(KTLA) – This is usually the darkest part of the Academy Awards ceremony: honoring famous artists who have died in the past year.
John Travolta was visibly out of breath as he took the stage to ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ on Sunday night Olivia Newton-Johnone of Travolta’s Grease co-stars, who died of cancer in August 2022.
“As tonight is a celebration of the work and achievements of our community over the past year, it is only fitting that we celebrate those we have lost who have dedicated their lives to their craft, both in front of and behind the camera, for their immeasurable contributions.” – said Travolta with visible emotions.
“Each of them left an individual and indelible mark that they shared and informed us, they touched our hearts, they made us smile and became dear friends to whom we will always remain hopelessly loyal.”
The spotlight then turned to Lenny Kravitz, who performed his 2004 hit “Calling All Angels” as the Academy unveiled portraits of those who passed.
Newton-John was featured alongside Kirstie Alley, James Caan, Ray Liotta, Angelo Badalamenti, Jean-Luc Goddard, Irene Cara, Julie Reichert, Burt Bacharach, Angela Lansbury, Mary Ellis and Raquel Welch.
However, many noticed that quite a few names were missing. They include Anne Hech, Leslie Jordan, Paul Sarvino, Tom Sizemore, Gilbert Gottfried, Charlby Dean, Tony Sirico, Barbara Walters and Topol.
The Academy’s website has a complete list of the deceased herewhich was discussed on Sunday night.
Actress Mira Sorvino took to Twitter to express her outrage at her father’s inaction.
“It’s incredibly strange that my beloved father and so many other great, brilliant actors have been left out.” Sorvino wrote on Twitter Monday. “Oscar forgot about Paul Sorvino, but the rest of us never will!!”
Some have also noted this Sachin Littlefeather was not mentioned, even after the Academy recently formally apologized for the way she was treated at the 1973 Academy Awards, when she refused to accept Marlon Brando’s Best Actor award for The Godfather and said about stereotypes of Native Americans in the film industry.
This can probably be explained Littlefeather’s sister’s request to leave her, claiming that Littlefeather was not of Native American heritage. Rosalind Cruz claims that her parents were of Mexican and European descent.
“I believe that it should not be mentioned at all – period. It is a fraud and has nothing to do with the truth,” Rosalind Cruz told the NY Post. “The only thing she can be remembered for is the woman who turned down an Oscar for Marlon Brando, who called himself Sachin Littlefeather but wasn’t Native American.”
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