to the industry and the academy made a decision – express your concern to the academy, do not degrade someone else who did not make the decision.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  423. can't you read?

    Can't you people read? No one from the academy said she was '"forgotten", so please stop saying that. They have time limits, and there are far too many people that are involved in films, ever aspect of films that have to be left out. And, the Burning bed WAS A MADE FOR TV MOVIE (which would explain her Emmy award nomination for it). Not a movie at the theatre. Every year the academy has to make the tough choice of who to include and who not to include. I remember last year they did not include Brad Renfro whom I loved. Those are the breaks. Relax people and get the facts before spouting off...

    March 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  424. Wendy

    How can they leave Farrah out, but include Britney Murphy? I'm NOT saying Britney should've been left out, but c'mon...Farrah was an icon and I was extremely upset when she died. I grew up wanting to look just like her! And MJ...IDK, should he have been included in this at the Oscar's??

    March 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  425. Justin

    I agree that not everyone can or should be included, but my reaction at seeing Michael Jackson clip Sunday night during the Oscar show was, "what movie was he in?" Michael deserves to be honored in the industry of which he was huge: music, music videos. It would be the same if Tiger passed; he'd be recognized by the golf industry, but not the music, t.v. or movie industry – even though he is a huge (albiet currently tarnished) star.
    Although Farrah wasn't really known as a movie star, certainly we recall The Burning Bed, Dr. T and the Women, et al. She was in close to 8 movies and how many people in movies are known just by their first name? (Cher?) The Academy needs to just come clean and apologize for forgetting Farrah. My guess is that someone at the Academy has been dinged for including Michael and not including Farrah.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  426. johnny from seattle

    Of all the things in the world to be angry and disappointed about, this probably doesn't make the top 1000.

    Re: I am glad there is somewhere that I can vent my anger and disappointment. The first thing I noticed after the Oscar memoriam segment was that Farah Fawcett was not mentioned at all. After all she endured during her illness and then to die the same day that Michael Jackson. She was pushed into the background at the time of her death and then did not get a mention at all during the Oscar Memoriam segment. Farah certainly had her difficulties in life but she had some memorable times too. Her performance in "The Burning Bed" was an example of talent that was quite often overlooked. Maybe the Academy didn't remember her but I am sure the public does.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  427. Ken

    Where was PAT HINGLE? He only made 194 appearances in movies and television. How could the Academy forget this man?

    March 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  428. belin

    Just face it THE OSCARS DROPPED THE BALL!!! How do you leave the famous Farrah (an ACTRESS) out of the memorials FOR THE OSCARS, but remember MJ (an ARTIST), who got his memorial at the VH1, MTV, BET, any and all MUSIC AWARDS, Admit it, apologize and move forward.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  429. JOn

    The Academy screwed this one up. If they had just apologized and admitted an error, the story would go away. Instead, they have chosen to deny it and indicate that all cannot be included. They are acting like my 5-year-old caught in a lie.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  430. michelle

    When MJ's image came up I said to my husband: "what does he have to do with the movies? As soon as the memoriam part was over I said: "where was Farrah?" Obviously the Academy didn't do their research for this part of the show. How about just apologizing for leaving her out, instead of some lame excuse like "we can't include everyone".

    March 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  431. Maggie

    It is simple: someone screwed up and forgot to add her name to the list. I seriously cannot believe that they purposely decided to omit her name.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  432. Susie

    Not only was it a serious snub, but "having to draw the line somewhere" just doesn't cut it. Farrah was up for awards for "The Burning Bed", was well known in television, and was a celeb for over thirty years. This was the venue in which to be acknowledged. In addition to all of that, she had a special that followed her bout with cancer and it aired twice that I know of. C'mon. Just an oversight, it doesn't sound like it.

    I wish we would quit mentioning her name in conjunction with Michael Jackson. He died, it's sad, his recordings were the background music for many of our lives. Somehow there are people who don't want to let it go. You are still mourning someone who hadn't recorded for 19 years and all he was known for at the time of his death was weirdness and child abuse claims from wa-a-a-a-y too many people to be groundless. Let's put things in perspective. Let's remember Farrah on that day especially on Oscar night.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  433. WilL

    SHAME ON THE ACADEMY! This was a complete and utter lack of disregard for one of our most beautiful celluloid icons. Shame, shame, shame. I am still livid. Additionally, having a live singer sing while the memorial was rolling was a big distraction and just plain stupid. Somebody dropped the ball on this segment. BIG TIME!

    March 9, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  434. dt

    Farrah should have been included but not michael. And im sorry but Bea Arthur should have been there too.

    The academy got it wrong, and they owe us, and the famlies a hugh apology.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  435. Ann

    And Ricardo Montalban – are you telling me that anyone who loved Star Trek will ever forget the Wrath of Khan? The elimination of movie stars due to time is crud. Then show a duel screen with two at a time (especially some of the movie stars from the 30s and 40s that most of the audience might not know) but don't delete stars. I just think it is appalling.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  436. Mary

    Farrah had the misfortune of dying on the same day as the King of Pop.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  437. Mary Catherine

    I think the Academy should have done their homework. Maybe they could have taken some inspiration and clearly better presentation of an "In Memoriam" from TCM (Turner Classic Movies)! Their end of the year salute was beautiful.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  438. shannon

    it just goes to show you that Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett still has a strong following. Do I think "Farrah's exclusion" is unfair, yes. She has made a tremendous impact on us along with Michael. But it is not fair to judge that either one is more important than the other one. They both made an impact on others' peoples lives and to get acknowledge for it is great and sometimes that doesn't always happen.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  439. Tim Bass

    Broke my heart not to see her there. She deserved better.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  440. steve

    I also wondered why This Is It was not nominated for Documentary....

    March 9, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  441. Dave

    Let her be remembered as part of the Emmys for what she was, a TV star. Her movie roles were few and far between and not overly memorable.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  442. Shelly

    My granddaughter immediately realized that Farrah was left off and though we all love MJ, as African-American women we still understand what Farrah's contribution of the "Burning Bed" meant for all women. That movie shined a hot white light on spousal abuse and she should have been on the top of their list for that. As well as her brave documentary on her fight for Cancer Awareness and how quickly it can become deadly. Michael was and always will be known as a great entertainer and it shouldn't have been a toss up either, but someone from the Academy needs to make a public apology for snubbing any of the losses we had last year.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  443. Texas lady

    The Academy screwed the pooch. MJ was a fantastic music artist, but did not need to be included in this memoriam. Farrah was overlooked – either intentionally or not – and the Academy should apologize to her family.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  444. zahna

    well...what the biggest issue i have with it is, like bea arthur, michael jackson was recognized by his peers during the grammy awards....farrah fawcett was left out and i was very upset...she deserved a place on that screen...the academy did not do themselves any favors by leaving out this iconic actress....i was very disappointed.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  445. Dwayne

    I waited expectantly to see the tribute to Farrah Fawcett during the "In Memoriam" segment and couldn't believe she was left out. I even watched the segment again thinking I had missed it (DVR).

    No excuse period. I agree that more time should be spent on this segment instead of the lame stand up and other things considered "entertainment."

    Also, it is hard to believe that Sandra Bullock won as best actress. In my opinion, no one topped Meryl Streep. I don't think the academy members vote for Meryl any more because they take her for granted, knows she can do any role, and because they are probably jealous of her.

    For me, the this year's Oscars were a really bad joke.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  446. Stephen Reinstein

    They made a mistake and should fix it by mentioning it next year.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  447. honu z

    why can't they include everyone? how long does it take to at least flash a picture and name up on the screen?

    March 9, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  448. tor

    They left out Bea Arthur as well!. 🙁

    March 9, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  449. deb

    Farrah should definitely have been included. She was not only an American icon but she was great in Small Sacrifices and The Burning Bed. Bea Arthur also should have been included as she was loved by millions and was in several movies! I don't really care that Michael was included but they shouldn't have had some of the obscure writers/producers that no one has ever heard of. In the past they rarely included any of the "behind the scenes" people unless they were famous. What's up with that! Also, for those who mentioned Peter Boyle...he died in Dec. 2006. And, for those who are badmouthing Sandra Bullock...she was the most gracious person on the stage! She was self-deprecating and clearly knows she just won because she's a sweety and a favorite among her peers. I didn't see The Blind Side but from what I hear she did a superb job in the movie and this was a way to give her the kudos she deserves.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  450. Pam

    The excuse of "can't include everyone" is nuts! They could have cut short some of Steve Martin's time to make room for everyone. What parts I did watch, I was surprised to see MJ honored, not being an actor. No one could have done "The Burning Bed" better than Farrah.

    Yes, honor the greats like Karl Malden, who made it possible for others to be there; he opened doors for those with more acting ability than looks.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  451. Debbie

    I think it is absolutely terrible to show any of the other memorials without showing Farrah's also. Shame on you people.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  452. JRR

    It's been said already. Farrah didn't have control of her death and should have been included. Keep MJ in the music section. They already have gone over the top on that one. Frankly I really liked MJ's contribution to music but, he will never be an Elvis and live forever. Celebrate his birthday moving forward and get over it. Afterall, he bought his way into and out of special treatment circomstances.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  453. JJohnson

    NOT ENOUGH TIME! Did people not notice that at the end of the piece some celebrities images were replayed! So how can the Academy justify the elimination of Farrah when obviously if you had enough time to re-play certain faces, there was certainly time for Farrah. I remember well as it was happening, why did they do that? So the academy should explain that.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  454. Don Meyers

    Here are some folks who I didn't see on the list...
    Bea Arthur, James Whitmore, Farah Fawcett, Henry Gibson, Pat Hingle, Patrick McGoohan, Ricardo Montalban, Harve Presnell, Edward Woodward, Katherine Grayson...there were more of course, including writers and directors, but the academy chose to open the show with another over bloated song and dance number which was too long and amateurish...thus taking time away from more important things like honoring folks who actually contributed to film which I thought was the whole point of the oscars in the first place...was Jean Simmons mentioned, or did I miss that one?

    March 9, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  455. Erik in Iowa City

    Obviously, the Academy had ZERO footage for a tasteful Farrah farewell. All of those movies you mentioned that she was in are awful.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  456. ckk

    What an outrage. Of course Farrah deserved to be included in the tribute.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  457. Joyce

    I noticed as soon as all faces displayed that Farah was no where to be found. I couldn't believe it. I watched her documentary of her treatment and thought that very courageous of her. Not to be included only makes people think of her more, so it may have been a good thing because so many of us remembered her and her exclusion only fueled our memories of her. Her documentary let us see the real her, not the tv and movie persona.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  458. Marge

    I totally agree, "WHERE WAS FARRAH!" How could the Academy leave her out? Not sure if I'll be watching the awards anymore. I think it is sad first of all that with the money actors are paid for their talent, they still need to give themselves awards for doing their job!! Farrah was a woman most young girls in the 70's admired – her beauty, her smile and yes, her talent, too. I enjoyed her in "The burning bed". I thought she did a great job. It was OK to televise her when she was dying. She should not have been left out on Sunday. SHAME ON THE ACADEMY!!! What an enormous mistake. Must have been a jealous woman who make the final decision.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  459. Cheryl S.

    It's a shame that they can't cut some of the stupid fluff from the show and include EVERYONE. How many people did they actually show? Like 10? It was ridiculous and the Academy should be ashamed!

    March 9, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  460. Deb Caliri

    The actions of the acadamy in reference to Farah Fawcett can be explained in one word, ignorance. However, the actions and reactions of the public gave respect to the amazing women and artist who we grew up with. Thus she honored on a higher level

    March 9, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  461. dave

    Farrah was a movie star!!.............'nuff said............

    March 9, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  462. Shar

    America loved Farrah and her films. The Academy made an egregious mistake. Don't bother televising the awards next year, I'm sure they've lost many of their viewers.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  463. Denise

    I am a great fan of MJ and will always be. Never been a fan of Farrah, but if you mention one celeb you should mention them all regardless of the job the held. Otherwise keep the criteria with those on film.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  464. Romny

    What is WRONG with the Academy? I have watched faithfully for 40+ years now. HOW COULD THEY LEAVE OUT a very well known name and face like FARRAWH FAWCETT????

    I have lost much respect after this. WOW! She may not have been a superstar, but she was loved and respected by many AND she made movies and was a member. Again – WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU – ACADEMY? You have lost respectability with me, anyway ....

    March 9, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  465. Alicia

    Shame on the Academy! Forgetting an iconic actress like Farrah who touched so many people even through her death was either a massive mistake a horrible decision. Either way, the Academy should be very ashamed and offer an apology.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  466. Blangadanger

    What does MJ have to do with Farrah getting snubbed? I think they both should have been included. Bea Arthur too.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  467. Barbara in Texas

    It was in poor taste to leave out Farrah and put in M Jackson. No one should be left out . Shame on you! And your excuse was lame.

    The entire production was the worst one I have ever seen.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  468. Brad Crook

    I big mistake to not include Farah. Now, the question is will they make a second mistake and not acknowledge the first?

    March 9, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  469. carmlal

    Had they eliminated that nonsensical skit that Ben Stiller did, there would have been plenty of time to include Farrah Fawcett, Bea Arthur, Henry Gibson and many more. Shame on the Academy for being so short-sighted.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  470. vicki

    I agree that it is not right for Oscars to omitted Farrah Fawcett. She was a star and she deserves a recognition by the oscars.

    However, this is no reason to bash Michael Jackson.

    MJ did have contribution to the movie industry. He produced and acted in several mini-movies – Thriller, Moonwalk, Ghost, plus E.T. and Captain E.O. He worked with some of the best directors in Hollywood – John Landis, Martin Scoreses, Spike Lee and Steven Spielburg, how many actors can claim that ?!

