Oscars planning Whitney 'tribute,' or something less?
February 24th, 2012
06:06 PM ET

Oscars planning Whitney 'tribute,' or something less?

The Grammys went to great efforts to celebrate the life and acknowledge the passing of Whitney Houston, but don’t expect quite the same from the Academy Awards.

At the height of her career, Houston was a bona fide movie star, but Oscar show producers say they're not planning any special tribute to her beyond a mention in the traditional “In Memoriam” piece.

That segment will last about four minutes and include dozens of industry figures who died in the past year (including notables who worked in front of the camera and behind the scenes).

Grammy show producers had just a day between Houston’s death and the start of their show to put together a tribute worthy of her. Most critics felt they pulled it off, and they were rewarded with their best ratings in decades.

Of course, there’s no doubt Houston’s achievements came mainly in music. She enjoyed big box office success with “The Bodyguard”, “Waiting to Exhale” and “The Preacher’s Wife”, but that’s about the sum total of her screen credits. Her upcoming film “Sparkle” marked her first big screen role in well over a decade.

So it’s a tough call for the Academy on how to honor her memory. Viewers will decide if they got it right.

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  1. Granny Smith

    Can't you comprehenda?

    February 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Granny Smith

    The definition of white people is control freaks,you loved Whitney Houston until she fell for a man you disapproved of.A lot of you are doing the same thing to Beyonce and Rihanna,these women are free to do as they please just like white women.You can make as many Driving Miss Daisy's and The Help,Just face these black are rich to do as they please just like Angelina,Jennifer,Demi,Ellen,Miley and the rest.Thank you

    February 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Agrav8td

    She's more famous now (as a dead crack addict) now than she was in the last 15-20 yrs.

    February 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ken

    If anyone deserves an extra "Special " tribute – over and beyond a mention in the In Memoriam segment of the Oscar telecast – that would have to be Elizabeth Taylor. Legendary star – the last of the breed – Hollywood incarnate – fabled career – wonderful humanitarian. Stick Miss Houston in with the rest of the pack.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. what?

    Why on Earth would the Oscars give a special segment to Whitney Houston when they haven't done it for other stars who've been in more noteworthy movies? She is known for being a singer more than an actress.

    February 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Enough Already!

    We get that she had a great voice...she was also a crack addict who refused to get into rehab if not for herself, then her dauughter. Move on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We should be saluting our soldiers right now.....not Whitney.

    February 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Do you know the definition of the word,"Moron"... see the book then.

      February 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Coolbreeze

    Whitney dead. move on. Not an actor, just a crack wh0re.

    February 25, 2012 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Liz

    Wow, you are a bunch of evil losers. Whitney starred in three movies that earned a half billion dollars. Of course she belongs in the memorial segment.

    February 25, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Danko Ramone

    Another tribute to Whitney, from a foodie's perspective.


    February 25, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. @Richard Foreskin

    So is your mama. heard she was ugly as hell and the town wh0re

    February 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Starr

    Why does she deserve a special honor? The mention of her during the "In Memoriam" piece is plenty and fair.. JMO

    February 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leucadia Bob

    Just released – Reggae sensation Alborosie a talks about a song that he collaborated with Amy Winehouse on – tobe release in the next few weeks

    February 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David in SLC

    She was NEVER a movie star. She starred in 1 movie – 1 – that did well. Then she did 2 ensemble cast movies. And that was it. That does not make her a movie star and she does not deserve any special tribute at the Oscars.

    February 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Richard Fore

    Did anyone know this is the 1st Annual Lick Your Own Balls Weekend. I'm hopeing to win 1st place.

    February 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lex

      You have probably been eating dog food. Happened to my neighbor. He ate it because it was cheap and everyone warned him it was dangerous. Than last week he sat on the couch next to his wife. He bend over to lick his balls and broke his neck. Be careful.

      February 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • DillyRat

      I did NOT know that!! Best of luck to ya 😀 Let us know if you won!

      February 25, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. BrianKimball

    she visited the chewstroke site daily, always leaving kind messages...RIP Whitney.

    February 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |

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