She graced the red carpet for years interviewing Hollywood's biggest stars and critiquing their fashion choices, so when it came time to the "In Memoriam" segment at the Oscars Sunday night, many were shocked that the late Joan Rivers was not included.
The iconic comedian may not have been considered a movie star, but her presence in Hollywood for decades was one that should be remembered, according to fans and industry insiders. Many took to Twitter to announce their disappointment in the Academy for the snub. Famous television critic James Poniewozik wrote, "Did I miss Joan Rivers? Or did the Oscars?" And TV host Scott Nevins said, "Shameful that @TheAcademy still treated @Joan_Rivers like crap even after death. Get over yourselves."
A representative for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences quickly defended their decision by releasing a statement. "Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the 'In Memoriam' segment of this year's Oscar show. She is, however, included in our 'In Memoriam' gallery on Oscar.com," they said.
The 81-year-old, who passed away in September during what was supposed to be a routine procedure, appeared in several films including The Muppets Take Manhattan and Spaceballs. She also wrote and directed the 1978 comedy Rabbit Test.
Broadway legend Elaine Stritch was another notable left out of the segment despite her work in everything from 1957’s A Farewell to Arms to September to 2005’s Monster-in-Law.