I watch the Academy Awards last night, like I do every year, and waited for the segment that I enjoy watching every year. This is when the Oscars salute the people who have taken the Final Taxi in the last year. Here is the list if you missed it:
Roscoe Lee Browne
Kitty Carlisle Hart
Melville Shavelson (writer)
Curtis Harrington (director)
Michael Kidd (dancer)
Delbert Mann (director)
Montague “Monty” G. Westmore (makeup)
Peter T. Handford (sound)
Bud Ekins (stuntman)
Bernard Gordon (writer)
Harold Michelson (art director)
Laszlo Kovacs (cinematographer)
Robert Clark (director)
George Jenkins (art director)
Johnny Grant (executive)
Frank E. Rosenfelt (executive)
Martin Manulis (producer)
Donfeld (costume designer)
Sembene Ousmane (director)
Freddy Fields (agent)
Robert Lantz (agent)
Ray Kurtzman (executive)
Peter Ellenshaw (visual effects)
Peter Zinner (film editor)
Freddie Francis (cinematographer)
Ingmar Bergman (director)
Ray Evans (music)
William Tuttle (makeup)
I suddenly felt a bit shocked as it ended. Wait a minute. There is a few names missing off that list.
I would think most of the old-time Hollywood players would have wanted Joey Bishop or Robert Goulet names to be seen.
Also curiously missing was Alice Ghostley. I would think that a star in To Kill A Mockingbird or Grease would be enough to warrant mentioning. I missed seeing Lois Nettleton and Marcel Marceau, the famous mime who was in films.
Ron Carey was in many Mel Brooks films and did not have his name on the list nor was Sidbad’s Kerwin Mathews.
Beside actors not being on there I saw no mention of the animator for the Pink Panther opening credits, Warren Batchelder (who also did several Warner Bros cartoons) and missing was Art Stevens the man who drew several Disney classic films including “Peter Pan”, “Winnie the Pooh”, “Fantasia” and later co-directed “The Fox and the Hound” and “The Rescuers.”
The biggest slap in the face was to Charles Lane. Lane, whose career spanned more than 60 years, appeared in such film classics as “It‘s a Wonderful Life,” “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Primrose Path ” and “Murphy’s Romance” with Sally Field in 1986.
Mr. Lane was in “The Music Man,” “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and “The Carpetbaggers,” among his many films.
Someone at the Academy Awards needs to do their homework and remember the old Hollywood stars.