Ryan O’Neal confused by Farrah’s Oscar snub

Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett in 2003Everyone was left scratching their heads this year when the Academy Awards presented their tribute to industry professionals who had passed away in 2009, including Michael Jackson, David Carradine, Brittany Murphy, Patrick Swayze and Natasha Richardson, but didn’t include Farrah Fawcett. When asked about it, Ryan O’Neal told TMZ, “I’m as confused as everyone about it. They have to explain it. I can’t. Poor Farrah, is all I can say. We’re writing them a letter, Tatum and I. Tatum was shocked too.” When asked why Farrah would have been left out, he shrugged his shoulders and questioned, “She wasn’t well known enough?” He thinks maybe next year “They’ll slip her in. It’s a funny business.” An Academy spokesperson told the AP, “Every year it’s an unfortunate reality that we can’t include everybody.” What do you think? Should Farrah have been included in the tribute? ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. Missy • March 9, 2010 @ 12:25 PM

    They included several editors, writers, producers, none of which anyone outside the industry knew, but they didnt include one of the biggest names that passed away this year? And all they can say is “We cant include everyone?” It sounds more like someone just dropped the ball of that one…..

  2. demigod • March 9, 2010 @ 12:37 PM

    You said it Missy. What a horrible oversight. It deserves a better explanation. They included Britanny Murphy TWICE.

  3. Don Morrow • March 9, 2010 @ 2:53 PM

    They include someone who never appeared in one movie but exclude Farrah. At the very least it was bad manners and i think mean spirited

  4. sam • March 9, 2010 @ 3:10 PM

    MJ was in like what 2 movies, and one of them was only a cameo, and they left out Farrah who has done much more acting than he did. I think it was ridiculous how they had him in the line up, for all the other pics they had the words either actor, producer, writer, etc. But when it came to MJ, all it was was his name, which shows me they don’t really consider him an actor at all they just wanted him in the line up. Don’t get me wrong I love MJ, but I don’t think he had anyplace in that line up. First his death totally over shadows hers, and now Hollywood seems to have given her place in the RIP line up to Jackson. Hopefully they will add her in next year, and fix the mistake they made this year!

  5. whatever • March 9, 2010 @ 3:38 PM

    they shouldve included her. duh.

    but “poor farrah”? im sure shes enjoying life after death and doesnt care about the awards.

  6. Nancy • March 9, 2010 @ 7:21 PM

    I’m sure she’s not turning over in her grave or anything but it’s the point of it and there’s no going back and “fixing” it, putting her in next year. It’s done. The mistake has already been made. Farah did movies and MJ did music…the spotlight was on his life and death at the Grammy’s, Farah should have gotten hers at the Oscars. It was just plain disrespectful.

  7. Carol • March 9, 2010 @ 10:26 PM

    You are all right. Farah’s passing was overshadowed by Michael, and that is all wrong. Ever since they both passed away it’s like she disappeared and he became some huge saint. Terrible, and they can’t fix it, but I bet they won’t make a mistake like this again.

  8. demigod • March 9, 2010 @ 11:57 PM

    The Academy’s official explanation is that she was a tv show, tv movie actress. Unlike MJ lol

  9. sam • March 10, 2010 @ 1:39 AM

    She did way more movies than MJ ever did.

  10. ace • March 10, 2010 @ 1:54 AM

    that makes me sick that they would leave her out

  11. silver • March 10, 2010 @ 10:17 AM

    Although I mostly think of Farrah Fawcett for her TV shows and movies (as demigod points out is the supposed reason), that might be a fair reason “picking” another movie actress over her, but it makes no sense that MJ would be picked over her (as demigod also points out). I didn’t watch, but apparently Bea Arthur was omitted, and although mostly a TV and stage actress, did do a couple movies. And certainly much more of an actor than MJ.

  12. louann • March 10, 2010 @ 6:07 PM

    “The Academys official explanation is that she was a tv show, tv movie actress. Unlike MJ lol”

    That doesn’t hold water either.
    Not only was Farrah in a “real movie” (The Apostle, with Robert Duvall in 1997) she got raves for her performance as his wife.

    I honestly think when they compile their list of the recently deceased, one person is give the task and taking it off the top of their head. How you could overlook Farrah and yet mention MJ when they both went within hours of one another…it’s just stupidity.

    I’m bugged because they did the same thing the year John Candy died. No reason…he was in movies, he made money. They “just forgot.” nice

  13. demigod • March 10, 2010 @ 6:43 PM

    I hear Farrah will get the full treatment at the Emmys.

    I remember that..snubbing John Candy was even more inexplicable, and a travesty. What was the Academy’s reason then? Too Canadian?

  14. Brenda Lee Cole • March 11, 2010 @ 12:17 AM

    Farrah actually did a movie ” Burning Bed “in which she was up for an award, I believe. To omit her was a mistake. To say they could not include everyone, they could have done a longer guitar solo. That segment moved me to tears and was a nice way to show appriecation for those who entertain us.

  15. Susan • March 11, 2010 @ 1:27 PM

    It is a shame, if it was an oversite, just apoligize and admitt error…. we’re all human, but she should deserve the same as all the others that have passed on….. she did do a couple of movies, so being a TV actress is no excuse….

  16. Maurício Exenberger • March 11, 2010 @ 6:29 PM

    Farrah was a big star. I remember when she (beautiful) went in Oscar’s show with Cary Grant in 1978.

  17. Jo-Anne • March 13, 2010 @ 11:18 PM

    tha Academy would have been better off to have apologized for the oversight instead of making such a flimsy excuse for their disrespect…

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