    And his creativity still influences today's movies : in Avatar, when Jake and Neytiri walk in the forest, the moss lights up when they step on it. Doesn't it remind you of MJ's Billy Jean MV ?

    MJ deserved the recogiition, too !

    March 9, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  471. Kathryn

    I understand that they "can't include everyone". That is why they should have included Farrah and left Michael Jackson out.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  472. Koska

    If you can't include all the people that died, don't do it all all. Everyone of the people that died was very important in their own way, especially to their families and fans. The sure can't say it was to save time on the showcast because at the end I watch about 14 minutes of the closing credits that was really stupid. I always thought the Academy was not too bright and this just proves it. Must be a political thing with them.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  473. Denise Rodriguez

    I agree. We noticed right away and all had the same reaction: How did Michael get in there and Farrah didn't? And, I LOVE Michael...cried for weeks after he died. But, I don't think videos count as movies....Farrah was in lots of movies and deserved to be recognized. If they are gonna include those writers and execs, they should include people like Farrah. Total oversight...or she pissed off someone responsible for the piece. Either way, the Academy needs to admit it goofed.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  474. vanessa

    What I DON'T get is the "we can't include everyone" mentality... So, they are trying to tell us that while they had sufficient enough time to do a photo montage, of some of the celebrities they had already displayed, at the end of the In Memoriam tribute, but they didn't have time to, I don't know, replace that with one or two more names??

    THAT does not make sense to me. It would be like watching a pre-recorded sports event laden with slow-motion replays and recaps throughout the game, and then cutting off the airing right before the conclusion of the game because they "didn't have time to finish airing it", how about we cut out some of that RECAP you did and include the remainder?

    I think the academy is grasping at straws to explain away FORGETTING to include someone. That's the first thing that went through my mind, when I realized she had been omitted, that they must have forgotten.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  475. Ibrahim A (Montreal, Canada)

    Certainly, Ms Fawcett deserved to be there. They should include her in next year's in memoriam as a humble way to admit their mistake.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  476. O. Lee

    It was a mistake. No need to bash Michael Jackson folks. They both should have been honored. It's just that simple.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  477. rl cook

    Hollywood is all media and oscar nite is just as much about hollywood itself as it is the actual awards. WHERE WAS Ed McMahon? Like Farrah, he also had the misfortune to die in the same week as MJ and the day after his death really was yesterdays news.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  478. Trish

    MJ was a talented performer, but he was a very very sad and very very disfunctional disturbed individual – this is who society thinks is worth spending so much money and time on?

    March 9, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  479. Dave in Jeff City

    Farrah's exclusion while Jackson was included comes at no surprise. It is typical of Hollywood to forego common sense and logic, while favoring the political correctnessof their membership. They do this even when it defies their own guidelines. Hollywood in general and the especially the Academy will never have the backbone to defy their whacko members and the strange causes they support...

    March 9, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  480. Michael

    Guyz Its michael jackson's fault he got listed.......infact he called from his grave to exclude Farrah......Guyz who cares! After all it did not bring them back to life so i wonder why its affecting you all this much ...ok i get it you all are just so petty or rather pathetic.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  481. Eyesk

    This is a huge omission – leaving out Farrah. A very loved actress. The Academy snubbed her back when she did EXTREMITIES – many people thought she should have at least been nominated for an Oscar for her performance in that. And now this snub.

    On a separate note... also hugely upset at the omission of the performance of the Best Songs. This has always been one of the things I looked forward to with the Oscar ceremony. Instead we get an "interpretative dance" of the nominated musical scores. They were good dancers, but sorry, it did not fill the void, and if anything, made me more aware of what I was missing. And what happened to the usual tribute award (Thalberg humanitarian? can't remember the name...)? This was always an opportunity to not just recognize someone worthwhile, but also high-light how the cinema enriches our world. And there were usually such wonderful memorable speeches tied to these special awards. I understand that Oscar viewership was up this year... whatever, this has to be for me one of the most disappointing Oscars evenings. Should have just gone to bed earlier.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  482. Cheri Landry

    They definitely should have had Farrah Fawcett as she was an actress for over 40 years. They could have added one more name.
    Somebody dropped the ball on this one. Michael Jackson was not an actor & should have been left off. He has been named many times on Music shows as he should be, but Farrah should have been named.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  483. Fred

    So little TV air time, and ratings to worry about. And you have to ask; "What were they thinking?" HA!

    March 9, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  484. Leslie Callstrom

    I am appalled that they didn't mention Farrah and I think they should do something about it. She did many things that she should be remembered for. Far more than a bunch of those other people they mentioned.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  485. Jean-Philippe

    It's Freudian slip, so she can finally get the media coverage she deserved the day she past away...

    March 9, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  486. vl

    That was the first thing I said to my daughter after all of the photos were displayed. And.. why WAS Michael Jackson there. I am a MJ fan but he wasn't an actor. And I noticed that the two in the beginning were unrecognizable (although I know the first was Patrick S.).

    Shame on the Oscars for leaving out such a recognizable actress. At least she wasn't forgotten by her fans.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  487. Alan Deane

    Again, Michael Jackson wasn't a musican, he was a singer, a song and dance man. Even his songwriting, the brilliance often belonged to the great Quincy Jones. Enough with the idolatry, give propers to the proper peeps. And yes, Fawcett should have been mentioned.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  488. H. F.

    I was shocked, SHOCKED, that the Academy didn't include Marilyn Chambers in its "In Memoriam" roll call. She did hundreds of movies too, and for her genre was an icon and huge star . . .

    March 9, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  489. Lynn

    Please tell me where to go or what to do to let these folks know that we are feeling just like the ones who are at the tea parties...enough is enough. Not mentioning Farrah was uncalled for

    March 9, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  490. Angie

    Hey it is what it is – lets move on people.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  491. Candice

    The Academy owes Farrah's family a mega apology. If they can include Michael Jackson & Brittany Murphy...........they were disrespectful in not including Farrah Fawcett & even Bea Arthur.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  492. Roni

    I understand that there are many greats of motion pictures that I would never recognize but this is a public showing, not done for only filmmakers and actors, so why certain people were honored and others totally ignored was beyond me. I turned it off after that and just read who won on the Internet the next morning.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  493. Stacey Conley

    I would have to say...see and hearing a piece on Farrah would have been the most memorable of all...she was real..her courage, strength as she fought for her life..

    Unmemorable..the glitz and glamour of the red carpet... money wasted in an economy where people can barely put food on the table...Hollywood is a joke...

    I am a NICU nurse...our staff saves babies lives, and cares for the parents when they don't survive...23-24 week gestations..I could relate to what Farrah endured...WE SHOULD BE WALKING THE RED CARPET IN OUR SCRUBS

    March 9, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  494. Ryan

    Not to mention Dan O'Bannon (writer of ALIEN) and the great Edward Woodward (The Equalizer)....

    March 9, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  495. Gregor

    Ok, let's move on! The oscars are already too long, too self serving. Yes, I feel a little done out that the academy didn't include everybody....but we can get over this and move on as quickly as possible. I think the oscars should move to pay tv for those who feel the need to watch.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  496. Jen

    Michael Jackson was actually nominated for an Academy Award

    March 9, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  497. Farrah Forever

    No question, Farrah should of been in the clip. 16 theatrical releases, ok maybe some are good and other's aren't but she did contribute to the film industry and should been mentioned. The Academy got it wrong. Just in Case Bruce Davis at The Academy isn't aware of her work..

    Farrah Fawcett Film History:

    1969 – Love is a Funny Thing aka Un Homme Qui Me Plait (Her Role – Patricia)
    1970 – Myra Breckenridge (Her Role – Mary Ann Pringle)
    1976 – Logan's Run (Her Role – Holly13)
    1978 – Somebody Killed Her Husband – (Her Role – Jenny Moore)
    1979 – An Almost Perfect Affair – (Her Role – Herself)
    1979 – Sunburn – (Her Role – Ellie)
    1980 – Saturn 3 – (Her Role – Alex)
    1981 – The Cannon Ball Run – (Her Role – Pamela Glover)
    1986 – Extremities – (Her Role – Marjorie)
    1989 – See You In The Morning – (Her Role – Jo Livingstone)
    1995 – Man of the House – (Her Role – Sandy Archer)
    1997 – The Love Master – (her Role – Hot Date)
    1997 – The Apostle – (Her Role – Jessie Dewey)
    1998 – The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars – (Her Role – The Faucet)
    2000 – Dr.T & The Women – (Her Role – Kate)
    2004 – The Cookout – (Her Role – Mrs. Crowley)

    March 9, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  498. Rolls

    @Robin, he wasn't a child molester and she wasn't an "iconic" actress... give me a break. she deserves to be included but let's not go to far..

    March 9, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  499. Stacy

    The Oscars snub of Farrah, and several other flubs (Tom Hanks -Mr. Ego- not even listing the nominated Best Pictures) just shows once more out out of touch these people are! No, I'm not a conservaive who blames Hollywood-I'm actually a radical liberal, but the people at the academy just continue climbing their high-horse, snubbing all but their fellow members. Farrah should've been there and they owe a public apology to the family and fans! Afterall, they listed a freakin Public relations person!!!!!! GIVE ME BREAK!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  500. Str8 Outta Tx

    michael jackson should not be receiving any attention much less awards anymore. his death has been mourned, and now it is over. i agree that he had some good music, and that it shaped the way most of the music that i prefer greatly, but i dont think he was the 2nd coming at all.
    in fact, i have something else to say...
    am i the only one who noticed that before michael jackson died, NOBODY cared at all. more likely they were all watching him on the news, calling him a child molester, cursing the courts for not convicting him, and HOPING he was going to die soon. now all of a sudden he is dead, and he is recieving all these awards and attention that are totally unwarranted such as "lifetime achievement." it makes me sick that all this is happening just because he is dead.
    please enlighten us as to how michael jackson's influence on MOVIES was "monumental"
    David Daniel, CNN Entertainment Senior Producer:
    No it doesn’t help because Bernie Mac has the same, if not more, rights to be included in the memoriam.

    and for the michael jackson music fans (of which i include myself), i agree that he should be a way...but not at the Oscars. he was without a doubt a pioneer of music and dance. without him, we would not have usher, omarion, chris brown, ne-yo, etc. however the oscars are not the place to be remembering mike, and it shouldnt just be because he is dead.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  501. Mike in NYC

    Lets get something straight folks ... the person that sings the song does not get the Academy Award. The person that wrote it does. Celine Dion did NOT win an Academy Award for the theme to Titanic – James Horner and Jennings did. Michael Jackson was NOT nominated for an Academy Award for singing Ben. The nomination went to the song writers – Walter Scharf and Don Black.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  502. Debbra

    They named Brittany Murphy, (I didn't know who she was until she died) and not Farrah! Every one knew Farrah. How sad.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  503. Ken

    MAJOR fail Oscars, major fail! Stop giving us "stock repsonse" explanations and APOLOGIZE!

    March 9, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  504. godiva de maus

    Well, both were in movies. Both were well known and iconic. It is hard to imagine how those putting this together could remember the one, and not the other, since they both died the same day. And, if as is reported, it was a conscious choice... it's hard to imagine that the oversight would be missed.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  505. Ryan

    Everyones right – MJ terrific and never will be forgotten – IN MUSIC!
    Farrah was dissed by the oscars, she belonged there

    March 9, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  506. Carolyn

    I can't believe they left out Farah and Bea Arthur in the memory at the Oscars. There is no excuse.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  507. MichaelChatt

    Should they have included Farah? Of course they should have. She was an icon in the industry. But then lets face it, these are the people who thought an over done War picture was more worthy of an Oscar than Avatar which, while amazing on it's own, will have a profound effect on how movies are made from now on. It also injected some very much needed energy into the business. Sometimes people work so hard to be "artists" that they miss the art of being human. I think this was one of those cases.Maybe the Oscars are just getting to old to represent what modern art, modern perceptions of art and modern perceptions of artists are about. Disrespecting important figures in your industry to promote less appreciated or less important work isn't good for the industry or art.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  508. TJ


    Natasha Richardson did not die until March 18, 2009 after the Oscars, so she was not shown on last years show.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  509. Luke

    I feel this was a travesty. She was in so many great movies. How could they leave her out.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  510. B in DC

    Michael Jackson wasn't nominated for the song "Ben" the writers of the song were – he just performed it. I think the reason the academy put MJ in the photo montage was to deter an uproar and perhaps riots from the black community. It was sad to see that Farrah's death was in the shadows of MJ's death – everyone called him an icon AFTER his death, prior to that he was considered a freak show who molested little boys.

    Another thing, I can't believe the academy's response to this "we just can't include everyone" – then frankly don't include anyone. Just honor those who passed who have contributed to film in 2009. Done and done.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  511. Mike in NYC

    stingo March 9th, 2010 10:35 am ET – I can see the logic. Unlike Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson was, after all, nominated for an Academy Award (for the song "Ben" – which he performed on stage at the Oscars!).

