Melissa Rivers is speaking out about Joan Rivers being left out of the Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ segment — and admits she’s disappointed about The Academy’s snub.
“It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with support and love over my mom’s passing and we choose to focus on that,” Melissa, 47, wrote on her late mother’s Facebook page on Monday, Feb. 23.
Melissa and her 14-year-old son, Cooper, accept a posthumous Grammy Award in Joan’s honor on Feb. 8, 2015.
During Sunday evening’s Oscars broadcast, 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.
In a statement to ‘Buzzfeed,’ The Academy addressed Joan’s omission from the montage. “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,” the comment read.
In addition to Joan, Broadway star Elaine Stritch and actors Richard Kiel, Gottfried John, Taylor Negron and director George Sluizer were also not mentioned during the 2015 Oscars tribute.