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Farrah Fawcett's Oscar Snub


Ten years ago, my brothers and I drafted a dead pool.  At some point I deemed the contest grossly insensitive and stopped updating the page, but I didn't delete it.  Instead, I changed "the dead pool" into the slightly less offensive Celebrity Death Watch.

When a famous person kicks the bucket, I write about it and add them to that page.  When Farrah Fawcett passed away last year, she got an entry, even though her death was overshadowed a few hours later by another celebrity passing.

During the Oscar telecast Sunday night, they aired this "in memoriam" segment, as they do every year.  It includes just about everyone in the world of film that passed away during the previous year.  Michael Jackson was recognized, even though he's not primarily known for his film career, but Farrah Fawcett was snubbed.

I didn't notice the Farrah Fawcett snub on Sunday night, but thought it was awfully strange when Jill left a comment about it on this entry.  Although best known as a television star, Farwcett did appear in 19 films, including The Apostle, Extremities, Cannonball Run, and Logan's Run. They recognize people for far, far less than that.

The Academy can't even claim it was an accident.  Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences spokeswoman Leslie Unger says "every year, it's an unfortunate reality that we can't include everybody".

You'd think they'd have found a second or two for Farrah.  As the kids are saying, this was a huge FAIL.

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