    Uuuuuhhhh..... get it straight stingo – Michael Jackson was NOT nominated for an Academy Award for Ben. Walter Scharf and Don Black the writers of the song were nominated – Michael sang it.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  512. dimes1

    Nice job academy! Put in non-actor child molester Michael Jackson and leave out Farah. Keep spinning!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  513. Florence

    They did the same thing to Dorothy McGuire at the 2002 awards ceremony and she was actually nominated for an Oscar in 1948 and made numerous movies...good ones. Not sure Michael Jackson should have been there but Farrah didn't really need to be there either if AMPAS thinks McGuire hasn't earn a place.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  514. Sandra Bowen

    This was a horrible error on behalf of the academy. Farrah was a respected actress. Michael was a musician. They had no problem putting writers and directors up there that I've never heard of!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  515. Carmen

    SHAME ON THE ACADEMY!!!! You owe the family an apology. I don't believe this was an omission – feels deliberate.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  516. Chickenhawk

    To the "Bloody Stupid" bloggers who claim Americans can't distinguish movies from television . . . Farrah Fawcett starred in Robert Duvall's acclaimed film, The Apostle, which WAS Oscar-nominated. That year Farrah was nominated on several award shows as well, including Best Actress for the Independent Spirit Awards. While didactic, it's a good film, and she gave an exceptional performance. I'm not a Farrah buff, but a fan of the big screen. So get your facts right before you looks "Bloody Stupid" online.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  517. cc

    WOW, whatever happened to.... "We made a mistake and are very sorry for the ommission of Farrah Fawcett." It appears the Academy producers are not accountable for their own actions! If it was mistake, snub or whatever.... OWN IT and accept responsibility for it!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  518. B. Wagner

    I think it was a disgrace that Farrah was not mentioned at all. Michael Jackson was a huge artist. There is no doubt about that. But Farah was an icon who went through such hell. Just an honorable mention would have been appropriate.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  519. MJ

    But he made Thriller...Thriller.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  520. Emily

    Wasnt Bea Arthur left out, as well?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  521. Zeke

    I'm not surprised, the Academy is joke. I haven't tuned in to the Awards in years and have no interest in doing so ever again.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  522. Lee

    I have to admit, I was a little surprised to see Micheal Jackson in the Memorial segment at the Oscars. After thinking about it though, he did contribute a great deal through soundtracks and short films to the movie industry as a musician. And we have to remember, that he was even larger internationally than he was domestically which included additional movie work that many in America have never seen. I do however feel that Farrah should have been included. She may have done more in the TV industry than film, but she was an icon and appeared in many films. There really was no excuse the Academy could give to why she would be left off the list. Terrible move in my opinion.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  523. Tom

    Peter Boyle was also snubbed during the in memoriam selection, did the academy thing that a clip of him during the horror montage was enough? I believe that the fact that Farah as well as Peter were snubbed is truly regretable and the addition of Michael Jackson was not a good choice after all this was not a "music awards" show.
    The academy has to rethink its selection process for the in memoriam section of the show.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  524. Heidi

    This year's Oscar 'In Memorium" feature was just poorly done. They didn't get their technology in line before the presentation began so the first 3 memorials were hardly visible; James Taylor's presentation was just depressing; the snub to Farrah Fawcett was unforgivable and enough with Michael Jackson already. What was he even doing there?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  525. Gloria Burch Fluker

    Do the math. Take a poll. World wide for that matter, and let the chips fall where they may. No disrespect, but Farrah who?
    These two individuals should not and cannot be compared.
    Farrah did deserve to be included, however, don't go there with the MJ comparison.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  526. Victor

    Farrah and Bea Aurthur both should have been included, as there were both beloved, well known and
    were both in more movies than Michael Jackson was.
    Saying 'There wasn't room' is a cop out –
    I am sure the real reason was they didn't want to include TV people in their sacred Oscar show –
    It was a disgrace.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  527. cherie

    It is sad that that the academy left out Farah. She will be remembered in my life for sure.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  528. Amy

    I think the Oscar's should be ashame of themselves for not mentioning Farrah Fawcet......I can asure you my family and I will never watch the Oscar's again. That was the BIGGEST insult not to mention Farrah. Michael Jackson was not left out and he made only one movie (Ithink) ans not very well at that. I think the Oscar's need to give Farrah Fawcet's family an apology. She was a glowing face in a world longing for brighter days, may she and all others discussed lovingly rest in peace.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  529. chris

    Dom Delouise gets up there and not Farrah? Other than being Burt Reynold unfunny sidekick what exactly makes him more relevant than Farrah? He likes to eat? I like you Dom but on the importance meter you are barely on it. Farrah made an impact.
    "We cant include everyobody" Nonsense. Work your little pea sized brains and Im sure you can figure it out. Maybe you can save time by having the USS Barbara Streisand already on stage instead of her loong entrance. Or one less dance number nobody gives a crap about. Or just shutting Oprah the hell up.

    🙂 Love ya!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  530. Lori

    Not mentioning Farrah was so disrespectful.

    She will always be remembered by those who admired her, loved her & laughed with her.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  531. Janine

    I believe that it was wrong to leave Farrah Fawcett out of the Memorium, she was very famous among all and loved by many. Michael Jackson deserved to be mentioned and not only because of "The Wiz", but because the majority of his videos were short films. The had a story to them and he worked hard to make them into a short movie. This is the reason he was included in the Oscars, because of his genious in making a music video into a movie.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  532. MsMHS

    Michael Jackson DID NOT belong on this list of deceased actors. He was not an actor by any stretch of the imagination. However, Bea Arthur and Farah Fawcett MOST CERTAINLY did belong - was this a pc matter again - remember the black - forget the white. Another case of Hollywood politics from the top down to the bottom.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  533. Alison

    I think it's very sad............ her own death was overshadowed by MJ's and then she is forgotten at the Oscars. Shame on the Academy!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  534. Bryan

    who really cares I cannot believe that this artical has so many posts. The lady was not liked when she was alive so why do you guys care now that she is dead. Same goes with micheal jackson, he was a worthless human being. He made some good songs but he was alos a sicko.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  535. wrlord01

    How can this be? It is a shame but it real is about politics as some one said during an acceptance speech. At first I said, give me a break! But I think they are correct. MJ what a joke! Child molester and drug addict!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  536. Jimmy M

    Sad but true, good point.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  537. Brenda

    The Oscars aren't just for actors. They are for directors, producers, makeup artists, composers and so much more. Michael Jackson was nominated for BEN. Farrah should have been mentioned and the excuse given as to why she wasn't is pure crap. It had nothing to do with Michael Jackson. Why can't people let the man rest in peace?? Making stupid, ignorant comments only makes you sound just that..stupid and ignorant.
    RIP FARRAH AND MICHAEL and the many others we've lost the past year.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  538. stingo

    I can see the logic. Unlike Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson was, after all, nominated for an Academy Award (for the song "Ben" – which he performed on stage at the Oscars!). And people forget that he was an actor as well.

    That being said... Farrah Fawcett still deserved to be up there, just for being a respected actress whose loss was mourned by many fans and colleagues, if not for being an icon of the 70's. It wouldn't have taken more than three seconds to include her. Bad judgement call!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  539. kd

    Could you imagine the uproar from the black community if MJ had been left out? Yes he was a great musician in his day... but he obviously had major problems with drugs, social skills and that fondness for young boys. He died of a drug overdose... yeah let's honor that!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  540. Jamie

    Who cares? Now let's move on.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  541. Joe R.

    The Academy Awards people can't even humble themselves to apologize and admit their mistake – should we be surprised at their elitism? That's why I don't waste my precious time watching the show – a bunch of snobs rewarding their fellow snobs (with a few exceptions of course).

    March 9, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  542. Todlerone

    Problem with my comments...CNN? Yet you let Erik @ 10:26amET post go thru??? What's up?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  543. Mike in NYC

    Jim March 9th, 2010 10:03 am ET – "Michael Jackson was nominated for an Academy Award for the song Ben."

    Actually Jim – Michael Jackson was NOT nominated for an Academy Award. "Ben" was nominated for Best Song in 1972 but the nomination goes to the writers – in this case Walter Scharf and Don Black ... not to the recording artist.

    So again ... MJ's entire "Adademy" resume consists of starring in a piece of crap called The Wiz ... a cameo in MIB II .... and the "bilk the corpse for more money" film "This is It" that was thrown together as an after thought after he was dead.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  544. Leslie

    The academy has lost untold credibility with this selfish stupid decision of leaving out Farrah and Bea and I doubt that its audience will ever feel comfortable watching the Oscar farce again without thinking about the real reasons behind the decisions of who wins and who doesn´t and why!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  545. 1

    where was Heath?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  546. Rudy

    Amazing, even in death Michael is blamed for somehting he had nothing to do with. Well in his defense, Michael starred in the movie, "Whiz", along with Diana Ross. Whiz was remake of the Wizard of Oz with an all black cast. His video "Thriller" has also been recognized in the shortfilm category for its outstanding work. And finally, Michael's song "Ben" was nominated for an Oscar in the Movie "Ben"! I do think Farrah should have been mentioned, they were both talented and gifted artists.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |

    I blogged this same topic the second the segment was over on show night on NYT and the Academy's blog.
    HUGE mistake and disrespect for her talent, her legacy, fans and more importantly her family.
    I can't believe no one caught this. But I'm certain everyone made sure that Mr. JACKO was not forgotten. WRONG!!
    I'm a professional filmmaker and a member of the Academy, and I can't begin to express my level of disappointment in this year's show.
    Borring, poor writting, and cheap content. No art direction or creativity in any of the presentations. So what if Steve and Alec were somewhat funny..? That an Oscar show does not make.
    And don't get me started on how the Oscar to the Best Film was delivered.
    And the new thing I hate the most: "... and the Oscar goes to..." slogan has gone away to "and the winner is". I didn't vote for that and I think is a disgrace for what an Oscar is meant to represent in this industry.

    The economy doesn't excuse BAD production quality.

    I congratulate all the winners for their achievements and what their work means to the rest of us and the new generations to come.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  548. Misty

    I am a HUGE Michael Jackson fan, but when it comes down to making a choice, the movie star should be included over the music star at the Oscars. I don't think I ever saw a Farrah Fawcett movie, but still I've always known who she was. She definitely deserved to be included, and MJ should have been omitted due to this being an awards show for movies/actors.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  549. tina

    the academy totally blew it.
    the second the tribute ended i asked myself where was farrah....
    and you'll remember that when they showed michael jackson they did not even say "actor" – just blank – WTF is up with that? obviously the academy didn't know what to do with him but just HAD to put him in the show

    March 9, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  550. kc

    Thank you CNN for pointing it out to the Academy. Farrah definitely earned a place and should have been honored. It would have been more appropriate for Michael to be remembered during music awards, not the Oscars. Although I think there has been more than enough done for him already.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  551. EMMA

    I don't think either should have been in the Oscar memorium, but it seems like they were just paying their respects to those in the the entertainment business and oops someone was missed, I don't blame the Oscars, shit happens.

    As for Michael Jackson, he was acquitted of all of the molestation charges. After one of the victims father passed away he admitted that he was coerced and the pressue was soooo great that MJ settled out of court to get the entire ordeal pass him. After his passing those that were so critical ike Geraldo, Larry King, admitted they didn't believe he MJ had molested anyone. Getting on the media bandwagon is dangerous. Do your own research before you judge. Judge or you to will be judged.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  552. Angela

    Why the heck are people going off about Michael J? He didn't choose the damn list, nor did he leave Farrah off. I was a fan of Farrah too, and was disappointed that she wasn't added. When Michael's pic came up, I had to think back to why he would be included and all I could come up with was his role in "The Wiz". All the name calling etc, is unnecessary.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  553. Caroline

    The Oscars can go until midnight on a Sunday, have ridiculous song and dance routines, gag commentary in between presentations of the awards, but they could not properly memorialize Farrah because they didn't have time? Eliminate some of the filler garbage, Oscar committee, and pay the respects that are due. No, the Oscars should not be all doom and gloom, but they should be respectful to those all those in the industry.

    I also thought the memorial was rushed, and while I am a huge James Taylor fan, there was something very mundane about his rendition of the Beatle's gem, "In My Life".

    March 9, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  554. Bobby

    Michael Jackson was a great performer and artist but he was not a good person. Farah was not due to be snubbed

    March 9, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  555. Gromit

    Looks like they missed Dominick Dunne too. But MJ over Farrah. That's just stupid.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  556. Andrew

    I couldn't agree more with Michelle below.. I don't know how it was possible, but this feels like it was a complete oversight they're trying to pass off as a decision. Remember, the way they divide workload probably functions similar to other companies. Taking care of MJ just became a huge debate and Farrah got overlooked and not maliciously. She was a glowing face in a world longing for brighter days, may she and all others discussed lovingly rest in peace.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  557. DOROTHY

    I DVR's the oscars and replayed it several times to see if I just missed it. I did not and I am very disappointed as she was a GREAT actress. I miss her and will always miss her. I was about he same age and could relate to her.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  558. mrose61

    Farrah certainly should have been included. While she was not best known for a multitude of film rolls, she was a cultural icon in the entertainment industry and was powerful in "Extremeties."
    This came across as a snub, to me.
    Especially since Michael Jackson was part of the roll call.
    The telecast itself was enjoyable and moved along at a decent pace.
    I particularly enjoyed the personal stories segment which preceded the awards for best male and female lead. I hope that is a return feature.
    I have not yet seen "The Blind Side" but was thrilled for Sandy Bullock to win. She is quite a talented and likeable gal! On a par with George Clooney. Good folks with class and humour and talent to spare.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  559. Lynda

    Logan's Run and The Burning Bed were on long before Jackson made his place in the sun. HONOR FARRAH FAWCET!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  560. Mike in NYC

    Farrah was totally snubbed. The 'I forgot' excuse DOEN'T cut it. Farrah was a MEMBER of The Academy for almost 40 YEARS! While she may have been best remembered for her TV career – she certainly has a list of movie credentials longer than Michael Jackson! I'm sorry ... but making one bad movie (The Wiz) and a cameo (MIB II) while you're alive should not get you recognition at the Oscars!!!! Face it ... the Academy doesn't particularly care for Ryan O'Neil and Farrah doesn't have any more family for them to suck up to!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  561. rob

    This is a prime example of why I don't watch the Grammys anymore, stupid decisions on what to include and what not to include. Knowing about someone who won for Key Grips or for Best Catering Truck !! There is no excuse to bore people during non-famous people get recognition for there rendition of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy!! Have some sense about it. All this negative talk about MJ is sad, he is an ICON no matter how you look at it. Farrah has been in the limelite for over 30 years and Bea Authur even more. This was a very stupid move by the Academy.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  562. JH

    I was shocked watching the Oscars, that Farrah was not included. I yelled at the TV, how could they do that??? Same way I felt on the day and days after of her death... seems she was forgotten before she was buried. Because unfortinately for Farrah, Michael choose to inadvertently OD on the same day. Farrah passed due to a hideous disease that no one would ever choose to have – Michael died due to a weakness for drugs. Academy you screwed up big time this time!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  563. Leslie

    To sum it up.....the idiots in the academy`and the academy who think only about dollars and cents, can be forgotten, but stars that gave us untold pleasure with their work like Farrah will never be forgotten. What an absolute cock-up. Shame on you!.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  564. Lynda

    I'm not a fan of the award shows, just seems to me, its a big hoopla the stars put on to honor the stars. And there are so many award shows that cut into my personal programming – sheesh!!! When do they end? But to leave FARRAH FAWCET and Bea Arthur out of a memorium – and honor to the death Michael Jackson is just plain wrong! What's wrong with this picture???? These ladies should have been noted in that "ceremony". In Fact – because of all the notable people who do pass on – Each and every one of the living can wait just that much longer until those who have passed on are honored! That's what is right!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  565. Steve

    Oscar should be ashamed....

