Award shows are never without controversy. People are snubbed both with the nominations and then with the award, something might have been let slip or taken out of context on the red carpet or during an acceptance speech, fashion is always a dicey area and we need not even venture into the risk in performances during award shows. However, an area that always attracts attention is the in memoriam segments and last night’s BAFTAs segment has caused some ire from fans of those who were glaringly omitted.
While the montage paid tribute to a number of the greats both in front and between the camera who had died in the past year, such as Peter O’Toole, Joan Fontaine, Paul Walker and the recently deceased Philip Seymour Hoffman and Shirley Temple, there were some well-respected members of the entertainment community, including a multi-award winner, that were missing. The three that are garnering the most attention at having been excluded are The Sopranos’ James Gandolfini, Harry Potter’s Richard Griffiths and Only Fools and Horses’ Roger Lloyd Pack. Gandolfini’s absence is more surprising given the fact that in this year he has posthumously been nominated for his role in Enough Said at both the SAG and Independent Spirit Awards.
It didn’t take long for fans of the actors to take to social media to express their outrage, with posts such as the selection below:
Was the James Gandolfini omission in @BAFTA‘s obituary list just an unfortunate oversight? It amazes me how such a giant could be forgotten.
— Luke Richardson (@luke_richardson) February 17, 2014
Wow, just heard that @BAFTA not only left out Gandolfini but also Richard Griffiths from the in memorium segment, that is appalling
— Josiah Doal (@Josiah_42) February 17, 2014
Let’s not ask who is more worthy of being remembered but James Gandolfini being left out IS a load of bollocks. #BAFTAs
— David Bedwell (@DavidBedwell) February 16, 2014
It has been suggested that the omission was due to the fact that the three were predominately known for their TV work and this was the Film BAFTAs, however, all three had long and distinguished films careers. Apart from Enough Said, Gandolfini was a star of 30 films including True Romance and Zero Dark Thirty. Both Griffiths and Pack were involved in the Harry Potter franchise. In addition, Griffiths starred in Withnail & I and The History Boys. Pack had appeared in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Interview With A Vampire, among others.
Whatever the reason for the snub, Oscar producers take note. However, they seem to have learnt their lesson the hard way and since last year, in order to ensure no one is overlooked, the Academy now posts a supplementary gallery of deceased stars on their website.