The 80th Annual Academy Award Obit List

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
Barry Nelson
Kitty Carlisle Hart
Betty Hutton
Calvin Lockhart
Jane Wyman
Melville Shavelson (writer)
Curtis Harrington (director)
Jack Valenti
Michael Kidd (dancer)
Michelangelo Antonioni
Delbert Mann (director)
Montague “Monty” G. Westmore (makeup)
Peter T. Handford (sound)
Bud Ekins (stuntman)
Bernard Gordon (writer)
Dabbs Greer
Jean-Claude Brialy
Harold Michelson (art director)
Laraine Day
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Lois Maxwell
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)
Miyoshi Umeki
Suzanne Pleshette
Deborah Kerr
Peter Ellenshaw (visual effects)
Peter Zinner (film editor)
Freddie Francis (cinematographer)
Ingmar Bergman (director)
Ray Evans (music)
William Tuttle (makeup)
Heath Ledger

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.


4 Responses

  1. Ron,
    Send the show a copy of this post. They should hire YOU!

  2. Hi,
    I was really surprised Kerwin Mathews was left off the list, and even more surprised that one of the 1940’s and 50’s most glamorous stars, Yvonne de Carlo was given no mention . I’ve noticed in recent years stars from the past are included less, and perhaps more of a trend to include behind the scenes people that most of the general public have never heard of. Even the printed media don’t always cover the passing of many major old time stars!

  3. Charles Lane’s exclusion from the scroll of the dead was particularly galling because Lane was one of the original members of the Screen Actors Guild.

  4. Thank you so much for doing this for us who missed that part of the awards. It’s something I always watch also. The people forgotten what a shame about all they have given the entertainment field. Great job!!

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