Thursday, February 28, 2008


I've read in a few blogs that supposedly only Academy members and award winners are allowed during the memorial segment shown at the Oscars. However, that argument didn't hold up as they neglected to show members like Lois Nettleton and John P. Ryan.

I never even noticed the omission of Brad Renfro (bleeped off as I was about Charles Lane being excluded), but apparently he was the spearhead for the criticisms over how the tributes were handled.

Ken Levine, writer and director of such shows as 'Cheers' and 'M*A*S*H', had this to say about the situation:

"When contacted about the Brad Renfro oversight in the "In Memoriam" piece, a spokesman for the AMPAS said it was an "editorial decision made because not everyone could be included." Oh really? But it's okay to show a couple of agents."

So that steams me up even more that Charles Lane was excluded from the montage salute.

Toby OB

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