    The Oscars were watched this year by Avatar fans like myself as Jay Leno said last night on the Tonight Show. I hate the Oscars, OLD FARTS. Next Year back to..... I don't care.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  566. tom

    watch out – next year the Jackson's will be nominated for best reality tv series movie spin off – maybe this wel help ease father jackson's financial pain.
    Farah Fawcett deserves to be remembered – she does not need the Oscars bowing down at her – she stands above that.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  567. Yizenia

    @Diane Barris: Peter Boyle died in 2006.

    I agree with Michelle. My guess would be it was actually an oversight and now they're embarrased to say that.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  568. phllygrl

    I am saddened that the Academy left Farrah off the list of those who were honored. Such sad thing. She fought a fearless battle and shared her struggle in an attempt to help others and they put Jackson who died of a drug overdose over her. I felt bad that Jackson died, I know he was a sick young man but he should not have been chosen over Farrah, they both should have been honored!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  569. karen

    Patrick Swayze was the worst. He was the first ,a tiny postage stamp size photo that was gone before you could blink, literally. AND the photo was all blurred. What was that all about. He was a hollywood icon and loved by millions of people. What a shame .

    March 9, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  570. Deenie

    I don't watch awards shows anymore period. There's far too much talk and they're just plain boring. Quite frankly I find some of the award choices baffling and most assuredly undeserved. I fail to understand why a screwed up singer who could dance rates special mention on an awards show that honours individuals in the movie industry. Surely that belonged on a music awards program? Farrah Fawcett was at least an actress who did perform in some noteworthy films and Bea Arthur was fabulous in television, theatre and film.

    Perhaps a little less time spent on speeches, inept intros and inserts of mediocre entertainment would provide the needed moments to include the wonderful actors and actresses who are excluded from what should be their final hurrah in the Memoriam segment of the Oscars.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  571. Julia Nunn

    While I would agree that, given the perimeters for inclusion, clearly Farrah Fawcett should have been among the toasted dead, personally I don't really think this sort of drumroll belongs anywhere near oscar night. The oscars seem to have evolved away from the main idea, which is simply to honor excellence in all aspects of film making. This has become the problem with TV programing in general; there are too many stations, too many hours to fill, and it doesn't seem to matter to anyone anymore how they are filled. Ted Turner was dead wrong; NO ONE should be able to watch the news 24 hours a day! And each program should have a purpose, the way the oscars used to, beyond just holding onto their time slot as long as possible.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  572. Joseph Leff

    To put it bluntly, the Oscar people dropped the ball. They were flat-out wrong!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  573. JB

    How about James Whitmore and Harve Presnell...both have impressive film credits, moreso than Ms. Fawcett.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  574. Russ Martin

    Someone didn't check the list of who died last year. They probably sat around an office and played Trivia Pursuit. Farrah should have been included.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  575. Tyler Davis

    It seems like the Academy goes out of their way to find some boom operator or stand in who died in the previous year, while forgetting someone with as big a name as Farrah

    March 9, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  576. Glad I'd ALREADY quit watching the Oscars years ago

    Thank God, both Farrah & Bea Arthur have risen above and probably don't care about such petty things, but they do deserves FAR BETTER. as probably do others missed.

    Those of us who do recognize their accomplishments appreciate them far more than those who now are in charge of an award that no longer has much merit. As the re-runs play, people who look, will see their talent and dedication.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  577. Lisa

    This isn't about James Taylor people. It is what is right and wrong. Michael Jackson shouldn't have been mentioned and Farrah Fawcett should have.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  578. disappointed

    I will just say I am so DISAPPOINTED that Farrah was not included. She is resting in heaven now and has no worries about earthly things like this, but you should have been recognized.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  579. JimBob

    What do you expect from an organization that included "District 9" in its list of movies nominated for Best Picture?!?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  580. Sue

    Just wrong to forget Farrah. She was part of one of the biggest TV shows from the 70's, sold millions of that famous poster and was a great actress. Michael Jackson wasn't even an actor but he was included on the Oscar show? Just outrageous and very VERy wrong.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  581. wagonis

    Nothing more to be said besides the Academy screwed this one up, that is all.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  582. Operations

    I'm sorry to hear Farrah was snubbed at this year's Oscar ceremony.

    But it has been so long since I've watched the Oscars, that I missed the snub. And it sounds like no loss. Perhaps the ceremonies need to be organized by the business side of the movie industry, and not the actor side. Let the actors decide who gets the awards, but let the planning and politics move out of the hands of the emotionally stunted, and over to people who worry about how the industry appears to it's audience.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  583. Jill

    Farrah Fawcett moved on from Charlie's Angels and did an incredible job in the "Burning Bed," in which she proved herself to be an actress in her own right. She was an actress. Michael Jackson was not.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  584. Sarah

    I didn't watch the Oscars. The show is a big snore and too long. I stopped watching years ago.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  585. BB

    Honoring a Pedofile over a nice wrong!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  586. Jim

    Michael Jackson was nominated for an Academy Award for the song Ben. This is why he was in the memoriam section and Farrah was not. The Oscars is not a celebration of celebrity but of films. I don't think this was a mistake by the academy.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  587. Energizedat50

    In the end, Farrah showed herself to be a classy act, and I'm sure that she didn't mind...

    March 9, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  588. Tammi

    while I can partially understand MJ's death overshadowing Farrah because he was still in the limelight at time of death, I was disgusted with the Oscars Memoriam. MJ was not an actor but they showed clips of him in character from his videos. While MJ was an extraordinary entertainer, this was not the place to overshadow an actual actor. While The Burning Bed was one of her most touching and memorable roles in her career. Yes, the Oscar Memorial was way off on this one!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  589. Frances D. Williams

    What a stunning ommision. If I was in charge, I'd be looklng closely at my staff because somebody doesn"t know what they're doing. FF was a name spoken globally – a gentle kind woman gone too soon. Someone gets the Fickle Fate Finger award

    March 9, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  590. David

    For all the people saying they should have included Peter Boyle as well, Peter Boyle died in 2006.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  591. RG

    Farrah was good enough to present at the Oscars THREE times, but not good enough to be listed??? Boooooooooh to the Academy

    March 9, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  592. laura

    Remember everyone who had ANYTHING to do with movies or no one. This is especially important in light of the obvious snub in not including Farrah!!
    The Academy dropped the ball this year. The people who loved this woman remember her. But to include MJ instead of Farrah was not okay by anyone's book.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  593. Dana Kryka

    It never ceases to amaze me at how shallow and self absorbed most actors/actresses/musicians are. Isn't it enough that they have more money than any of us will ever have, recognition for their talent, and down righ adoration from their fans? Farrah Fawcett was one of the rare TV/Movie stars that NEVER was pretentious or self absorbed. She had more talent than most of the nominees! "The Burning Bed" was her best work, and in my opinion, Oscar worthy. I don't think she needed an Oscar to gage her real talent like so many other actors do. Come on people, real awards need to go where they're deserved, like our U.S. soldiers who are dying every day in Irag and Afghanistan, fire fighters, policemen, doctors, nurses, get the picture.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  594. Jeff

    The academy owes Farrah's family and her fans a public apology for excluding her from the memorial. She was in several movies and her performance in Extremities both on stage and in the film received excellent reviews at the time.

    What is so disgusting is that they would honor Michael Jackson, a drug addict pedofile who did one (very bad) film and not Farrah who was one of the most wonderful human beings on this earth. Shame on the academy and its producers. They could have cut out the horrible opening number and the tedious introduction of the nominees and had plenty of time to include Farrah in the memorial. Then to top it off they give best picture to Hurt Locker? its horrible! Precious was by far a better picture and should have won. Plus the damn show was on for over 3 hours! Wake up academy you need to pull your heads out and revamp this tiring show. Big thumbs down!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  595. kelly

    I love their "Not enough time" excuse. They're saying that incredibly long, BORING, completely lame dance routine thing couldn't have been shortened just a bit??? And that that ridiculously lame dance thing was more important. Geez... Shame on them. They SO screwed up this year!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  596. Jackie

    The academy would have been better off to simply apoligize and say it was an oversight, but to say they have to make a cut-off somewhere is a lame excuse. Farrah was a a fixture in the seventies in both TV & movies. Michael Jackson was a singer who has had plenty of memoriams already done about him (rightfully so), so give me a better excuse academy and apoligize!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  597. Robin

    I think the Academy saying there wasn't enough time is an excuse. They forgot her plain and simple. They didn't run out of time. James Taylor played with a blank screen well before the music stopped. So there was time. I think the Academy simply forgot. How to fix it ? i don't know but it certainly isn't by lying. Farah deserved recognition!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  598. Annie

    If you can't do it right, don't do it at all. The entire show was a major disappointment. Haven't seen a good Oscar show since Billy Crystal was the host. That was entertainment, this was like watching paint dry.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  599. Sharon

    Leaving Farrah out was a huge mess-up on the part of the Academy. I was watching and wondering where she was in the tribute! She was an actress and an icon around the world. I loved Michael Jackson's music, but he has been recognized in his own industry many times over the past 9 months since he died. The Academy owes Farrah's family, friends, and fans a meaningful apology, and not some lame excuse as to why they left her out.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  600. Cheryl

    I can hear Farrah saying, "This is what it's like....."
    I can hear Jackson saying, "This is it".....

    Farrah should have been on the list, no doubt.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  601. sick & tired

    First off I am sick & tired of all the negative comments about Michael and Farrah. They are both dead people and to blame either one of them for something that happen at the Acadmy Awards is the height of ignorance and stupidity. Also to say one is more deserving than the other to be mentioned is also something I would never have fathom from reasonably intelligent adults. Then to really and insult to injury you go after Michael like he his life , his work, and his conrtributions where of little no meaning. Whom ever made the list up for the memoriam may deserve to be question about leaving Farrah of the list, but that is as far as it should go. To be fired, I think not.

    First like several people have already said. It more than just actors, its your contribution to film industry, producers, writers, musicains etc.
    When it comes down to anything, it's the person own opinion that makes the choice as it is with all of us. Weather we agree or not that all it was in that person or persons opinion that was the list the chose.

    When did it become an choice between Michael and Farrah? I don't think it was. To me it just seem it give certain people a perfect excuse to bash Michael, why, jealous, envy ,who knows, but to continue to hound a man after he is gone says alot about the people who does it not about the man himself. Rest In Piece, Michael and Farrah.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  602. juharr

    Maybe MJ was included for all the movies that included his songs?

    March 9, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  603. Lisa J

    To "Robin..."

    Michael Jackson was aquitted of the child molestation charges. That you call him one is judgemental and narrow-minded!

    Farrah should have been remembered also

    March 9, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  604. etc

    Why doesn't someone just own up and say "We're sorry"

    March 9, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  605. Gayle

    Well I think that Farrah Fawcett was a gifted and beautiful woman and for the Oscar's to show all of the other people that passed away and not her just shows you that they dont care. I was waiting and waiting for her picture to show up and guess what? It did not I am sure her family is very appreciative not........

    March 9, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  606. Pask

    I was beyond shocked when Farrah was left out the Memoriam, along with Bea and Ricardo Montelban, I have to disagree with you on the Michael Jackson part; Michael's film contribution goes beyond the three you mentioned. I remember Thriller being reviewed by Siskel and Ebert; he changed the game in music videos which were in a sense mini-movies.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  607. denise

    I think it was in very poor taste excluding Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur. Some of us grew up with these people. Bea made us laugh all the time, and Farrah, well who didn't want their hair to look like hers. Also, Farrah became a very good actress. I
    Academy, if you don't do it right, don't do it at all.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  608. Todlerone

    This is the unfortunate result in a system that allows people (the academy) to tell us what art is best. It's poor results from a poor system. Remeber ET, it lost out to Gandi. Why not celebrate the art of motion pictures and try not to rate them. Can you really say that any one of the best actor/actress roles were clearly better. They were all stellar. Make a list say "3" each year and give them awards. And certainly give the 5 seconds acknowdlegment in death for all people associated with the industry. This could easily be achieved by cutting out ridiculous skits by the hosts.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  609. bh

    I am allaround disapointed in the Oscar's!!! I don't think Steve and Alec wasn't funny and some jokes sounded rude and mean and Ben S get up wasn't funny either.Then they didn't even flash a picture of Farrah and the first to be shown was Patrick S ,but his name was not listed under his pic and the 2nd persons name wasn't under pic so I didn't even know who that person was.Like another blogger said Michael was a musican and dancer so they should have shown Farrah's pic instead of his this is a movie awards show not musical.I was just all around disappointed in the Oscar's,it was boring!!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  610. emma

    Believe it or not, a movie is not all about a leading actor/actress. There are many people behind any movie and this ceremony acknowledges their efforts just as well. Also, I think it's just as prejudiced to say somebody should not be included in a tribute whereas somebody else definitely should. Let's not jump to the conclusion that F Fawcett was left out on purpose and M Jackson did not have anything to do with the movie industry – that would be intentionally mean.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  611. ventura

    Heres just more proof that the Oscar is about politics not talent. This in not the first time and won't be the last that they put there "priorities" before reality.....

