ByBrooke Geller, writer at
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The Academy Awards had their fair share of scandalous moments this year, and not just the kind pulled out of a red envelope. There's been an inordinate amount of celebrity deaths this past year, many of whom were fondly remembered during the Oscars' annual In Memoriam segment:

As touching as Sara Bareilles' rendition of 'Both Sides Now' was, there were some noticeable issues with the tribute. Not only were quite a few names left out, but they even included a photo of a woman who's still alive. Here are all the tragic details:

Right Name, Wrong Photo

The 89th Academy Awards [Credit: ABC]
The 89th Academy Awards [Credit: ABC]

In the second-most embarrassing mishap of the night, the In Memoriam segment featured a photo of someone who hadn't actually died. Whilst paying tribute to late costume designer Janet Patterson, a photo of Australian producer Jan Chapman was inserted instead.

Chapman issued a statement to Variety explaining that not only was she definitely "alive and well", but the Academy Awards had made the mistake even after double-checking with Patterson's agency:

"I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered. Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up."

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"Oscars So Anti-Trans"

Former Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette was outraged that her sister Alexis Arquette, who had more than 70 acting roles under her belt before passing away last year, was not included in the video.

Arquette interpreted the snub as a failed opportunity for the Awards to be more inclusive, due to the fact that her sister was trans:

[Credit: Patricia Arquette Twitter]
[Credit: Patricia Arquette Twitter]

In an interview with Vanity Fair, she explained the implications of leaving Alexis out of the segment:

"We’re living in a time right now where trans kids can’t even go to the bathroom in schools and they’re diminished in society. It’s really unfortunate that the Oscars decided they couldn’t show a trans person who was such an important person in this community. Because — trans kids — it could have meant a lot to them."

Where's Bill Paxton?

Given actor Bill Paxton's untimely passing just before the Academy Awards, many were speculating if he would be included in the montage. Paxton was unfortunately left out of the video; however, Jennifer Aniston made a touching mention of her dear friend when she introduced the In Memoriam segment:

Many people have also taken to social media to complain about David Bowie and Alan Rickman's absences from the video. Both men passed away in January 2016, so it would make sense for them to be included in the tribute. However, both were given their much-deserved homage during last year's Academy Awards' In Memoriam segment:

The 88th Academy Awards [Credit: ABC]
The 88th Academy Awards [Credit: ABC]

Gone And Forgotten?

Alexis Arquette wasn't the only person who was noticeably absent from the video. In fact, there were quite a few names left out of the montage with seemingly no explanation whatsoever.

Amongst them were actors Robert Vaughan, Miguel Ferrer, Garry Shandling, Anne Jackson, and Doris Roberts, just to name a few. Filmmakers Dan Ireland and Herschell Gordon Lewis also failed to get a mention.

While Alan Thicke, William Christopher and Florence Henderson were also left out, it's likely that the TV-focused actors will be remembered during the Emmy Awards instead.

George Michael fans were also upset that their beloved pop star didn't get a mention, while Prince did. However, unlike Prince, George Michael wasn't quite as known for his film career.

Carrie Fisher Didn't Get Her Serenade

The Empire Strikes Back [Credit: Lucasfilm]
The Empire Strikes Back [Credit: Lucasfilm]

Carrie Fisher's name was the last on the long list, with footage of Princess Leia from The Force Awakens concluding the montage. But there was still something — or someone — missing: Harrison Ford.

According to People, Fisher told the hosts of Rebel Force Radio in 2010 that she wanted her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford to one day serenade her during her Oscars tribute:

“I asked him [at a party] if he would be in my death reel, and if he would sing. It’s just something I want... He’s going to sing ‘Melancholy Wookiee."

Despite her wishes, Ford didn't take to the stage with microphone in hand; though considering his reputation for being both incredibly private and rather shy, it's hardly surprising.

What did you think of this year's Oscars In Memoriam segment?

(Source: Vanity Fair, People, Variety)


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