Joan Rivers Excluded From 2015 Oscars 'In Memoriam' Montage

Joan Rivers Oscars Memoriam

It’s an unfortunate, yet seemingly inevitable, Oscars occurrence: Every year, without fail, someone is left out of the “In Memoriam” sequence.

This year’s offensive exclusion appears to be the late, great Joan Rivers, whose absence from the montage sent the Twitterverse into an immediate tizzy — and rightfully so.

For the record, Rivers appeared in many films during her incredible career in Hollywood, including Muppets Take Manhattan (pictured), Serial Mom, Iron Man 3, Spaceballs, The Smurfs and her own documentary A Piece of Work. She also directed the 1978 comedy Rabbit Test, which starred Billy Crystal and Doris Roberts. (And let’s not forget that Rivers is largely responsible for putting the Oscars’ red carpet on the map.)

The Emmy-winning comedian died in Sept. 2014, following surgery complications.

UPDATE (Feb. 23): The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released a statement regarding the omission…

Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year’s Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com.

Your thoughts on Rivers’ exclusion from tonight’s telecast? Any other deceased stars you noticed were missing from the tribute? Drop ’em in the comments section below.

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135 Comments
  1. M says:

    this is actually ridiculous, she basically created the red carpet that networks make so much money from

    • Cindy says:

      I totally agree! The red carpet hasn’t been the same.

    • A fan of TV says:

      Sorry but to the Academy she created a biotchfest expensive sideshow then spent days on TV discussing how plastic celebs wear clothes better than those with natural body types. She made no significant contributions to making movies.

      • pam says:

        which is pretentious because love her or loathe her joan made the awards relevant to another generation, the oscars don’t nominate films a lot of people know/actors many people are familiar with so why would the general public care who wins yet another award

  2. Elisabeth says:

    Also Jan Hooks.

  3. atomicflea says:

    So sad to see she was left off and she spoke often about how important it was to her to be thought of as an actress.

  4. manda says:

    I’m PISSED!!!!

  5. Frank Patton says:

    Don’t forget Rabbit Test

  6. Peggy Campbell says:

    Disappointed Joan Rivers left out of Montage……..bad decision. Joan is an icon. Can’t even remember some of those who were mentioned fifteen minutes ago???

  7. james says:

    What a disgrace. Joan deserved to be honored. She was on tv for 40 years and didn’t deserve to be smacked in the dave by the most boring oscars EVER!

    • David4 says:

      Oscars are for movies, not TV, that point is invalid.

      However the Oscars are more boring than the other award shows, I knew that and was prepared and it’s still incredibly boring!

      • Lora says:

        Joan Rivers was a film actress, too.

        • Mary says:

          Yes she was in a couple small films mention above, which I didn’t know, but sorry when I think of Joan Rivers I think comedian, and TV. I do think she should of got a shot out due to the fact of bringing the red carpet to live, but it doesn’t make me enrage like some people.

          • Dave Feland says:

            “Spaceballs” was not a small movie, and wasn’t her only one either. But making the red carpet the event it is now is her biggest achievement. The segment was rather poorly done, not the usual large list of people – probably due to the watercolor paintings they used. Hopefully they’ve learned from this for next year.

      • Lizo says:

        I think the point that the Oscars are for films is rather short sighted at this point. Even if Rivers hadn’t been in films or been a founder of the red carpet, she’s still a huge Hollywood icon and I think regardless of medium, some people transcend them and have an impact on Hollywood and should be honoured as such.

    • Rhoda Pires says:

      totally agree

    • Dork !! You need to educate your self on her great contribution to the Red Carpet /Fashion Police & being the 1st sucessful women comedians.

  8. Jodi says:

    Also Carol Ann Susi.

  9. GeoDiva says:

    Shame on the Academy!