    March 9, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  612. emmarose

    it was definitely bizarre. was she considered too much of a joke? i mean charlie's angels was a VERY popular show and her hair and face and smile made her a 70's ICON and we all know it. that red bathing suit picture is still the top selling pin up of all time. she got critical raves for burning bed and some other tv specials and they don't include her? everyone living in the 70's knew who she was. she's iconic. that snub was so petty it's pitiful.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  613. Cheryl

    I can't believe they left out Farrah Fawcett. She was a model and actress. I think the awards owe her family and fans an apology. There no way she should have been left out.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  614. Jenn

    The 4 seconds it would have taken to show her face would have prevented alot of talk...the acedemy really blew it!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  615. Richie

    Why didn't they just put Billy Mays in there while they were at it?

    March 9, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  616. gary

    another missing individual was Bea Arthur... yes she was a TV icon but she did her stint in films as well..
    as far as the MJ debate goes.. he got all the hype when he died OF HIS OWN ACCORD demanding drugs to sleep... and making no real attempt to get off the medications he was prescribed back after the Pepsi accident...his death overshawdowed Farrahs death who made a diligent,concerted and honorable attempt to put a face on her cancer and draw publics attention to the disease.. yet we as the disenfranchised clueless society fall ourselves,cry and many act like total baffoons when MJ dies...please.. yes he deserved to be there but as far as honorable and meaning full.. Farrah and others should have shared the limelight.. Michael Jackson CHOSE to continue using the drugs prescribed over 10 years earlier... Farrah and others did not CHOSE to die...

    March 9, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  617. Ron

    During the horror montage, there was a clip of Peter Boyle shown from Young Frankenstein but no mention of him during the memorium tribute; could it have something to do with the fact he was a Catholic?

    March 9, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  618. Dissapointed

    I feel that if you are going to do something of this nature. Do it right or don't do it at all. Add everyone, or noone at all. I think that all of the awards shows are no more than fake recognitions anyhow. We pay money to see shows, movies and concerts. That should be recognition enough. Farrah was a simple beauty, she was precious inside and out. I feel for the families of all that passed last year. In closing, we all deserve to be recognized before and after we have passed on. Down with Awards Shows.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  619. Barbara

    I'm sure that adding a 15 seconds tribute to Farrah (and she deserved to be included) would not have lengthened the show. Shame on the Academy. This was a gross oversight.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  620. kathy

    Michael Jackson made short films WITH his videos.
    Love him or hate him...the man was BRILLIANT!
    Quit hatin' on Michael.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  621. Tressa

    Wasn't she a stripper or sold her body? Who wants to remember someone like that?

    March 9, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  622. niecie

    Farrah Fawcett was an icon? Since when? She was known by those who grew up during the Charlie's Angels days, but after that, who cares. Young and old people all over the world knew who Michael Jackson was. Really, yes he may have done only 1 movie. So what? His music spoke for itself. Stop whinning, Farrah Fawcett will never be as famous as Michael Jackson. GET OVER IT!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  623. Basil Mann

    This has to be a mistake - an unforgivable mistake. Can you imagine any reasonable group of people actually deciding NOT to include her? No, it had to be an oversight... and who can blame them for not admitting that.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  624. barbara verterano

    I can't believe they did that and left her out. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! How can they do that. I think next year their ratings will go way down.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  625. scott

    shameful!!!!! she deserved better!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  626. Kel

    It was horrible that they left Farrah out but PLZZZ Michael Jackson, a child molester, drug addict was mentioned. It is just what is wrong in this country. We idolize bad people and the good ones are totally forgotten.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  627. Carol

    I totally agree. As much as I love Michael Jackson, and I'm from Gary, IN, he really shouldn't have been mentioned at that time. The academy blew it. I find it hard to believe that her name didn't come up when they were discussing who would be mentioned, therefore, they blatantly chose not to include her. But unfortunately, there's nothing they or we can do about it now, so we may as well let it go.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  628. Michelle

    I am the most loyal Michael Jackson fan you can find, but even I was shocked when Farrah was not included in the segment. I can understand why MJ was featured as he was a tremendous entertainer and the Oscars are the epitome of entertainment, but Farrah should have been mentioned. The same with Bea Arthur and Bernie Mac-I do realize that by MJ passing away only hours after Farrah back in June that the coverage was taken off of her and she was dare I say, almost forgotten. I think at the very least she deserved a mention at the Oscars, it would have been so right and the Academy really screwed it up this time.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  629. Kevin

    I just want to note to some commenters throwing out names like Peter Boyle and Ricardo Montalban. Ricardo was honored at last year's Oscars Memoriam and Peter Boyle died YEARS ago and was honored then. The Memoriam is for those who died in the year between Oscar broadcasts, I thought that was a known fact. So don't drag Ricardo and Peter and other like them into this; they have nothing to do with this years snub, so let them rest in peace. Instead focus on those the Oscars ignored this year, such as Farrah and Bea. And MJ DOES belong there; quit harping on him!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  630. kim

    just tasteless on the academy!!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  631. Hadley

    Shame shame on the academy to include Michael Jackson and exclude Farrah was wrong and insulting, she was a film star and deserved to be remembered by the academy

    March 9, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  632. Cindy

    I noticed this mistake right fact as soon as I saw Michael Jackson, I wondered where Farrah Fawcett was. With such a public spectacle, an error like that is unacceptable. Farrah should have been there, not Michael.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  633. sr

    I will remember her as such a beautiful person who was very courageous and hopeful. Unfortunately she was overshadowed, but by the people who watched her over the years do everything she could to fight cancer – we will remember her as a beautiful soul who tried everything she could to survive. She is now rejoicing in heaven and that's all that counts.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  634. Ann

    Not just Farrah – Bea Arthur should have been remembered. Yes – she did mostly TV. But almost exclusively does not mean exclusively. I grew up watching her as Vera Charles in Mame and she was hilarious. She was in the movies, therefore should be given a picture. That is all that was required. A moment. Wow.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  635. Manda81305

    I feel Michael should have been done at the Grammy show and Farrah at the Emmy show. While Farrah did do some movies, she was more widely known for her television roles and Michael for his music roles. I don't think either of them should have been done at the Oscars.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  636. opeliza

    My teachers always said, "if you don't have enough gum to give to everyone....don't chew it!" So, include 'em all or don't include anyone. Nuf said.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  637. Amy

    I think it was horrible, she was an icon. She deserved to be in that montage just as much, if not more than Michael Jackson.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  638. Pam Dauphin

    I am glad there is somewhere that I can vent my anger and disappointment. The first thing I noticed after the Oscar memoriam segment was that Farah Fawcett was not mentioned at all. After all she endured during her illness and then to die the same day that Michael Jackson. She was pushed into the background at the time of her death and then did not get a mention at all during the Oscar Memoriam segment. Farah certainly had her difficulties in life but she had some memorable times too. Her performance in "The Burning Bed" was an example of talent that was quite often overlooked. Maybe the Academy didn't remember her but I am sure the public does.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  639. Ruth

    Leaving Farrah out was definately a mistake
    She was an ACTRESS !
    She appeared both in then MOVIES & on the BROADWAY STAGE.
    I don't accept the excuse she didn't deserve to be included
    She once said her looks were a detrement she had to work harder to prove herself.
    She did that and I for one enjoyed her work .
    Being the person she was she'd probably not care whether she was mentioned or not.
    Lets just remember her for her beautiful self a smile that melted our hearts a mane of hair we'd all love to have but mostly a life to short.
    Whatever your think remember her for this and not cutting remarks about anyone else mentioned or not after all she was an ANGEL.....
    That wasn't her way...........

    March 9, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  640. JEP

    I sat watching Sunday night thinking, there's a couple people missing here. But unfortunately I couldn't remember who either!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  641. Joy

    I am a big fan of Michael Jackson's but I do not understand why he was plced in the Memoriam. Now I feel horrible that Farrah Fawcett was snubbed but I am upset over the fact they went through Patrick Swayze's picture so fast if you blinked you missed it. In fact I did blink and saw his picture when it was fading away (thanking goodness for Tivo which allowed me to rewind).

    March 9, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  642. Lab1

    I didn't watch the Oscars, and after hearing that Farrah was excluded and Micheal Jackson was included, I'm glad I didn't watch. I am so sick and tired of MJ tributes that I could puke. Yes, he was an exceptional singer, but enough already. And please quit showing all of the Jackson family hangers on, esp. Joe Jackson. He's the worst of the whole lot. Farrah on the other hand got slighted so bad. She was quite a good actress and deserved a spot in the memorial. The Academy should apologize to everyone regarding Farrah, and get their act together for next year.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  643. Melanie Palma

    I think the Acadamy dropped the ball on this one. She was unique and irreplaceable. She was an icon plain and simple. Magnificent smile, gorgeous hair and a talented actress. She, like Marilyn Monroe, struggled to find decent material that didn't type cast her. . She was critically acclaimed for her role in "The Burning Bed" which made a huge impact on my teenage life. Her exclusion was shameful and I am extremely disappointed. Shame on you Acadamy.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  644. Jezus H

    Didn't have enough time in the show? It was about 4 hrs long!!! I'm sure they could have squeezed in 5 seconds to honor Farrah, who showed such courage fighting cancer. Of course, we couldn't give up one second of showing James Cameron, his wife and ex....

    March 9, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  645. Kim

    Farrah wasn't there because she was a television star, not a movie star. Michael shouldn't have been included either. He had a mall role in a 35 year old movie. Music videos don't count. Leave the Farrah tribute to the Emmy's and the Michael tribute the the Grammy's. Neither one belonged in the Oscars ceremony.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  646. Dave

    Like Miss America, American Idol, the Oscars too have reached the end of a line of credibility and likeableness. All three should be retired as they are left overs from a more inocent era when things actually meant something, when honesty was thought of highly, and academy political BS was not as big an influnce. Today the Oscar has been degraded to basically politically correct meaningless junk metal not worthy of either being watches or even received by those that are truly great. There are those out there that make a single movie of questionable content and skill that feel they are worthy and due to politicaly correctiveness are nominated, think they are worthy, yet are nothing more than self generated legonds unto their own minds.
    But then again, this is nothing more than a reflection of our counties ethical standings and we deserve the less than satisfactory nonsince due to our own apathy.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  647. Katie

    Life is short, our main concern should be 'what does God think' and what will he say to us on Judgment Day: Well done my good and faithful servant or depart from me, I know you not? We have many pressing issues in this world then to worry about who's name was mentioned and wasn't. GET REAL PEOPLE!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  648. mary

    Yes, I felt Farrah was slighted. Granted she wasn't a great actress,BUT she was an actress(esp. in the Burning Bed). What did Michael Jackson star in? Also what about Bea Arthur and Henry Johnson?

    March 9, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  649. Sandy

    I think it was a disgrace not to include Farrah and to include Michael Jackson who was not in the movies nor was a movie star. He was a drug addicted musician. How inconsiderate of the person that made this decision

    March 9, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  650. Gary

    The Academy got this wrong. As many have mentioned, Michael Jackson was not an actor; the public knows this; why not the ACADEMY???

    March 9, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  651. carol

    Bea Arthur and Farrah Fawcett should have been remembered -absolutly. MJ should be remembered at music awards.
    And, I wish people would get off the legally proven false accusations directed at MJ.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  652. kate

    People get real, it doesn't matter in this life. The main concern should be what does God think and how will you be judged by God on judgment day. We worry about things that aren't really that important. We have so much suffering and evil in the land that our priorities are twisted. GET REAL PEOPLE!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  653. Alex

    Did they simply forget or didn't know? Of course not!!! They simply decided not to include her. To me, this was a good thing. It shows to the country the kind of minds that produce our entertainment.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  654. David

    I think Farrah should have been included. However, I take issue with those who say Michael had no association with motion pictures or the Academy. He has received an Oscar nomination (Best Song for Ben) and his This is It concert movie (2009) was the highest grossing concert movie ever (>$250million).

    March 9, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  655. William

    Not in the least.
    White people have been passed over for less deserving people of color for the last 50 years. Come to Atlanta, GA and see this wonderful practice in full view in our city and state governments..

    March 9, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  656. Joe

    Stop calling Jackson a musician. He was NOT. He did not play one instrument. Farrah should have been there. Not jackson.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  657. krys72599

    I think omitting Farrah Fawcett was a HUGE miss on the Academy's part – there was enough talk when her death was basically ignored once Michael Jackson passed (and this is not a slam against MJ). Frankly, unless he or she is a big name producer or director, how many of the millions of viewers would know those people labeled "executive"? Their families and friends would want their loved ones memorialized; wouldn't Farrah's?

