Oscars 2021: Why did In Memoriam snub Adam Schlesinger?

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Oscars, each time you try this factor you do, you permit individuals out. We’re speaking, after all, concerning the annual In Memoriam section.

The place was musician Adam Schlesinger’s identify throughout Sunday night time’s section, followers are asking on social media. Naya Rivera? The place, for goodness’ sake, was Jessica Walter?

“Tonight, we wish to have fun the artists who gave us permission to dream,” stated actress Angela Bassett, who launched the section Sunday night time. “The technical pioneers and innovators who expanded our expertise of film love. Allow us to as one group say, thanks. You’ll stay as we bear in mind you in our hearts, at all times.”

Along with mentioning Hollywood’s losses prior to now 12 months, Bassett acknowledged the greater than 3 million individuals globally who’ve died from COVID-19 amid the pandemic, in addition to those that fell to what she referred to as “the violence of inequality, injustice, hatred, racism and poverty.”

The 2021 memorial glided by at machine-gun tempo, rat-a-tat-tatting 95 names and faces in 2 minutes and 45 seconds to the sounds of Stevie Surprise’s “As.” If the deceased had a critical place in movie historical past they bought a full second up on display — perhaps two. The variety of faces seen was solely 1 / 4 of the 380 film-industry veterans on the academy’s full listing of those that handed for the reason that 2020 Oscars.

As for the lacking individuals, names are sometimes skipped if the actors labored primarily in tv relatively than motion pictures. In spite of everything, that is motion pictures’ huge night time — we merely watch it on our televisions. That was the case with Rivera, whose film work was incidental. The “Glee” star, who drowned final summer season, didn’t even make the prolonged listing on the Oscars’ web site, which does embrace Walter.

And becoming 380 individuals into an area that holds solely 95 is a reasonably unattainable job.

However that doesn’t actually excuse the absence of “That Factor You Do!” songwriter Schlesinger from the video. Sure, he was an precise Oscar nominee for unique track for the 1996 movie’s title observe. (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice ended up successful for “You Should Love Me” from “Evita.”)

Schlesinger, who died final 12 months of COVID-19 issues, is known as on the movement image academy’s In Memoriam internet web page, however and not using a photograph.

“Adam Schlesinger was nominated for an Oscar for writing ‘That Factor You Do!’ in 1997,” tweeted actress Rachel Bloom, who labored with Schlesinger on the TV present “Loopy Ex-Girlfriend.” “I don’t know why he wasn’t within the official In Memoriam section tonight (particularly as a result of he wrote one of many biggest movie songs of all time) so I’m honoring him right here.”

Many others had been disregarded of the video however seem on-line, amongst them “Re-Animator” writer-director Stuart Gordon, “Chariots of Hearth” actor Ben Cross, “Micki + Maude” actress Ann Reinking and “The Day of the Jackal” actor Michael Lonsdale. And actor Orson Bean had the misfortune of dying two days earlier than the 2020 Oscars, however he made the 2021 listing.

Alas, not the video.

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