Oscars 'in memoriam' segment snubs Anne Heche and more, frustrating viewers

Oscars viewers were disappointed to see some major late stars missing from the televised tribute to those in the film industry who have died in the past year, including Anne Heche.

The 2023 Academy Awards broadcast its annual ‘In Memoriam’ segment during the celebratory ceremony, allowing everyone in attendance to reflect on much missed colleagues.

The film montage was introduced by John Travolta, who choked up as he paid tribute to his former Grease co-star and close friend Dame Olivia Newton John, who died last August at the age of 73, after a long battle with breast cancer.

Accompanied by Lenny Kravitz, who sang and played Calling All Angels on the piano, stars such as Ray Liotta, Burt Bacharach and Dame Angela Lansbury featured on the slides.

However, viewers were unimpressed to see some glaring omissions during the segment.

Actress Anne Heche, who died in a car crash aged just 53 in August, was one notable missing person, despite her career including the films Donnie Brasco and Six Days Seven Nights, as well as extensive TV work, which even earned her an Emmy nomination.

Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino wasn’t anywhere to be seen either, after his death in July, aged 83.

He had also appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet,  Once Upon A Time in Queens and TV shows like hat’s Life, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and The Goldbergs.

Charlbi Dean was also missing, despite appearing as the lead actress in one of this year’s best picture Oscar-nominated films, Triangle of Sadness, opposite Woody Harrelson.

Dean died aged only 32 in August from bacterial sepsis, with her death ruled an accident.

The South African model-turned-actress had also featured in the superhero TV show Black Lightning.

‘No Anne Heche In Memorium? They did her dirty,’ tweeted one annoyed viewer, while another added: ‘I know cutting time but too too many left out of the Memoriam [sic].’

‘Anne Heche wasn’t included In Memoriam by @TheAcademy tonight. She was a film star and should have been included,’ insisted an unhappy fan.

Two-time Oscar nominee Melina Dillon, for Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Absence of Malice, was also absent.

Israeli star Chaim Topol, best-known for starring as Tevye in the classic 1971 film Fiddler On The Roof, was missing following his death on Wednesday aged 87.

Oscar winners 2023

Here are the winners for the 95th Oscar Awards:

Best motion picture of the year

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Brendan Fraser in The Whale

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Ke Huy Quan in Everything Everywhere All at Once

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Jamie Lee Curtis in Everything Everywhere All at Once

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Naatu Naatu from RRR, Music by M.M. Keeravaani; Lyric by Chandrabose

Achievement in directing

Everything Everywhere All at Once – Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

Best animated feature film of the year

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Achievement in cinematography

All Quiet on the Western Front

Achievement in costume design

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Best documentary feature


Best documentary short subject

The Elephant Whisperers

Achievement in film editing

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best international feature film of the year

All Quiet on the Western Front – Germany

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

The Whale

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

All Quiet on the Western Front – Volker Bertelmann

Achievement in production design

All Quiet on the Western Front

Best animated short film

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Best live action short film

An Irish Goodbye

Achievement in sound

Top Gun: Maverick

Achievement in visual effects

Avatar: The Way of Water

Adapted screenplay

Women Talking

Original screenplay

Everything Everywhere All at Once

This year’s big winner at the Oscars was Everything Everywhere All at Once, which scooped seven awards including best film and best director and also three of the four acting gongs.

Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan were all first-time nominees.

Metro.co.uk has contacted The Academy for comment.

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