'Baffling beyond belief': Paul Sorvino among entertainers omitted from Oscars' In Memoriam

Streaming HUBMarch 14, 2023

(KTLA) – This is usually the saddest part of the Academy Awards ceremony: In Memoriam tributes to notable entertainers who have died in the past year.

On Sunday night, John Travolta apparently felt suffocated as he sang “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by Olivia Newton-John, Travolta’s “Grease” co-star who died of cancer in August 2022. went on stage for

“Since tonight is a celebration of the work and achievements of our community this past year, it is only fitting that we celebrate those we have lost, those who have dedicated their lives to their craft, both front and behind the camera, through their immeasurable contributions,” said an emotionally emotional Travolta.

“Each of them left a personal and indelible mark that shared and informed us, touched our hearts, made us smile, and became dear friends to whom we will forever be devoted.”

The spotlight then shone on Lenny Kravitz, who played his 2004 hit, “Calling All Angels,” as the Academy showed portraits of those passing out.

Newton-John was featured alongside Kirsty Alley, James Caan, Ray Liotta, Angelo Badalamenti, Jean-Luc Godard, Irene Cara, Julie Reichert, Burt Bacharach, Angela Lansbury, Mary Alice and Raquel Welch.

However, many people noticed that some names were absent. These include Anne Heche, Leslie Jordan, Paul Sorvino, Tom Sizemore, Gilbert Gottfried, Charlby Dean, Tony Sirico, Barbara Walters, and Topol.

The academy has a full list of the deceased on its website here, which was mentioned on Sunday night.

Actress Mira Sorvino took to Twitter to express her displeasure over her father’s omission.

“It is shocking beyond belief that my dear father and so many other amazingly talented late actors were left out,” Sorvino tweetedmonday. “The Oscars forgot about Paul Sorvino, but the rest of us never will!!”

Some also noted that Sachin Littlefeather was not mentioned, even though the Academy recently formally apologized for its treatment of him at the 1973 Oscars, when he nominated Marlon Brando for “The Godfather”. declined a Best Actor award and spoke out about the stereotyping of Native Americans in the film industry. ,

This could possibly be explained by a request by Littlefeather’s sister to spare him, claiming that Littlefeather was not of Native American heritage. Rosalind Cruz claims that her parents were of Mexican and European heritage.

“I don’t think it should be mentioned at all – period. It’s disingenuous and has no relation to the truth,” Rosalind Cruz told the NY Post. “The only thing she can be mentioned as is a woman who was refused an Oscar for Marlon Brando, who called herself Sachin Littlefeather, but was not of Native American heritage.”


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