The “In Memoriam” segment of the Academy Awards is guaranteed to be two things: moving and frustrating. While we laud the academy for its efforts to be even more expansive at the 2018 Oscars with the number of people to whom it pays tribute (51), it is vexing that certain famous faces were excluded. Above, watch as Eddie Vedder sings the late Tom Petty‘s “Room at the Top” as the three minute video unspools.
Among those missing from this “In Memoriam” video, the most glaring omission is 1956 Best Supporting Actress winner Dorothy Malone (“Written on the Wind”). After more than a decade as a contract player at both RKO and Warner Bros., she changed her good girl image with her searing performance as an alcoholic in Douglas Sirk’s lush drama and took home an Oscar for her efforts. She went on to headline TV’s version of the Oscar-nominated “Peyton Place.” Malone died at age 93 on January 19 of this year.
Also MIA was 2015 Best Song nominee Glen Campbell (“I’m Not Going to Miss You”). Campbell co-wrote that tune for the documentary “I’ll Be Me,” which chronicled his farewell tour. He also co-starred opposite John Wayne in “True Grit,” the 1969 film that won the Duke his only Academy Award. Campbell died at age 81 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease on August 8 of last year.
Also snubbed was director Tobe Hooper, who launched a revival of slasher movies with his hit 1974 film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” He went on to helm the Oscar-nominated “Poltergeist” (1982). Hooper died at age 74 on August 26 of last year.
Actress Dina Merrill was worthy of inclusion as well. She appeared opposite Elizabeth Taylor in her Oscar-winning role in “Butterfield 8” and after a string of successes in film and television, she went on to revive RKO studios. Merrill died at age 93 on May 22 of last year. (An earlier version of this post said August 22, 2017.)
Fans were outraged that their TV favorites were snubbed but the Emmy Awards are a more suitable place to honor the likes of David Cassidy (“The Partridge Family”), Reg E. Cathey (“House of Cards”), Robert Guillaume (“Benson”), John Hillerman (“Magnum, P.I.”), Jim Nabors (“Gomer Pyle”), Della Reese (“Touched by an Angel”), David Ogden Stiers (“M*A*S*H”) and Adam West (“Batman”).