A couple of beloved genre names were left off the Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment last night, which pays tribute to members of the entertainment industry who have passed on.
While it was heartening to see Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero take his rightful place alongside the many other luminaries who left the realm of human understanding in 2017, the folks at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences who put together the annual tribute left off several other important figures.
Chief among those was legendary director Tobe Hooper, who died last year at age 74 and who was responsible for two of horror's all-time classics: the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist (he also directed the first TV adaptation of 'Salem's Lot and the legendary-for-different-reasons Lifeforce, among others).
Fans took to Twitter immediately to point out the omission, noting that the show even used a clip from Texas Chain Saw Massacre in another montage earlier in the evening:
Meanwhile, also missing from the tribute was Adam West, TV's beloved first Batman, who passed away last June at the age of 88. While West's contribution to entertainment was primarily on TV, his Batman is a cultural icon that is recognized by generations of fans to this day. Again, the Twitter response was vehement:
Also among the missing: director Lewis Gilbert, who helmed three James Bond movies, including The Spy Who Loved Me, which revived the series after a few stagnant years and became Roger Moore's signature outing in the role.
The Academy says every year that it can't include every artist who passed away in the previous 12 months, and indeed there were other non-genre omissions this year as well. But in a ceremony that saw genre entertainment rewarded with the Academy's highest honors, one would hope that a couple more of its most renowned figures would be remembered as well.
(via The Wrap)