Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Worst Oscars In Memoriam in History Excluded Ed Asner, But Included Betty White, a TV Star


Every year the Oscar In Memoriam segment is terrible. This year was no exception. Betty White was featured. She was beloved, but she had nothing to do with movies. Ed Asner was excluded. He had a big movie career. from “Daniel” to “Up,” the animated movie hit he voiced.

There were several other disgraceful snubs. The worst after Asner was Robert Downey Sr., director of indie classics like “Putney Swope.” And Bob Saget, a comedian and TV actor, won an Oscar when he was a student.

The gospel group was inappropriate and so was the music. I love gospel but the segment is much too busy to have a solemn thought about any of the people who died. And “Spirit in the Sky”? Really?

An annual travesty.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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