We Can’t Believe These People Were Left Out of the Oscars’ In Memoriam

Every year, the Academy Awards takes time to honor entertainment industry icons we recently lost. This year, the In Memoriam segment paid tribute to Chuck Berry, Jonathan Demme, John Heard, and many others.

Yet there were a shocking number of people who were left out this year, including Rose Marie and Della Reese. And they’re far from the only ones. There are always some celebrities missing from the segment, but this year seemed to be even worse than usual.

Here’s a look at some of the people who died in 2017 and who we absolutely can’t believe the Oscars didn’t include in the In Memoriam.

1. Adam West

Adam West in front of a Batman poster.

Adam West | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Adam West died in June 2017 at the age of 88, but for some reason, he was left out of the In Memoriam. Sure, West is known primarily for TV, and he was included in the In Memoriam at the Emmys. But West also starred in over 50 films, including Batman, the feature film version of the TV show.

After the Oscars’ In Memoriam aired, West’s absence was the one that received the most attention on social media.

Next: A clip from this director’s movie was used during the show, yet the director himself was not honored.

2. Tobe Hooper

Tobe Hooper at a movie premiere.

Tobe Hooper | Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Tobe Hooper was the legendary horror director behind classics such as Poltergeist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He died in August 2017 at the age of 74. However, Hooper was another person left out of the In Memoriam segment this year.

Hooper’s absence was especially egregious because a clip from his movie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was used during one of the montages earlier in the show. He directed 18 films, and one of his movies, Poltergeist, was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Next: This actress actually won an Academy Award, yet she was left out of the segment.

3. Dorothy Malone

Dorothy Malone in a black and white photograph.

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Dorothy Malone starred in dozens upon dozens of films during a career spanning five decades. She died in January 2018 at the age of 93. Malone’s absence is especially puzzling because she is an Oscar winner herself. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1956 for Written on the Wind.

The reason for Malone’s absence is not because she died in 2018 and not 2017; the In Memoriam segment just honors people who have died since the last Oscars, and it included a number of people who died in 2018.

Next: This actor starred in over 30 films, but he too was left out of the segment.

4. John Mahoney

John Mahoney smiling and wearing a black tuxedo on a red carpet.

John Mahoney | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

John Mahoney, the actor known primarily for playing Martin Crane on Frasier, died just a few weeks before the Oscars on Feb. 4, 2018. Although his most well-known role was on a TV show, Mahoney also starred in over 30 films, including MoonstruckSay Anything, Primal Fear, Barton Fink, Reality Bites, and The American President.

You might think that the reason for Mahoney’s absence was that his death was so recent. But that can’t be it because there were people included in the In Memoriam who died even more recently than Mahoney.

Next: This singer was just nominated for an Oscar a few years ago, yet he wasn’t included in the segment, either.

5. Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell singing on stage.

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Glen Campbell was the legendary singer and songwriter who released over 75 albums and hosted the variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. But in addition to that, Campbell also did some acting, appearing in films like True Grit. He died in August 2017.

Despite that, Campbell was not included in the In Memoriam segment. This is particularly strange since Campbell was just nominated for an Oscar a few years ago. In 2015, he was nominated for Best Original Song for a song from the documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.

Campbell wasn’t included in the In Memoriam, yet Chuck Berry was, despite Berry being far less associated with film than Campbell.

Next: This great actor was mostly known for TV, but he starred in movies, too.

6. Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors wearing a jacket and baseball cap.

Jim Nabors | Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Jim Nabors was the actor known primarily for playing Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show. He died in November 2017 at the age of 87. Despite being mainly known for TV, Nabors acted in films as well, such as Stroker Ace and Cannonball Run II. 

It was especially sad to see Nabors left out because he died after the Emmys, and the Golden Globes don’t do an In Memoriam segment. Therefore, he was not honored at any of these shows. Hopefully, Nabors will not be forgotten at the 2018 Emmys.

Next: This actor died at a tragically young age and was in some great action films.

7. Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe posing on a red carpet.

Powers Boothe | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Powers Boothe was an actor who we tragically lost far too soon; he died in May 2017 at the age of 68.

Boothe starred in over 30 films, including Red DawnTombstone, Nixon, Con Air, Sin City, and The Avengers. Although he never received an Academy Award nomination, his movie Nixon was nominated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Boothe is another actor who is a bit better known for TV, especially for his role as Cy Tolliver on Deadwood. But once again, people who never even worked on a single film were included in the In Memoriam, yet Boothe wasn’t.

Next: This Swedish actor died in his prime, and he deserved recognition. 

8. Michael Nyqvist

Michael Nyqvist posing on a red carpet.

Michael Nyqvist | Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Michael Nyqvist was a great Swedish actor who had been on the rise in recent years, but tragically died in June 2017 at just 56 years old. Though he appeared in many Swedish films, Nyqvist starred in some extremely popular American movies over the past decade as well, including John Wick and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

But sadly, no mention of Nyqvist was made during the show.

Next: This amazing actor died just a few weeks before the Oscars, but he still could have been included.

9. Reg E. Cathey

Reg E. Cathey holding an award.

Reg E. Cathey | Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Another recent loss was Reg E. Cathey, who died in February 2018 at just 56 years old.Cathey is best known for the TV shows OzThe Wire, and House of Cards. But he was also quite prolific on film as well. He starred in over 40 movies, including The MaskClear and Present DangerSe7en, American Psycho, and Fantastic Four.

Once again, the fact that Cathey’s death was so recent doesn’t explain why he was left out. After all, Jóhann Jóhannsson, who died the same day as Cathey, was included in the In Memoriam. 

Next: Another actor who we lost way too soon and who also directed and produced

10. Stephen Furst

Steven Furst smiling while on stage.

Steven Furst | Kevin Winter /Getty Images

Stephen Furst died in June 2017, and he’s another celebrity who we lost at a tragically young age: 63. Furst is known especially for playing Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the classic comedy Animal House. But he was in many other films over the years, including Midnight Madness and Silent Rage.

He was not just an actor; Furst was also a director and producer, though most of the movies he directed were not very well known. Furst had some iconic TV roles on St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5, but one would think his contributions to the film industry would be enough to earn him a spot in the montage.

These exclusions may have been glaring to many. Then again, at least everyone included in the montage this year had actually died, which is already a definite improvement on 2017’s Oscar memoriam.

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