Cory Monteith was one of the names missing from the Academy Award memorial tribute this year. It was just over a month ago when the Grammy tribute showed his name spelled wrong.
Every year, there is a segment in the Academy Award show that memorializes the actors, actresses, directors, writers and many others in Hollywood who have passed away during the year. While it is difficult to fit all the names into the short clip, usually the most notable names that have reached the news in the list. Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the most recent names to show up, but there were several snubs that left some fans angry and disappointed.
Fresh Prince of Bel Air star James Avery was one name expected to be in the memorial clip. The actor died on New Year’s Eve due to complications from heart surgery. Tom Clancy was also missing. He died Oct. 1, 2013 from an undisclosed medical illness.
The two snubs, however, did not raise as much attention as Monteith’s. The main issue is the fact that his name was misspelled during the tribute at the Grammy Awards, where it was spelled “Montieth” instead.
The tribute this year finished with Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler. The performance recognized some of the most recent deaths, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Harold Ramis and Paul Walker. It did not go unnoticed by many Glee fans that Monteith’s name was missing from the memorial tribute at this year’s Oscars.
There are many other names that have led to criticisms for the decisions made. One of those was for Alice Herz-Sommer, who was a Holocaust survivor. She died at the age of 110 last week. The most ironic factor is that Herz-Sommer was the subject of this year’s Documentary Short Subject Award, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life. During the acceptance speech, Malcolm Clarke, the writer and director of the short, paid his own tribute to the inspiring and iconic survivor.
The only name that understandably was not among the memorialized names was French director Alain Resnais, who died the night before the Academy Award.
This is not the first time the Academy Award has come under some heat for leaving out names. In fact, every year since 2008 there has been at least one name missing that people expected to see as memorialized.
In defense of the Academy Award, it is a committee that decides on the names to be memorialized. Only around 30 people can be added to the clips, and the committee is instructed to select names who have made contributions that are significant, while ensuring a wide range of industries are touched upon. During the introduction for the segment this year, Glenn Close commented on the number of people who had died this year, and how it was impossible to include them all.
Glee fans were not happy after the Monteith spelling error on the Grammy Award tribute. But with so many names, some noteworthy people had to be omitted from the Academy Award memorial tribute. This year, Monteith was one of them.
By Alexandria Ingham