It’s usually one of the most touching moments of the Academy Award ceremony: the In Memoriam segment that pays tribute to movie artists who have passed away during the last year. But while the tribute this year, introduced by Meryl Streep, remembered Hollywood greats such as Robin Williams, Mike Nichols, Maya Angelou, Richard Attenborough and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, comedian Joan Rivers, who appeared in a number of films as well as co-writing one, was left out of the video montage.
According to the Huffington Post, Reaction to the snub was immediate, with many questioning it all over social media.
Joan Rivers and Elaine Stritch were left out of 2015 Oscars In Memoriam segment–and Twitter is outraged: http://t.co/D86LEsviTJ
— E! News (@enews) February 23, 2015
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 23, 2015
The Academy released a statement about the snub, stating that Rivers was one of a number of artists who were unable to be featured in the video montage, but that they did include her in their “In Memoriam” gallery on line. And she wasn’t the only celebrity excluded from the video: Elaine Stritch, Richard Kiel and Taylor Negron were also left out.
Rivers did receive one tribute on Sunday night, from her daughter, Melissa Rivers, who aired a video tribute to her mother during E! Network’s red carpet special. Click here to see it.