If you were like me, you probably caught that the Oscar In Memoriam segment included a nod to Michael Jackson (who did star in The Wiz and his recent concert film This is It), and like many, probably thought it was kind of sweet that he was there. However, the next day, it was reported that there were some glaring omissions, most notably Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur. This lead many to wonder just how something like that could happen, especially in the case of Fawcett, who had a good amount of film credits. Unfortunately, the answer from the Academy probably won’t please many: According to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive director Bruce Davis, there were just too many people to fit in the short segment, and he felt that Fawcett was better known for her T.V. work, and would be better suited to be honored at the Emmy’s. When asked why Jackson was included, David said it was because he starred in a recent popular movie.
I don’t want to take anything away from Michael Jackson (since I am a huge fan of his music), but if that argument that Farrah Fawcett and others were left out because they were better known for their T.V. work, then shouldn’t the same be said for Jackson, since he was, in fact, more known for his music than anything else. In fact, if you look at the segment again, everyone has a label such as writer or actor, and when Jackson’s name comes up, nothing. Not even singer or musician. I really don’t think there was any huge conspiracy going on, I just feel that in this case, it was a matter of poor judgement. Hopefully there’ll be a little more care taken in the future. To that end, I will say I am glad they did include Jackson, in case people thought otherwise. I just wish they hadn’t left some others out.