LOS ANGELES –– In a tribute that was supposed to be free of controversy, the Academy apparently forgot to mention several names in their yearly segment honoring talents that died in the last year, upsetting many on social media.
After David Grohl of “Foo Fighters” performed a rendition of “Blackbird” commemorating the likes of Alan Rickman, David Bowie and many other deceased luminaries, the internet blew up in outrage pointing out those who were missed.
Among them is Brooklyn-born actor Abe Vigoda who starred in all of the Godfather movies and who passed away in his Woodlawn, New Jersey home last month. The 94-year-old’s exclusion was met with confusion on Twitter.
In addition to Vigoda, other noted absences included actors Tony Burton, Stanley Mann, George Gaynes and Joan Leslie.
While Vigoda wasn’t named in the video tribute, the Academy mentioned Vigoda in a photo gallery online.