AceShowbiz - A number of stars who passed away in the past year were honored in the "In Memoriam" segment during the 2015 Academy Awards on Sunday night, February 22. Notably left out from the tribute was %cJoan Rivers%, despite the fact that the comedian was one of the biggest names in the industry when she was alive.
Rivers, who passed away back in September following complications from a surgery, was best known for her appearances on TV shows like E!'s "Fashion Police". She, however, also took part in several movies including "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and "Spaceballs". She additionally wrote and directed the 1978 comedy "Rabbit Test".
Dissatisfied fans then took to Twitter to express their anger over the snub. "Dear @TheAcademy : It was really shameful that you didn't include #JoanRivers in your 'In Memoriam' tribute at the #Oscars. That was wrong," one fan tweeted. "I'm actually legitimately pissed that Joan Rivers was not a part of that In Memoriam. #Oscars2015," another added.
One fan even posted a screengrab of Rivers' IMDB page featuring her filmography. "Joan Rivers has one heck of an IMDB page...was she missed on purpose in memoriam? #Oscars2015," read the caption. Many other fans also blasted the Academy for not acknowledgding %cElaine Stritch% whose credits included 1957's "A Farewell to Arms", 1987's "September" and 2005's "Monster-in-Law".
This year's "In Memoriam" segment honored the likes of %cRobin Williams%, %cMike Nichols%, %cLauren Bacall%, %cEdward Herrmann%, %cMickey Rooney% and %cMaya Angelou% among others. The late stars were featured in a video montage played before %cJennifer Hudson% performed "I Can't Let Go" from "Smash".