These stars were left out of Oscars 2021 ‘In memoriam’

Ellie Abraham@ellieabraham
Monday 26 April 2021 09:15
Showbiz
(Reuters)

Last night, the ceremony for the Oscars 2021 took place, but some weren’t happy with the memoriam segment that was missing some major stars.

The 93rd Academy Awards were scaled back due to the coronavirus, but the traditional elements, such as the ‘In Memoriam’ segment remained in place.

‘In Memoriam’ remembers performers and those who work in the industry who have died in the last year.

Notably, stars such as Naya Rivera and Jessica Walter were snubbed as organisers failed to name them.

Glee actress Rivera was confirmed dead in July 2020 after disappearing during a boat trip with her young son. Rivera was much-loved for her role as Santana Lopez in the hit TV series.

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Walter died in March 2020 at the age of 80. The actress was most known for her Emmy-winning performance as Lucille Bluth in cult favourite TV showArrested Development.

Fountains of Wayne singer Adam Schlesinger - who himself was nominated for an Oscar in 1997 - was also missed. He died from Covid-19 in April 2020.

Social media users were quick to highlight the stars who had not been included.

One person wrote: “They are foul for not putting Naya Rivera in the in memoriam.”

Another said it was the worst memoriam segment they’d ever seen, while another said missing Walter was a “snub”.

Elsewhere, presumptive favourite Chadwick Boseman, who died last year aged 43 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer, missed out on winning the best actor award for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. It was instead given to Sir Anthony Hopkins for his performance in The Father, about a man slipping into dementia,

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