    March 9, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  658. Lori

    I think it's great that they remember the people that have passed over the year. But it's a shame they didn't include Farrah, I would have rather have seen her on there then Michael Jackson. I wouldn't expect the grammy's to put Farrah on their list so I don't think the academy should include a singer (Michael) on theirs. But then again I didn't watch the show. It's not like it use to be years ago. It seems like now you watch and they read the names, and before they said and the winner is? You already know, it's not a suprise. Can you say boring!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  659. marc

    Whether folks like it or not the facts are that Michael Jackson does have acting credits to his name. There was the film "The Whiz", "Captain EO" and an episode of the "Simpsons".

    March 9, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  660. Jon S.

    To say nothing of the fact that the Awards were boring. Not a single surprise among the major awards. This show is heading for oblivion.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  661. Michael

    I can't believe we are really having this conversation. Farrah's fame was from TV acting. She should be remember in the Emmy's like Bea Authur. She did maybe five movies, but left her mark through television.

    Michael Jackson though only being in the same number of movies as Farrah. Did a good amount of music work in movies that I can understand why he was included. I disagree, but can understand.

    Both Farrah and Arthur should be given their light in the Emmy's where they made their mark.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  662. Jim

    They should be ashamed of themselves. Farrah gave some incredible performances in her movies, (i.e. The Apostle, Extremities, Burning Bed). I just can't believe this was unintentional, come on this is their profession and they are professionals, right? I guess arrogance and ignorance do go hand in hand.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  663. The Dude

    THANK you for pointing this out. I could not figure out why MJ was even on there other than pandering to the least common denominator of intelligence.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  664. Roxann

    Well, they totally messed up big time!!!!! They should have included Farrah. I can't believe that they thought it was more important to include Brittany Murphy over Farrah, (nothing against Brittany, but come on!). If their answer is that there wasn't enough time to include everyone, they they should have cut that section on Horror Films and included EVERYONE!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  665. mer

    A shameful oversight. Surely it was a mistake, and not a purposeful exclusion.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  666. Norah Mc Nulty

    Absolutely unacceptable behavior, the committee should be ashamed of themselves and have the decency to resign.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  667. Angela M. Lento

    This was inexcusable. Can you imagine what kind of catacylsmic backlash we all would have had from the Jackson Family if he (Michael) wasn't mentioned??? Leslie Unger is the new President of AMPAS, please google the address and give her or him a piece of your mind.

    It will be a long time before I watch another Oscars ceremony. They really need to do some damage control and quickly!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  668. Brian

    The Academy has always played favorites and always will. Last year, Brad Refro was left out of the 'In Memoriam' section, presumably because of the cause of death (drugs). Yet its still unclear whether Brittany Murphy was using prescriptions drugs for recreation or ujst irresponsibly taking WAY too many pills for any normal human. Still, there she was.

    Leaving Farrah Fawcett out and inclduing Michael Jackson was likely just a ratings/popularity ploy. Give the nod to the mega-star and not to the 'tv star'. Sadly, it backfired. The Academy did little more than show its true colors and leave a bad taste in a LOT of mouths.

    And I agree... James Taylor's performance, while decent, was just inappropriate. It added nothing. The usual orchestra music played in the background is MUCH better suited for something like this.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  669. #G_Cydia

    You really care if Farrah was left out of the Oscars Death Montage? It affects you that much? Were you sitting there, watching the awards, and thinking to yourself "Boy am I enjoying this show. Now lets clap for people who died!" gimme a break. This is another thing for you to elevate this woman over MJ, in reality there is no such contest. MJ was way bigger than Farrah, not only in music, but I'll remember "The Wiz" way more than...what was here movie? The Burning Bed? Cannonball Run? Please. You didn't like Jackson before he died, and now you are attacking him in his death. Very classy.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  670. samantha

    Obviously the Oscar organizers have no idea what is important in the eyes of the public. They are focussed on the wrong things. Yes Farrah should have been included. Better yet come up with a better explanation as to why she was excluded. I do not even watch or care about the Oscars but the general population does and that is who you should be serving.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  671. Naes

    Lee March 8th, 2010 3:58 pm ET
    They were jumping on the Michael Jackson is messiah/he died too young band-wagon.

    You are joking right?

    March 9, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  672. The L

    "This is it" grossed more than all of Farrah's movies put together. Unfortunately, this is enough to exclude Farrah and include Michael.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  673. SK

    I agree that Farrah should have been included, but Thriller was a video masterpiece. The first of its kind

    March 9, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  674. Bosley

    Wow. Look at this. Over 95% of comments are in agreement. This almost NEVER happens!

    Perhaps there is hope for us as a nation. There ARE people who know right from wrong.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  675. Angie

    Cause you know there's a kid right now thinking:

    "I want to grow up and become an actor, just like Michael Jackson"

    March 9, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  676. dietpepsi

    Oh, my. I didn't know this. Farrah was a wonderful movie actress. (MJ – not so much.)

    It would take just a second to honor each and every one that died.

    Don't they have the Internet?

    March 9, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  677. gerry perry

    typical hollywood, heros are never given their due. And believe me,compared to Michael Jackson, Farrah was a true Hero. Hollywood, come to think of it, you are a joke. Idiots!!!!!! Take your oscars and ...................quite watching a long time ago, used to be very entertaining, note, I said used to be.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  678. DChamp

    Complete idiots, the people that would include MJ and not Farrah!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
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  680. Plain Plains

    Her omission was a very sad gaff, and grotesquely conspicuous during the ceremony. I certainly appreciated that Jackson was acknowledged, but there were several others honored whom I had never even heard of (perhaps I should have?). Fawcett did some fine film work in her later years.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  681. marjuscat of Ohio

    Excluding Farrah Faucet in the memoriam for a simple reason that they cannot include everybody only reflects the incompetency and lack of gratitude of the people that run and manage the academy.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  682. Sarge

    This was distasteful and not only behalf of Farrah and Bea Arthur but many who have left this world. If the academy can't name everyone. maybe they should stop doing it altogether.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  683. Kim

    They dropped the ball for sure. Maybe she was more of a "TV" star than a "movie" star but she was a big part of Hollywood and should have been remembered. MJ, without ever meaning too, over shadowed her death and now her rememberance.....Shame on the Academy.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  684. Kia Johnson

    whoever called michael jackson a child molester go to hell. give the man a break!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  685. John Lussow

    How about Bea Arthur?

    March 9, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  686. johnson

    yeah they forgot about bea arthur too.... along with everyone else apparently

    March 9, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  687. Rhonda

    quite shameful, I noticed she wasn't recognized right away also.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  688. Al

    John Ritter was someone who also came to mind

    March 9, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  689. Lisa

    I thought excluding her was elitist. If I recall Farrah received awards or critical acclaim for her role in the Burning Bed. To be honest over the years I never agree with what movie they pick as the best movie, etc. Maybe its a an "artsy thing". Of all movies/people nomiated this year I only saw Avatar & Blindside. Both were incredible.
    My hubby loved Farrah, so much so, our daughters middle name is Jill, after her character in Charlie's Angels.
    She was beautiful and timeless.
    Exclusion was rude & snubby & they knew it was when they put together the memorium film.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  690. sara

    Yet they failed to mention that Micheal Jackson was a child molester, You know he is rotting in HELL & didnt get to look down at the awards like Farrah did

    March 9, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  691. Anon

    I think that it was unfortunate that Farrah was not included in the Oscar memoriam. But this article is out of place in attempting to create a 'flame war' by putting Michael against Farrah. If she was omitted either intentionally or not intentionally let that be the topic of discussion. Whether MJ should have been mentioned at the Oscars, on BET (inappropriate!) or elsewhere was not the issue. The majority of other folks presented in the memoriam (such as a person who held the boom mic for the filming of 'Gone With the Wind' or the person who was a Disney colorist on 'Pinocchio') were not recognizable by the everyday average person. Certainly MJ is recognizable over the world–in countries where people don't even speak English, they can say Michael Jackson. Although Farrah did not have that level of fame (only the few and rare ever have or ever will) she should not have been left out. But don't put this on MJ–put this on the Oscar Academy. They were both gems and are both gone–let them rest in peace!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  692. DM

    While it is totally rotten that the Academy completely ignored Farrah and Bea, Michael Jackson -did- win an Oscar for the song Ben from the movie of the same name.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  693. Katie

    I cant believe they included Michael and not Farrah. I mean they died just a few hours apart. It's not like they forgot about her. What were they thinking? If I had a choice between the two, I would choose Farrah. Michael was a dirty and disgusting petaphile. Ewww....Poor Farrah. She deserved so much more than what she got in the end.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  694. Brian

    And to all of you that have 'convicted' MJ, show me your proof!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  695. Beth

    The Academy had no more time/room for these actresses, yet they had enough time to include a recap montage of those they had already shown. Shame on the Academy.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  696. TMar

    What makes this an even worse snub is that Farrah was a member of the Academy for over 40 years!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  697. Dee

    I knew there was a reason I didn't watch this bs show.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  698. beth

    Why on earth do all these commenter drag MJ's name into the mistake by the Oscar Academy? Let MJ rest in peace. MJ did not ask to be included in the list of Memoriam nor does he even care. He is dead and let him rest in peace. To those MJ's hater, use a bit of common sense when posting. Direct your blame to the one responsible for the ommission, NOT to the dead who did not ask to be included. Leave MJ in peace. Bringing his name into the issue is plain stupid and low.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  699. Brian

    This should not be about excluding Michael, as someone mentioned he was nominated for an Oscar for Ben, and he was just in one of the biggest grossing documentaries of all time.

    It indeed should be about Farrah not getting her due. The segment should have been just a little longer. That is all.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  700. Hyde

    Mike was a child molestor. Farrah was not. How hard is that to figure out?

    March 9, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  701. Glen

    Didn't they forget Mel Ferrer last year also?

    March 9, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  702. Figueiredo

    The simple fact that so many people thought "where was Farrah?" at the end of the tribute is substantial evidence that they got it wrong.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  703. Judy Wilhite

    This year's Oscar ceremony was a complete failure in my opinion ... boring and definitely poorly planned and managed. Fawcett totally earned her right to be included ... the Academy needs a new planning committee. Fawcett's contribution and sincere efforts in her acting career certainly earned a more prestigious recognition than Brittany Murphy would have had in 20 years. Who decides this stuff? It's time for them to go home and watch like the rest of us ... until the quality of the Oscar ceremonies has been restored, don't count on my watching future ceremonies.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  704. Amy Sherif

    I watched the Oscar's just last night on a replay and thoughh ..hmmm OK..Did i miss Farrah Fawcett?i was there ready with tears on hold for everyone we lost ....Farah Fawxett was and will be always a name the whole WORLD will know., not only was she a mega star and an American dream girl bur for us in Egypt she was a beauty made in USA...and i guess forgotten by USA.Farah RIP.There will always be one Farah Fawcett we shall always remember..A true Chalie's Angel.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  705. Beth

    I didn't even notice that Farrah was not included in the section.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  706. Joseph

    Another name that was absent, was Ed McMahon. Granted, he wasn't a "MOVIE STAR", such as was Farrah, but he was famous for being second banana to Johnny Carson for many years. And, Like Farrah, his death was overshadowed by Micheal Jackson's. (They all three died close to the same date)

    March 9, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  707. pistachio

    I noticed immediately when they were showing celebrities who passed away last year that Farah wasn't mentioned. I don't care who else was on the list mentioned but she definitely should have been on there. I myself never heard of Natasha Richardson or Brittany Murphy until they passed away and I saw it on the news but I don't think there is a living soul who hadn't heard of or seen Farah Fawcett pictures, movies or TV show, so how did those other people get on there and not her?? No excuses for the people who make up the list. It was a horrible oversight and slight on their part.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  708. shell

    I could forgive not including Farrah if they hadn't included Michael. I am a huge fan of his but this was wrong and heartless. I guess jealousy of her is still strong even in death.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  709. English Student

    @mary patitsas

    Your point was well taken, but...

    "should of" or "should have"?

    "would of" or "would have"?

    March 9, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  710. Terry

    What about James Whitmore, Ricardo Montalban and Patrick McGoohan?

    They were also left off the list along with Bea Arthur and Farrah Fawcett.
    Shame on the Academy....MJ????? what great role in a move did he ever play????

    March 9, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  711. GT

    Leaving Farrah out was a HUGE mistake. i noticed it right away. Forget about the MJ inclusion (although that was pointless), she should have been included for her body of work (film, theatre and television) and ICON status. It is outrageous that she was excluded. She was incredible!

    We love you Farrah!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  712. Mr. X

    I think this was intentionally done. There is no way that someone forgot that Farrah died. She died the same day that MJ did. Shame on the academy for this.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  713. Deborah

    They can't include everybody? She wasn't just anybody. How can she not make the cut or be forgotten while putting the segment together? Farrah was a huge star and she turned out to be an excellent actress. Another few seconds in the montage would not matter one bit. It was a shameful oversight.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  714. Elizabeth

    Now I know why I don't watch any of the award shows. They would rather show Michael (Pedophile – Musician) than Farrah (actress).. Need I say more.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  715. Jae

    It is a shame that Farrah was left out of the memoriam but for the love of God, please give the "Michael Jackson was on the list but not Farrah a rest". It is not Michael's fault that the academy left Farrah off the list. The Academy messed up, pure and simple. It was either an accident or done on purpose but whatever the reason, the show is over and done.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  716. Sean

    Michael Jackson's #1 single "Ben" was nominated for an Academy Award in 1972, and he performed it during the ceremony. Was Farrah ever nominated?

    March 9, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  717. Raina

    It was so simple. Include Michael – include Farrah. Exclude Farrah – exclude Michael.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  718. MJ

    Yeah – Farrah should definitely have been there, Michael was debatable. But to include him and not her – cause 'not everyone can be included' is bull. All it would have taken is a 5 sec picture of her. No – they were afraid to piss off the black people by not including a guy who is much loved even though he has nothing to do with movies.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  719. Farrah&BeaFan

    That's a new low for the Oscars – snubbing the dead. Boy, that academy is something else!

