After celebrating a string of wins at the 2019 Oscars, the Academy took time out to pay tribute to the stars who have left us in 2018. Unfortunately, Carol Channing and more did not make the ‘In Memoriam’ segment.
Burt Reynolds, Margot Kidder, and Penny Marshall were just a few of the many beloved faces that flashed on the big screen during the “In Memoriam” segment at the 2019 Oscars. But not all fans could mourn their favorite stars on Feb. 24, as viewers felt especially hurt that Carol Channing, a prolific Broadway star renown for her iconic role in the musical Hello, Dolly!, didn’t make it into the “In Memoriam” montage. She had just passed away on Jan. 15, 2019.
“Also did they SERIOUSLY just leave Academy Award Nominee CAROL CHANNING out of the In Memoriam section????!? Are you kidding me!?!” one angry viewer tweeted. Carol was nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in the 1967 film Thoroughly Modern Millie. Another fan wrote, “Disgraceful omission of Carol Channing, entertainment icon and
#AcademyAwardNominee from the In Memoriam.”
Viewers were also peeved that stars like Verne Troyer (Austin Powers film franchise) and John Mahoney (Frasier) weren’t included in the tribute! “They forgot Verne Troyer during the ‘In Memoriam’ and I am livid,” one fan tweeted, and another angry viewer asked, “Why no John Mahoney??”
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 25, 2019
Notable In Memoriam omissions:
-Carol Channing, nominated for Thoroughly Modern Millie
-Gary Kurtz, producer of American Graffiti and Star Wars
-Stanley Donen, director of Singin' in the Rain, On the Town, and Charade
— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) February 25, 2019
But other fans were appreciative when they saw Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel Comics, in the montage. “Stan Lee in the
#Oscars In Memoriam. It still hurts,” Jeremy Conrad, the founder of the MCU Cosmic website, tweeted. One fan wrote, “I legit started crying when Stan Lee showed up in the In Memoriam montage. We miss you Stan. So much.” Stan has created countless superheroes like Thor and The Hulk, and two movies starring his original superheroes — Spider-Man and Black Panther — even won Oscars tonight (Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). Stan passed away on Nov. 12, 2018.
The Academy did its best to honor deserving stars on Sunday night. On the award front, Olivia Coleman nabbed “Best Actress” for her role in The Favourite, and Rami Malek won the “Best Actor” Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody, just to name a few of the memorable wins — check out the full winners’ list, here.