Oscars In Memoriam Snubs & Flubs 2022

It was not the most controversial thing that happened at the 94th Oscars, but as usual, the In Memoriam segment had its fair share of detractors.

Anne Rice was a writer, but some of her works were made into very famous films. (Image via selfie)

First, there seems to be a cultural divide over whether a joyful performance is appropriate for a funereal occasion; it isn't my go-to, but I appreciated it for what it was and understood immediately the concept (Jill Scott's closing remarks brought that home when she encouraged the audience to give the dead uproarious applause) when the Samples Choir took to the stage.

My complaint about the performance is only that the focus was pulled from the actual montage to the living performers, which seemed to defeat the purpose, but I loved that they chose several stars — Sidney Poitier, Ivan Reitman and Betty White — to receive spotlight treatment, punctuated throughout.

Now, as for the montage itself ... we have some problems. At least it wasn't as bad as in 2017, when the very much ALIVE (to this day) Jan Chapman was pictured!

As always, there were omissions. This year was particularly bad because while last year hurried us through 95 names (and still screwed over a few biggies), this year, just 55 names were honored. They were, in order:

Alan Ladd Jr.

Betty White

Bill Taylor

Brad Allan

Brian Goldner

Buddy Van Horn

Carmen Salinas

Charles Grodin

Chris Huvane

Clarence Williams III

David Brenner

David H. DePatie

Dean Stockwell

Diane Weyerman

Don Phillips

Dorothy Steel

Douglas Trumbull

Emi Wada

Felipe Cazals

Halyna Hutchins

Irwin W. Young

Ivan Reitman

Jane Powell

Jean-Marc Vallée

Jean-Paul Belmondo

Jerome Hellman

Jon Gregory

Leslie Bricusse

Lewis Erskine

Lina Wertmuller

Mace Neufeld

Marcia Nasatir

Marilyn Bergman

Martha De Laurentiis

Max Julien

Melvin Van Peebles

Michael K. Williams

Mikis Theodorakis

Ned Beatty

Norman Lloyd

Olympia Dukakis

Paul Mooney

Peter Bogdanovich

Richard Donner

Robert Blalack

Ruthie Tompson

Saginaw Grant

Sally Kellerman

Sidney Poitier

Sonny Chiba

Stephen Sondheim

Steve Schapiro

Tony Walton

William Hurt

Yvette Mimieux

Looking back at my notes, I came up with 100 (!) other names who could just as easily been included. I am not a believe in the "oh, they were more famous for TV" argument if a performer is also important in film, so I am noting their stats — you can decide.

Williams was no less than a Best Supporting Actress nominee (Image via video still)

Yes, there is a space online where the Academy mourns many, many names who didn't make the cut here. But for me, the shockers among people who did not make the televised memorial:

Ed Asner, Carleton Carpenter, Nino Castelnuovo, Arlene Dahl, Michael Constantine, Joan Didion, Marilyn Eastman, David Gulpilil, Billie Hayes, Dwayne Hickman, Patricia Hitchcock, Basil Hoffman, Sally Ann Howes, Anthony "A.J." Johnson, Tommy Kirk, Hardy Kruger, Art LaFleur, Jimmy Lydon, Meat Loaf, Vladimir Menshov, Anne Rice, Jeanine Ann Roose, Bob Saget, William Smith, B.J. Thomas, Gaspard Ulliel, Monica Vitti, Cara Williams, Jane Withers and Samuel E. Wright.

Tommy Kirk, Disney icon, was in one of the most beloved films ever made. (Image via Disney)

There is also a subset of names that surprised me because of their relationships within the Academy: Pilar Bardem, Robert Downey Sr. and Ernie Lively, all parents of big stars, were shunned.

Perhaps some of the others are wishful thinking ...

