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Oscars Snub Farrah Fawcett And Bea Arthur Because Death Is ‘Not Comfortable’

by | 9th, March 2010

THE Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has responded to Tabloid Baby’s complaint that Farrah Fawcett was unjustly left out of the In Memorium segment of the Academy Awards show, and their answer is “tough luck”, writes TB. Also missing was a Arthur.

“I would not say that it was an oversight,” says spokeswoman Leslie Unger. “No matter how carefully and how conscientiously people address who is included, there are people who just simply can’t be.

“Every year there are many difficult decisions that have to be made and not everybody who passed during the year can be included. That’s the unfortunate reality.”

Er, no, Mr unger. That’s a showbiz AGM that uses the recently dead as special guest stars.

Unger addressed our specific complaint that Michael Jackson, who died on the same day as Farrah yet had scant film credits, was honored.

“In any given year there will always be some people that other people think should have been included and that there’s more justification for one person versus another. It is impossible to include everybody.”

Bruce Davis, the executive producer of the Oscars, added:

“It is the single most troubling element of the Oscar show every year. Because more people die each year than can possibly be included in that segment. You are dropping people who the public knows. It’s just not comfortable.”

Meanwhile, the men who are fighting over Farrah found common ground in their disgust over the omission.

Speaking through his publicist, Ryan O’Neal said, “We were disappointed that she was not included.”

Farrah’s producing partner Craig Nevius said:

“I think this is what Farrah struggled with her entire career. She struggled with respect and told me many times she felt she was put in a box.

“She loved television, and she was primarily a star on TV, but she was also a star on stage and film. You know, how you can discount Extremities (for which Farrah earned a Golden Globe Globe nomination), The Apostle (ditto an Independent Spirit nomination) and Dr. T and the Women, I don’t know.

“I think it would be very big of them to own up to the mistake, but I also think it might set a dangerous precedent for them, which is why they probably won’t do it.” – TB

In other Oscars news, get a load of those dresses…

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