Post-Academy Awards on Sunday night, I've been reading several comments about the omission of Farrah Fawcett from the "In Memoriam" section of the show. No doubt the Academy made a mistake. Though Fawcett, who died last June after a long battle with cancer, made her fame primarily in television, she did appear in a number of films -- Logan's Run, Saturn 3 and others -- the Academy thought enough of her to invite her to present on three occasions.
In 1978 she presented for "Best Film Editing", in 1980 she was on again for "Best Visual Effects" (of course an obvious nod to her looks), and back again for her last presentation job again for "Best Film Editing". To not include her in the memorial section was not a good decision and actually makes her omission overshadow the importance of some of those who were included.
Another Academy memorial miss was the great Bea Arthur, who though clearly primarily a television performer and a true legend, had also been a presenter on the Academy Awards on 1973 for the "Short Subjects" category and made a few films (at right, in Mame). It seems as though if they decided to put Michael Jackson in there, who primarily achieved his fame in music and a few movie roles, then they could have squeezed Farrah and Bea in there. Woulda...coulda...shoulda.
The fact that there are complaints about these omissions shows that it could have been done better. If it's that they have to cut the list down for time, expand it. Better to have more names and faster than leave someone out. This is their last hurrah, after all. And if they had appeared on a past Academy Award telecast, of course they should make the cut.
I will be writing soon about Farrah's groundbreaking television movie The Burning Bed very soon. I just re-watched it, and it still works.