My alternate 101:

Al Harrington: Primarily TV; 12 films — no mention online

Anne Rice: Iconic author; 4 films from her works, including “Interview with the Vampire” (1994) & “Queen of the Damned” (2002) — no mention online

Anthony “A.J.” Johnson: 20+ films, including “House Party” (1990), “Menace II Society” (1993) & “B*A*P*S” (1997) — no mention online

Antony Sher: 10+ films, including “Mrs. Brown” (1997) & “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) — no mention online

Arlene Dahl: Old Hollywood leading lady, 20+ films, including “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1959); married to Fernando Lamas & mom of Lorenzo Lamas

Arlene Golonka: Primarily TV; 20+ films

Art LaFleur: 20+ films, including “Field of Dreams” (1989) & “The Sandlot” (1993) — no mention online

Art Metrano: 20+ films, including “Police Academy 2 & 3” (1985 & 1986)

Basil Hoffman: Dozens of films, including “All the President’s Men” (1976), “Ordinary People” (1980), “My Favorite Year” (1982) & “The Artist” (2011)

Betty Lynn: Primary TV; 15+ films

Billie Hayes: Primarily TV; films included “L’il Abner” (1959), “Pufnstuf” (1970) & “The Black Cauldron” (1985) — no mention online

Billy Watson: One of the last remaining actors of the Silent Era

B.J. Thomas: Sang Oscar-winning “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” (1969)

Blackie Dammett: 15 films; father of Anthony Kiedis

Bob Saget: Primarily TV; 10 films, including “Half Baked” (1998), “Madagascar” (2005) & “The Aristocrats” (2005); Student Academy Award winner for “Through Adam’s Eyes” (1977)

Cara Williams: 20+ films, Best Supporting Actress nominee for “The Defiant Ones” (1958)

Carleton Carpenter: 15 films, including singing “Aba Daba Honeymoon” in “Two Weeks with Love” (1950)

Carol Speed: Blaxploitation star of 9 films

Charles Robinson: Primarily TV; 20+ films

Chick Vennera: 15+ films; including “Thank God It’s Friday” (1978) & “The Milagro Beanfield War” (1988)

Chuck Hicks: Dozens of films, including “Dirty Harry” (1971) & “Dick Tracy” (1990), and stunt coordinator on “Cool Hand Luke” (1967)

Conrad Janis: Primarily TV; 15+ films, including “Airport 1975” (1974)

Cynthia Harris: Primarily TV; 10+ films, including “Three Men and a Baby” (1987)

David Gulpilil: Australian film icon known for “Crocodile Dundee” (1986) & “Rabbit-Proof Fence” (2002)

Dwayne Hickman: 25+ films, including “The Boy with Green Hair” (1948), “Cat Ballou” (1965) & “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” (1965)

Ed Asner: Primarily TV; 20+ films, including “JFK” (1991), “Elf” (2003) & “Up” (2009); former SAG president

Eddie Mekka: 15 films, including  “A League of Their Own” (1992) & “Dreamgirls” (2006) — no mention online

Ernie Lively: 30+ films, including “Passenger 57” (1992), father of Blake Lively — no mention online

Farrah Forke: Primarily TV; 7 films, including “Disclosure” (1994) & “Heat” (1995) — no mention online

Frank Bonner: Primarily TV; 12+ films — no mention online

Frank McRae: films, including “48 Hrs.” (1982) & “Last Action Hero” (1993) — no mention online

Gaspard Ulliel: 25+ films, including “Hannibal Rising” (2007)

Gavin MacLeod: 20 films, including “I Want to Live!” (1958) & “Compulsion” (1959)

George Butler: Director of “Pumping Iron” (1977)

Hardy Kruger: 50+ films, including “Hatari!” (1962) & “A Bridge Too Far” (1977)

Howard Hesseman: 30+ films, including “Shampoo” (1975) & “Silent Movie” (1976)

Jack Couffer: Oscar-nominated cinematographer for “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” (1974)

Jackie Mason: 9 films — no mention online

Jacques D’Amboise: Dancer, 5 films; including “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954)

James Bidgood: Famed for just 1 film, "Pink Narcissus" (1971)

Jane Withers: Iconic child star of the ‘30s; 50 films, including “Bright Eyes” (1934) & “Giant” (1956)

Jean Hale: Handful of films, including “In Like Flint” (1967) — no mention online

Jeanine Ann Roose: Appeared in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

Jimmy Lydon: 30+ films, including “Henry Aldrich” series (1941-1944) & “Cynthia” (1947)

Joan Copeland: 12+ films

Joan Didion: Iconic author; films from her work/screenplays including “The Panic in Needle Park” (1971), “Play It as It Lays” (1972) & “A Star Is Born” (1976)

JoAnna Cameron: 4 films — no mention online

Joanne Linville: 6 films, including ”A Star Is Born” (1976)

John Ashton Thomas: Composer, arranger, conductor who contributed to the Oscar-winning score of “Black Panther” (2018) — no mention online