    March 9, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  720. Jim, Honolulu

    What a tremendous shame. To honor Jackson, who was a non-entity in the movie industry, and ignore Farrah (and Bea Arthur for that matter) was an insult to the entire industry and the country. Even if you ignore the fact that Farrah and Bea both lived honorable, exemplary, and stirring personal lives, unlike the shameful, psychotic life Jackson lived, and it's doubly stunning. Once again, it's been shown that even the Academy can be bought and influenced by its own fascination with celebrity.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  721. Bill

    To the Academy, You of ALL Organizations should understand that "One picture is worth a thousand words"!! I'm sure you could have put pictures of all those who passed away during the year on the Screen and simply acknowledge their passing. If you want to do individual clips for specific celebrities you can still do it.
    Put Thumbnail photos on the screen while playing Kenny G!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  722. captain art

    The Oscar Award big shots left out Farrah but gave credit to some plastic looking child molester.Shame on you!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  723. Mark McDonald

    I don't watch the Oscars, probably never will. I've always seen acting as a sort of nepotistic-cannibalism. These are people that just don’t seem to play well with those to whom they have been hired to entertain. So I’m not surprised they forgot Farrah. In many ways I can’t blame them. Too many people think of them as Grecian Gods. The fact remains If the industry fell out of existence, Tom Hanks would just be one of the guys, just another empolyee at a car wash or something. Granted, it would probably turn out to be a great place to with Hanks sense of humor, but it would be a car wash just the same.

    So where’s Farrah?

    You don’t really want me to answer that do you?

    She’s in the hearts and minds of a very few, but these are the few that count the most, those that knew her personally and loved her dearly, not as an actress or a sex symbol, but as something far more important, as a person.

    This is Farrah’s last hurrah, the last time her name and memory will be invoked at large gathering at the feeding frenzy of award shows like the Oscars or the Golden Globes.

    This time, she really is free.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  724. Audra

    They had time to show one more name because after they ran the names the first time they did a re-cap. Michael Jackson was in two movies The Wiz and MIB 2 (for about 10 seconds)...he mostly contributed to sound tracks of movies. Farrah's name should have been mentioned without a doubt. She was on TV and in movies long before Brittany Murphy was even disrespect to her.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  725. Kim

    Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur are remembered by all of us. It is shameful that they forgot to include them in the ceremony. They will double check their list next year won't they?

    March 9, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  726. Alex

    Obviously a major malfunction in Oscar-Land. Just another FAIL which makes the Oscars (and other award shows like GRAMYS for that matter) more mediocre year after year. Sad

    March 9, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  727. show dog mom

    Ed, Santa Fe:
    Michael Jackson clearly never "molested" any children! He was a child himself, dummy.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  728. Mark Zunic

    Disgraceful .... They should make a humble, public apology....

    March 9, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  729. wb

    Nobody is bashing MJ. But what about Farrah!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  730. Dick

    It simply reflects the continued dumbing down of our society. When the first person at the Academy was asked why Farrah was not included, they said;

    "Farrah Who?" Then they had to go and find out who they were talking about.

    And we pay these folks millionns even billions to entertain us with what they think and imagine.

    Read more books, go back to the classics and leave these undereducated geeks to their own morass.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  731. Lisa

    One more name would have added what, a couple of seconds!!?!?!?!?!? RUDE! Michael Jackson was not an actor and should not have been included on this list! RUDE RUDE RUDE! I don't understand ... how sad for her family and ALL of those that there was NO TIME for!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  732. lil_tink

    How many times has MJ been remembered? From the special tributes, books, special edition magazines to a movie based soley on him. How many times has Farrah been honored? Personally, other than the news and maybe a magazine or two, I can't think of a single instance, in which, a tribute was paid to this beautiful American Icon. I don't see any movies coming out based on her life. Shame on the Academy for not including her "In Memoriam".

    March 9, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  733. Travis

    I think it's regrettable that the Academy omitted Farrah - but then, I also believe it's very likely this was a cheap PR tactic on their part to continue the discourse on the Awards...and THAT'S really creepy.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  734. Alex Phillips

    It may have already been mentioned on this page, but Beatrice Arthur didn't make the cut neither, surely there was room for a Golden Girl.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  735. Mike in San Antonio

    A snub? You bet, 100% and the Academy should be ashamed. BTW...Michael Jackson STILL dead...more news of this sbreaking story at 11.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  736. Elliott

    There is plenty of fluff and filler in the ceremony that could be cut to make the "In Memoriam" segment a little longer and inclusive.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  737. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Child molester Jackson gets a nod but Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur get ignored.

    Molester made ONE rotten movie.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  738. stephanie

    what about Bea Arthur?? she wasnt mentioned either. thats sad that the oscars would include a known child molestor instead of 2 iconic actresses

    March 9, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  739. Steve Hamilton

    The Academy Awards is a lame show anyway, just a bunch of self-absorbed actors patting themselves on the back. Yes, they dissed Farrah, Bea and several others I'm sure but there are other, more significant ways to memorialize people we love and admire.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  740. Mark Silvers

    They didn't include DeForest Kelley when he died years ago. Obviously, not the first (or last time) this will happen

    March 9, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  741. Cedric

    Ok they left out Farrah Fawcett, Bea Arthur and a few others so why are you all bashing MJ? If memory serves me correctly did he not have something to do with the score to "ET" the movie? Even so he did not asked to be included. I cannot believe so of these comments on here. So they made a mistake........please get over it. I am sure WE will remember her and the others who had made an impact on our lives. ..small or large. I think they are humans as well.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  742. janice

    Shocking, not to include Farrah, half of the people they put up on the memorial most of us didn't even recognise.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  743. andy

    The Academy is known for major screw ups. They gave Best Picture AND Best Director to The Hurt Locker. That's 3 strikes in one show. You're OUT, Oscars! Hit the bench...

    March 9, 2010 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  744. MCL

    Michael Jackson was a child molester !!!!!!!
    He was so fake, NOT a movie star, and he
    was a drug addict...............
    Farrah died of cancer...............What is show
    biz coming to?

    March 9, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  745. Kate

    We the people, who really count, remember her with love.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  746. Adrienne

    First, Burning Bed was a television movie. A great movie, but still a tv movie. Second, both of them "deserved" to be mentioned, MJ and FF as well as Bea Arthur. She was around before both of them. I am still miffed with the Oscar-people for leaving Brad Renfro off two years ago when he died a little over a week after Heath Ledger. He was excellent in The Client and I believe he was nominated for an Oscar. Yeah, he led a troubled life afterwards, but don't they all??? Let's not take away from one to uplift another. All of them deserved to have there photos flash for that one fleeting moment. The Oscar-people should at least include the ones they skipped in the following year's show. They can leave out all that extra praise for the nominees. Save that for a People Magazine.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  747. Tim

    I believe the Academy just blew it, and are afraid to admit that Michael Jackson did overshadow Farrrah...very sad...

    March 9, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  748. Teresa

    Everyone says what about Farrah? but what about Heath Ledger? He won an Oscar last year...He was in movies but was never mentioned...

    March 9, 2010 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  749. Movie Fan

    Next yearl I will NOT watch the Oscar's because of the lack of respect to someone who DID DO movies while they honored a MUSICIAN.

    Say what you want in their defense but they screwed this one up all over a few seconds it would have taken to make it right.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  750. Karen

    It was right to include Michael Jackson because he was one of the
    biggest entertainers the world has ever seen and had to be rembered. On the other hand it is scandal that Farah Fawcett was not included, though I think they did not do it on purpose and simply forgot her. Which is terrible enough.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  751. Lisa

    Wow, so many comments. just thought I'd make mention as you scroll on down furthur and furthur,......that the MJ lovers have now decided that his music videos are MOVIES. Wow. Talk about reaching for the stars.
    Do research people...Michael dubbed his video as a short movie. Just like he dubbed himself King of POP. At most that music video would be concidered a "scene". A movie has to introduce you to the characters, show relationships between the characters, and have abeginning, a middle, and an end. It wasn't a story. It was a bunch of people dancing, in great make-up, with great moves.
    The great thing he had going for himself, is that he could afford to hire incredible directors to help put it all together, while most artist's can not......not only could he pay them to do this job, his public name had yet to be tarnished, and he was an up and coming singer well known, so the movie giants didn't mind having fun on the project with him. Lets not forget one thing about MJ and this music video, please note that while he ws unreal in it. One of the hottest music videos ever, it took a movie director, producer, and a team of choreographers to turn it out. Not saying MJ isn't great, but just remember that his best, most loved, and famous work, was group effort. Just like the oscar nominee song Ben. He didn't write it, he just sang it. We are the World...again was a colabiration of Hollywoods biggest names, and the music industries biggest names. He had 2 of the most heavy hitters in the music indusry work and create We are the World with him. The film "This is it," isn't a movie. It was slapped together footage of rehearsals, that they filmed in advance knowing it would become a dvd at one point as the "Special Feature" section when they put his concert tour Live on DVD. Problem is that he died, and those plans went to mud, so made what was ear marked as the Special Feature become all they had....clips of his rehearsal pieced together, to give us an idea of what that tour may have been like.
    I say that the next MJ photo shots we get in his next honor, are the police mug shots from his various arrests.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  752. FLEXX

    Terrible! these bastards did not mention her! what a disgrace!! bunch of idiots...

    March 9, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  753. sk

    farah an icon?????? huh??? Yes they should have included her.

    sorry she was know for her looks more than anything else. Quite bashing MJ. He just outshines everyone. He is a legend.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  754. Deb

    The Academy screwed up. Period. The fact that they won't apologize for the omission makes it twice as offensive.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  755. Jack

    Michael Jackson was not an actor nor a musician but an entertainer. I don't think there was a conscious decision to leave Farrah out – I think she was simply overlooked.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  756. ladybard

    I think as many have said, they just dropped the ball and missed them both. There is more than enough time to cover everyone. You don't have to spend more than 5-7 seconds on a picture, so in a 2-3 minute song, that's 20-30 pictures right there. Add in a little longer song, and you can do any number of photos. Just cut back one or two jokes and there are a couple of more extra minutes.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  757. Tina

    My late brother, Anthony Lee, was an actor who made more movies than Michael Jackson. After he died in October 2000, he was not, nor did I expect him to be, in the memorial tribute. HOWEVER, I was offebothered nded that both Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur were not included. If they can show actors from earlier eras that most folks did not recognize and those who were simply associated with entertainment (Arrny Arched), would it have killed them to add a couple of more clips? I agree that less time for interpretive dances for original score would given them a few more minutes.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  758. Laur

    They made a big mistake by leaving Farrah out. I hope it was really just a mistake and not an actual decision. Farrah was an icon and did some notable movies. We didn't even know half the names of the people that were on there. What a shame. Rest in peace Farrah.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  759. Don

    We were sad the day that Farrah died, but within hours the media were ignoring her death and fixating on the pervert. Why would anyone be surprised that she would be ignored at the Oscars in preference to this slimeball who slept with little boys ????

    March 9, 2010 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  760. Joel

    What about BEA ARTHUR?!?!?!

    March 9, 2010 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  761. iBob

    They are both dead and I really don't think either one of them cares at this point.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  762. Chicago Ray

    Screwed by Hollyweird in real life so why not in death as well? Left off because she was one of the decent people in that alternate universe.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  763. Donna

    Its the epitome of tasteless when the Oscars couldn't even acknowledge Farrah Fawcett. She was pushed aside shortly after her death when news of Michael Jackson broke – then again on Oscar night.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  764. wanwan

    FF's main fame came from TV. I think the Emmy's should be the place for a tribute for her.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  765. Madelein

    Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur should have been included! Shame on the Academy!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  766. Laura

    Is there anyone who did not know who Farrah Fawcett was? From TV commercials, TV shows, to her unforgettable poster (and hair) and movies, if you didn't know who she was you haven't been entertained for the past 30 and some odd years. It is unacceptable that she was left out....period. No excuse for this omission would be acceptable.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  767. YS

    whomever put this year's tribute together seriously failed to acknowledge all the right people. Michael Jackson instead of BEA ARTHUR???????????? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? MJ may be a legend in the music industry but he's already gotten more than enough attention everywhere else. Bea arthur deserved TWICE as much time on that tribute than him and it's sad that they completely shun her. And of course they forgot Farrah...that's just confirms how little the producers know. Next year cut the damn drawn out speeches in half and pay attention to the people who deserve a moment to be remembered! Trust me, the people who win will have lots of opportunities to kiss butt after-wards.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  768. anonimous

    to all the MJ haters, go to hell, no he was not crazy, yes he had a skin disorder , and no he was not a child molester, ignorant people in the US

    March 9, 2010 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  769. David C. Browne

    Amazing... you would think with all of the writers and double checks to make sure everything is correct, they could omit a fine actress as Farrah! Especially when she died of cancer and Michael Jackson died of an overdose! Same on you academy!

    March 9, 2010 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  770. Suzy

    First off, the argument "MJ wasn't an actor" isn't really relevant, because not only actors are mentioned in "In Memoriam". He did have some connection to the film industry and the Oscars (like many people pointed out he performed a song nominated for an Oscar in 1973). As an artist and entertainer he was far bigger than Farah Fawcett, also he had a lot more talent, creativity and was a lot more influential in his field and entertainment in general than Farah. No disrespect to Farah, but that's the truth.

    I also have to add that Farah may be an "American icon", but MJ is a world-wide icon. I am not American. Ask a kid on the street in my country who is Farah Fawcett – most probably he won't know. Ask him who is Michael Jackson – he will know and most probably he will be able to sing some of his songs.

