Actor Mira Sorvino said she was “incredibly hurt and shocked” after her late father actor Paul Sorvinowas omitted from the Oscars in memoriam segment on Sunday night.
Sorvino, an Oscar-winning actress, shared a clip of her father’s tearful reaction to her victory, for her performance in the 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite. After sharing the images on Instagram before the Oscars The ceremony began, she later edited the caption to say she had learned he had not been included in the show’s annual in memoriam section, along with “several other incredible artists”.
“Incredibly hurt and shocked that my father’s huge irreplaceable contribution to the world of cinema has been ignored by anyone who made this list,” she wrote. “We, his beloved family, and you, his beloved audience, know how unique and amazing he was. We hope [the Academy] do something to remedy the situation.
She later shared a story on Twitter about her father’s omission, saying, “It’s disconcerting beyond belief that my beloved father and many other brilliant actors who passed away have been left behind. aside. The Oscars forgot about Paul Sorvino, but the rest of us never will!!”
Paul Sorvino’s widow, Dee Dee Sorvino, told People the omission was “unconscionable.”
“It’s a three hour show, can’t they give a few more minutes to get it right?” Paul Sorvino gave decades to this industry and was loved by all. Paul was not the only deserving soul left behind, and a QR code is not acceptable,” she said.
Paul Sorvino, famous for his performance in Les Affranchis, died in July at the age of 83.
The Academy was criticized for including some actors and film industry personalities in the TV segment, while relegating others to a website accessible via a dedicated QR code promoted during the broadcast.
Charlbi Dean, one of the protagonists of the top Triangle of Sadness nominee, was not included in the television segment. She died of bacterial sepsis in August, aged 32.
Anne Heche, died a week after a car accident in Augustwas only included on the website, as were Saving Private Ryan actor Tom Sizemore, who died just over a week before the ceremony, and actor Leslie Jordan, died aged 67 after a car accident in October. Actor Chaim Topol, who was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Fiddler on the Roof, was only included on the website, as was the actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried.
Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley who died in January, was not included on the show or website, despite her involvement in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic about her father.
Among those featured on the show were Olivia Newton-John, Nichelle Nichols, Robbie Coltrane, Kirstie Alley, Jean-Luc Godard, Raquel Welch, Ray Liotta and James Caan.