John Cornell: “Crocodile Dundee” (1986) producer/writer

John Gabriel: 15+ films, including “South Pacific” (1958) & “It’s My Turn” (1980)

Johnny Brown: 10 films, including “The Wiz” (1978)

Johnny Crawford: 12+ films 

Kaycee Moore: 5 films, including “Killer of Sheep” (1978)

Larry Gelman: 20+ films, including “Funny Girl” (1968)

Lawrence Dane: Dozens of films, including “Deliverance” (1972) — no mention online

Lisa Banes: 12+ films, including “Cocktail” (1988) & “Gone Girl” (2014)

Lou Cutell: 20+ films, including “Little Big Man” (1970), “Young Frankenstein” (1974) & “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (1989)

Louie Anderson: 10+ movies, including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1985) & “Coming to America” (1988)

Luisa Harris: Subject of Oscar-winning doc “The Queen of Basketball” (2021) — no mention online

Marcell Jankovics: Graphic artist, director & animator Oscar-nominated for the 1974 short “Sisyphus”

Marilyn Eastman: Star of “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) — no mention online

Markie Post: 5 films, including “There’s Something About Mary” (1998) — no mention online

Meat Loaf: 20+ films, including “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) & “Fight Club” (1999)

Menelik Shabazz: Black independent film director, including of “Burning an Illusion” (1981) — no mention online

Michael Constantine: 15+ films, including “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 & 2” (2002 & 2016)

Michael Nader: 15 films, including “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” (1965) — no mention online

Michael Nesmith: Member of the Monkees who appeared in “Head” (1968) & produced “Repo Man” (1985)

Mitchell Ryan: 15+ films, including “Lethal Weapon” (1987)

Monica Vitti: Italian film icon, star of 50+ films, including “L’Avventura” (1960)

Mort Sahl: 7 films

Nicholas Georgiade: 10+ films — no mention online

Nino Castelnuovo: Dozens of films, including “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (1964)

Norm Macdonald: 12+ films, including “Billy Madison” (1995)

Patricia Hitchcock: 6 films, including her father Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” (1951) & “Psycho” (1960)

Peter Bowles: 20+ films, including “The Bank Job” (2008) — no mention online

Peter Scolari: 15+ films, including “That Thing You Do!” (1996) & “The Polar Express” (2004)

Pilar Bardem: Spanish film star, mother of 2022 nominee Javier Bardem

Robert Downey Sr.: Filmmaker known for “Putney Swope” (1969), father of Robert Downey Jr.

Sally Ann Howes: Primarily stage; films included “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968)

Samuel E. Wright: The voice of Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid” (1989), in which he sang Oscar-winning song “Under the Sea”

Scoey Mitchell: 1 film = “Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling” (1986) — no mention online (died extremely close to broadcast)

Sergey Solovyov: Russian film director known for “One Hundred Days After Childhood” (1975) — no mention online

Sharyn Moffett: Child star in 10+ films, including “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” (1948)

Stuart Damon: 5 films, including “Star 80” (1983) — no mention online

Suzzanne Douglas: 10+ films, including “The Inkwell” (1994)

Tawny Kitaen: 12+ films

Tim Considine: 8 films, including “Patton” (1970)

Tommy Kirk: Iconic Disney actor; 10+ films, including “Old Yeller” (1957), “The Shaggy Dog” (1959) & “Swiss Family Robinson” (1960)

Val Bisoglio: 10+ films,  including “Saturday Night Fever” (1977)

Veronica Carlson: Hammer horror actress known for work with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing & David Prowse

Verónica Forqué: Spanish actress known for her films with Pedro Almodovar — no mention online

Vladimir Menshov: Soviet and Russian director who won the Oscar for “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” (1979) — no mention online

Wakefield Poole: Director of groundbreaking gay-porn film “Boys in the Sand” (1971) — no mention online

Will Ryan: Musician & voice actor, including in “The Land Before Time” (1988)

William Lucking: 20+ films, including “Red Dragon” (2002) — no mention online

William Smith: Dozens of films, including “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944) & “Any Which Way You Can” (1980)

Willie Garson: Dozens of films, including “Troop Beverly Hills” (1989) & “Soapdish” (1991)

Yvonne Wilder: 10 films, including “West Side Story” (1961)

Chor Yuen: Prolific Chinese director — no mention online

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