The 95th Annual Academy Awards promised to be eventful and it wouldn’t be a true awards show without some drama. While nothing can match the slap heard around the world from last year’s show, this year had its own share of drama.
A portion of the awards show paid tribute to actors and filmmakers who died in the past year. Paul Sorvino, who died in the summer of 2022, was omitted from the list sparking outrage among his family. Mira Sorvino, the daughter of late Italian actor Paul Sorvino, called out the academy for their treatment of her father's legacy.
Mira took to Twitter to vent her frustrations. “It is baffling beyond belief that my beloved father and many other amazingly brilliant departed actors were left out,” she said “The Oscars forgot about Paul Sorvino, but the rest of us never will!!”
It is baffling beyond belief that my beloved father and many other amazing brilliant departed actors were left out. The Oscars forgot about Paul Sorvino, but the rest of us never will!! https://t.co/dbgcfb1qy3 via @forthewin— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) March 13, 2023
At the end of the In Memoriam portion montage, a QR code appeared, leading to a website with a longer list of names, of which Sorvino was included.
Paul’s widow, Dee Dee, commented on the omission from the montage. “Paul was not the only deserving soul left out, and a QR Code is not acceptable.” She continued, “The Academy needs to issue an apology, admit the mistake and do better. Paul Sorvino deserves better, the audience deserves better. Is the Academy so jaded they forget people who are loved, who have given their hearts to this industry?”
The Academy was quick to respond saying: “The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment. An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time.”
Paul was not the only actor who was noticeably left out of the In Memoriam montage. Anne Heche and model Charlbi Dean, who was the star of Best Picture nominee Triangle of Sadness were also omitted.
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