Oscars chief speaks out on Farrah Fawcett 'snub'

Wednesday March 10, 2010

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has addressed its controversial decision to omit Farrah Fawcett from the 'In Memorandum' section of Sunday night's Oscars ceremony.

Family of the Charlie's Angels star, who passed away in June 2009, have expressed their sadness and shock that the actress was not included in the segment.

But the Academy's executive director, Bruce Davis, has said the star was better known for her "remarkable television work", and it would therefore be more appropriate to honour her at the Emmy Awards.

He also said the committee had debated including Farrah in the memorial, but that "an unusual number of extremely distinguished screenwriters" had died this year.

Adding he was not surprised fans and family were upset by the decision, Mr Davis added: "In every category, you are going to miss some wonderful people. There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all. They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it," he said.

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