    Now, the question is whether his field is something that has to do with the film industry. I think you can see it either way. I don't see it as wrong to include him in "In Memoriam", because he was such a major entertainer and I think he had a cross-over influence in showbusiness. His videos, which he called "short films", were ground-breaking and many Hollywood directors worked with him, such as John Landis, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese.

    Having said that, I can see why it pains people that Farah was left out. She shouldn't have been. But that has nothing to do with Michael Jackson. When I saw the title of this article I so knew before opening it, that at the end it will be about Michael Jackson. Because this is so typical from the media. People and the media are whining: "Oh, we have had enough of MJ" bla-bla, yet they are the ones talking about him. In that "In Memoriam" video he appeared for about 5 seconds, now you guys are talking about him for hours and days.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  771. Twilight

    This is a big joke. Farrah was an icon. To skip her in this list is a travesty and speaks more to the people who created the list than to her rightful place in this list.

    Hire new gugy who are more in touch with public opinion.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  772. SD

    The Academy should be embarrassed. Their arrogance at their mistake is shocking. We all loved MJ, but it seems absurd that you would include him in the reel and exclude Farrah and Bea as well.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  773. C. Carol

    The academy's excuse of limiting the memorials to only 30 persons is arbitrary and capricious. And stupid, insensitive, take your pick. So Farrah wasn't a huge movie star. Neither were a lot of the people listed in the memorial last night, who were some of those people anyhow??

    Including Farrah would have been the right thing to do – period! The academy screwed up and they should acknowledge that and apologize to her surviving family, friends and many, many fans.

    Right now, they've lost some of my respect. This was beneath them and shame on them for this bad decision and even worse, a lousy dismissal when they got called out for it.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  774. charlie

    I am still waiting for the academy to apoligize to Farrah's family and fans for not mentioning her name while remembering the famous stars that have left us this past year. SHAME ON YOU FOR SNUBBING HER!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  775. Debra

    Its a shame when a Hollywood icon such as Farrah Fawcett is not mentioned in memoriam, but you have an accused pedophile mentioned who has not contributed to the movies. Please do not misunderstand, Michael Jackson was a music genius, but to mention him and not Farrah Fawcett is totally out of line. The Academy got this one totally wrong and has some serious explaining to do.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  776. Fredric Erirc Stair

    The man cant sing, cant dance, he is dead! but what can WaltDisney do that MJ cant do anymore?

    Yeah, touch little boys! Uh huh!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  777. John

    I didn't watch the Oscars. now I'm glad I didn't.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  778. Brian

    The editor for this section must have been 'brain dead' to leave Farrah's name off the list. Did he/she get to put in their own name on the end credits? A new editor next year will not make the same blunder.... I hope!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  779. J. Adams

    Shame on the Academy for snubbing Farah Fawcett & Bea Arthur...two American acting icons, both beloved by tons of people!
    They couldn't include 'everyone' supposedly? You've got to be kidding me? But they could include people we've never even heard of?!
    #%@&$!!!!!!!!! This is probably the last Oscar's I waste my time on....didn't know half the 'stars', the show was boring, TV coverage was poor, Hollywood is way too liberal & too stuck on itself. Enough already. I hope the Academy sees all these comments & feels the shame they deserve, tho I doubt all those egomaniacs will even care much less change their ways or make a sincere apology to the viewing public, without whom they'd be part of the growing unemployment!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  780. Jimbo

    The Academy just flat out BLEW IT.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  781. Mariana

    I understand the Oscars point they can't include everyone but replacing Michael Jackson with Farrah Fawcett would have been better. Though his music videos were like short movies, Farrah Fawcett was the movie actress. Isn't that what the Oscars does? Recognize movies and those involved with it. Not music videos.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  782. elham

    I think they should have included Farrah as well....but...I think it's sad how YOU ALL seem to turn it around on MJ again...the man has passed and you still try to find reasons to hate him about something...blame the rich white men and women who make the Oscars happen...not the deceased black man who YOU all just love to hate..STOP TWISTING IT AROUNG ON MJ..ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  783. Cheyenne

    I can't believe they forgot Farrah and actually put that looser, Michael Jackson in! What a crock! He is NOT an actor.

    Again, it shows the (so called) academy can shat on anyone they choose.

    (Forget about firing some "little guy" for not getting it right, they know EXACTLY what is going on WAY before that show airs....believe me, it was NOT a " little guy" that was responsible for this was someone at the top.)

    March 9, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  784. Nid

    Actually folks, Michael, who sang the iconic "Ben" and certainly turned heads in "The Wiz" deserved a place in the tribute. I totally forgot that Farrah was in "The Apostle", maybe even was oscar worthy. Go watch that movie. Both people, like all those who work hard in Hollywood movies, deserve Oscar greatness.

    I was a Cablevision victim on Oscar night and I realized that the only real reason to watch was the best actress category (Go Sandra!) Otherwise, The Committee and the show organizers clearly blundered. I think they shoudld compose the committee with people of varyiing degrees of movie experience (different fields) who even remember the greatness of Hollywood and bring it into the future, before the industry dissappears into the past with fragmented memories.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  785. Bert K.

    As a show it could not have been worst, therefore, by not having their names connected to it, Fawcett and Arthur were allowed to rest in peace.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  786. sanjose Mike

    Most viewers who were aware of her work (which certainly should have included Hollywood), knew she was an exceptionally fine, talented...even a great actress. Of course she was a great beauty...even to her last days. But sometimes people get bound-up in that and forget the quality of her talent. There were other talented people covered...and she should have been. Bea Arthur was a great comedy actress who could also do justice to a dramatic role. I will remember both with great pleasure and ultimate I'm sure you other readers do as well...sanjosemike

    March 9, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  787. Dylan Kilgore

    Everyone's a critic here aren't they? She should have been included. All of the opinions in this commentary provide a sordid look into the average American psyche. I enjoyed the show.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  788. Tony

    It was an outrage that Farrah and Bea were not mentioned. Who ever worked on that part of the show should be fired!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  789. j-man

    After first seeing MJ flash on the screen I too was a bit surprised. However, when you think about the influence that his music, and more importantly his music videos, had on pushing the envelope I think it is fair to include him. Not as an actor as some are suggesting, but rather as a contributor to the development of the craft. When seen from that perspective I think it makes sense for him to be included (although showing the image from the wiz didn't help). As for Farrah, I could go either way. Was she an icon of the small screen? Yes. Did she have any lasting role or real significant impact on the movie industry? I'd honestly have to say no. What MJ's Thriller did for make-up and costume design to push the envelop and his musical ingenuity throughout his career were far more influential on the movie industry than anything FF did. Sorry Angels fans. If I had to choose between the two, I go with the king.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  790. Sphoenix

    I'm sure it was an honest mistake. Get a grip.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  791. Jensen

    Just another reason to not watch the Academy Awards. I was not a fan of Fawcett's, but she definately deserved to be recognized. She fought a brave battle against cancer. Very tasteless of the Academy to not acknowledge her. But then, I think the whole idea of Hollywood's elite giving eachother a pat on the back at another awards show nauseauting, especially while there are so many people out of work and families struggling to make ends meet. It just seems too superficial to me.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  792. Alex

    Moonwalker. nuff said

    March 9, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  793. Dr. Roy K. Boutwell

    More "Hollywood BS"! All the Academy Awards are anymore is way too many hours of the "Stars" patting each other on the backs and bad, "not-funny" jokes. You can get the same "entertainment" on a carnival midway, except most of the "Carnies" have more class and moral ethics than the "Stars". Didn't miss the Sarah snub because I haven't watched the Academy Awards since it stopped being enjoyable–about 10 years ago !!!

    March 9, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  794. James

    I do think it seems tacky to blog about whose death is more relevant and "should be included" by the Academy. Perhaps the high road would be for you to acknowledge the Academy's choices, and then use your space for describing why you would like to remember Farrah Fawcett.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  795. fcm

    Firstly I think the blog writer used a clever wording tactic, by included the name MJ in the blog it makes it seem that Farrah was left out to make space for MJ in the tribute thereby assuring a heated (good and bad) debate on it, yet again stooping to the MJ band wagon, the man is dead and it’s about time the media put him to rest. The people that messed up where the academy personnel that put together the tribute, leaving out Farrah at the Oscar tribute segment is like operating a subway train without the train driver. Farrah is and will always be an integral part of the film industry and thus should be represented as such, shame to the academy for their lack of respect towards her, her family and legacy, you succeeded on spitting on a legend and icon, shame on you.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  796. Marsha

    I've always loved the "Memorandum" part. It is so sad to hear about or remember who has passed. They should take the time to include all the famous movie stars though.

    Farrah shouldn't have been "accidentally" left out. They should acknowledge that they made a mistake. It should be rectified in next year's Oscars.

    Also, I had a hard time focusing on each person's picture and then didn't have time to look at the bottom pictures before the frame went by too quickly. I do want to hear about the older famous movie stars as well!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  797. JOsh

    I thought the whole production from start to finish last night was sub-par, mediocre and, at times awful. They don't look for relevance, they look for sophistication.

    They don't remember Peter Boyle? What about Young Frankenstein?
    They don't honor Bea Arthur? She was everything Dom DeLouise was and more talented but everyone loves Dom.
    They don't remember Farrah? Purely ridiculous.
    Ed McMahon? Just as worthy as Michael Jackson.
    I haven't been this mad since the grammy's, the academy, all ignored John Denver's death. He just wasn't sophisticated enough.

    The academy thinks they are keepers of some great art form on mission from god when really they are middle managers of an industry of greed and politics. And finally:
    Art form????? Bullsh**!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  798. gil

    I just lost a lot of respect for the Motion Picture Academy (Oscars).

    March 9, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  799. BIll

    It is simple they did not mention Farrah because she is a conservative. The Hollywood left will snub a conservative even in death.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  800. nat from sc

    What do you expect from the high and mighty movie industry. They are full of themselves. Most of their movies stink, the oscar concept stinks, the show stinks and leaving out Farrah stinks the most.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  801. Marlon

    I think they included Saint Michael, aka Michael Jackson, so as not to offend all the people of color, especially since two were major nominees. But I agree, he should not have been included in this movie industry event.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  802. L.Scott

    An absolute absurdity and gross indiscretion to include Micheal and exclude Farra in movie honors for the deceased. To their discredit whomever the cuprits were to have done such a thing!!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  803. tyler

    im upset like most of you about Bea Arthur and Farrah being snubbed but im positive they were remembered during the EMMY telecast...but so was Micheal Jackson too..

    March 9, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  804. sandy

    Farrah was a television legend and a sex symbol, but to say she was a movie star is really stretching the definition of "star." Look up her listing on the Internet Movie Data Base, subtract all the television work, and is what's left a body of work that would entitle an actress to a tribute? I don't think so.

    I'm not sure why including Michael Jackson makes her exclusion worse, as the only link between them is their date of death. He wasn't much of an actor, but he had many soundtrack and production credits, and he was influential in music and dance throughout the industry. Just think of the countless movies that feature some character doing a version of the moonwalk! I'm not a fan, but I could see a case for his making the list.

    If the Academy works like any other organization, they work from a list of members who died during the last year to create the list. Was Farrah even a member of the Academy? If not, it's even easier to understand why she was MIA.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  805. Heather

    The Academy (like much of the media) tends to overlook women. It's not even conscious, but more like a kind of blindness. Take for example Meryl Streep. She is probably the best actor, of either gender, in a generation. If she were a male actor, the pundits, critics and bloggers would speak of her in the reverential, even idolatrous, tones that they reserve for the likes of Hopkins, De Niro, Nicholson. She's better than any of them, yet hasn't won an oscar since 1983. They somehow just can't bring themselves to recognize genius in a woman. I think Farah Fawcett was overlooked for exactly the same reason. Not malice, just disinterest.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  806. Usedtobeme

    I understood Bea Arthur. Not Farrah. And not MJ. I'm stumped. I think someone forgot and now the proverbial you know what is hitting the fan backstage

    March 9, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  807. Disturbed.Fall.Out

    Excuses, Excuses, Excuses. They'll ALWYAS have an excuse for something. Farrah was an icon for many years. The world knows this. In my opinion, Hollywood is full of totally disturbed Prescription Drug abusing & Addicted to their own status and the smell of their own farts A-Holes with extremely poor judgement and no real humanistic morals what so ever. This is Tinsle town people, suck it in and realize the facts that we believe most anything they tell and show us, "shee-ple", that the once high and mighty U.S.of A, is heading towards moral and mental bankruptcy.

    Our W.W.II era joes were the only, and I say only magnificent human beings alive in our modern times. They selflessly gave their lives to stop oppression and tyranny. What do we have now? This era is just all shit, with it's instant gratification demands and murderous raging tv programs that not only promote violence, but secretly and absolutely encourage it's inclusion in our everyday lives to all that view such madness & horeshit. It's become all such commonplace. Having been born and raised in Americas Heartland, I see all of America has become not only a ceaspool of hatred, but it's own trademark for rage filled monkey-see monkey-do idiocy.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  808. PO

    These are not the Entertainment Awards, they’re the Academy Awards — as in Academy of MOTION PICTURE arts & Sciences. Neither Jacko nor Farrah should have been in that montage (though Farrah actually had more of a right to be, since she was actually in the academy and did more movies than Captain Eo and The Wiz. Michael and Farrah (and Bea) got theirs at the Grammys and Emmys, with their peers. This is ridiculous. The Oscars are for movies.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  809. Stacey

    There were so many behind-the-scenes names up there that I began to wonder if this was to remember passed-on actors/stars or just any Academy member who died....... Hard to believe "time" would be a reason to leave Farrah out, since typically the show runs way longer than planned because of long speeches.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |