Bosses at the Oscars have defended their decision to leave Farrah Fawcett
out of the memorial montage - insisting it's impossible to pay tribute to every star who passed away in the last year.
The Charlie's Angels
actress, who died in June, was absent from the Academy Awards' tribute section on Sunday night, which marked the deaths of stars including Brittany Murphy
and Patrick Swayze
The snub sparked speculation she was left out because of her predominant television career, with some online critics slamming the ceremony heads for not adding her to the clip.Jane Fonda
was also shocked Fawcett was left out, and wrote on Twitter.com: "Where was Farrah Fawcett
? She should have been included."
Screenwriter Roger Ebert
added, "No Farrah in the memorial. They have a whole lot of 'splaining (sic) to do."
And U.S. TV personality Star Jones
is fuming the actress was not included, because she appeared in movies including The Cannonball Run
and The Apostle
and was even nominated for a Golden Globe for 1987 film Extremities
Jones writes on her Twitter page, "Fyi (for your information)... Farrah had a very diverse career... that included Broadway, TV & Film. She even received a Golden Globe nom (sic)."
But Oscar bosses have defended their decision. Bruce Davis, the executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, says, "It is the single most troubling element of the Oscar show every year. Because more people die each year than can possibly be included in that segment. You are dropping people who the public knows. It's just not comfortable."