The Oscars are always full of a few surprises, but during last night’s broadcast, one moment in particular stood out among all the rest.
Joan Rivers was noticeably left out of the award show’s annual ‘In Memoriam‘ segment, a move that left many of the late comedienne’s fans quite unhappy.
Joan — who died last September at age 81 — was left off the list of Hollywood stars who passed away in the last year despite her appearances in several films, including 1978’s ‘Rabbit Test’ with Billy Crystal, 1984’s ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan,’ 1987’s ‘Spaceballs’ and 2004’s ‘Shrek 2.’
Joan and Melissa Rivers at the 2006 Oscars.
Furthermore, the ‘Fashion Police’ star was an Oscars red carpet staple and one of the first people to pose the question “Who are you wearing?” to celebrities in attendance at the glamorous event.
Sadly, Joan wasn’t the only notable omission from the ‘In Memoriam’ segment on Sunday night. Broadway star Elaine Stritch and actors Richard Kiel, Gottfried John, Taylor Negron and director George Sluizer were also not mentioned in the video montage.
In a statement to ‘Buzzfeed,’ The Academy addressed the so-called snub, saying, “Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of this year’s Oscar show. She is, however, included in our ‘In Memoriam’ gallery on Oscar.com.”