  10. Veronica Renna says:

    She definitely should have been in the montage..Joan is just as much a part of the Movie Scene as everyone who was shown

  11. SHAME ON THEM!

    Joan Rivers — appeared and worked in MULTI platforms of entertainment: tv, film, recording, stage , writer, etc.,
    She WAS in film… doesn’t matter.
    They were honoring editors, designers, producers, writers, etc…
    Her films over the decades are listed here.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/joan-rivers-quicklist-movies-shows-netflix-hulu/story?id=25262652
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Rivers

    • KCC says:

      If they honored everyone that passed that was involved in 20 odd films in the last 60 years it would take over an hour and most of them even people in the film industry would say “who is that?” Just because she was in some movies and she was famous does not qualify her for inclusion. The Oscar tribute is for FILM work, not TV, recording, stage, etc. I applaud the Academy of Film Arts and Sciences for not including a familiar face just to get some applause. Joan will not doubt be celebrated for her contributions to TV and stand-up comedy, but without that work outside of film, I doubt anyone would have noticed her exclusion based solely on her work in film.

  12. schu says:

    Very surprising. I also wish they would have done film clip montages as they normally do instead of using the time for JHud’s song, not that she isn’t a worthy performer, but I’d rather pay more tribute to the film legends.

  13. Nicole says:

    So what? She may have been a pioneer in comedy but she lost tons of credibility when she started being hateful and mean about what people wore to awards shows. No one deserves to be ridiculed they way she and her kind did.

  14. Lia says:

    Joan is dearly missed, but the In Memoriam lists Academy members – was she one of them?

  15. Sue B says:

    Can’t believe Joan Rivers was not a part of the montage of those who died this past year. Shame on you academy!!

  16. Sara says:

    Also Taylor Negron. It happens every year, still remember the exclusion of Farina

  17. Jane says:

    How despicable that they left out the great Joan Rivers! And the worst oscars ever.

  18. Jack Seiler says:

    Although it seems unlikely, is it possible Joan Rivers wasn’t included due to lack of being a member of the AMPAS? I mean, membership is by invitation, and there is the possibility she wasn’t a member. Hence, the exclusion. That said, if she was a member, shame on the AMPAS for such a gross oversight!

  19. Mary says:

    I wonder how many members of the Academy she pissed off with her mean spirited and cutting remarks on their fashion choices. There are plenty of other people left off in the past who were far more deserving

  20. Definitely Christine Cavanaugh. She voiced in a Best Picture nominee (Babe), for God’s sake!

  21. Sam says:

    Elaine stritch!

  22. JT says:

    The appearances in these films are cameos or voiceover work, with the exception of a documentary (“Piece of Work).” That only leaves “Rabbit Test” — not much of a film legacy. I’m sure that’s why the Academy passed her over. I loved Joan Rivers, but I do understand this.

  23. Jerry Meza says:

    Elaine Stritch was also left out!

  24. Other Matt says:

    Shirley Temple-Black, yes she was left out.

  25. Ashbash says:

    I feel like she will be in the Emmy one for all of the tv folk who have passed over the last year because I don’t think of movies when Joan rivers is brought up I think of TV which is where she had a bigger and huge impact on. I can understand Joan being left out of the oscars montage due to her not having a movie presence. If she’s left out of the Emmy memoriam then thats a slap in the face to her legacy

  26. Joe smith says:

    She was lest out because she critised our gloriest president or king. You chose. People wake up we are in a lot of trouble

  27. Trish Anderson says:

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, L’Wren Scott, Shirley Temple, Taylor Negron

  28. Anna says:

    This was a sign of pure disrespect for a woman who brought the red carpet into our homes for decades.

  29. Dezari says:

    what a huge mistake ! Wow!

  30. russell says:

    Elaine Stritch also firgotten

  31. Barb C says:

    I was shocked that Joan wasn’t on it !! Shame on them !!

  32. Jared says:

    Awards shows = Oscars
    Awards shows = Red Carpets
    Red Carpets = Joan Rivers

    WTF!???!

  33. RMR says:

    Wonder if she was left out purposely?

  34. Georgia says:

    Ann B Davis – Everyone loved Alice

  35. Irina meier says:

    Not nice to forget Joan. they also forgot about Shirley Temple another iconic star.

  36. njartist says:

    This was a really lame decision. Joan Rivers should have been included in the montage
    and not doing so was rude. Every year the Academy Awards leaves off someone or
    a few that should have been included. This year was no different.

  37. Linda says:

    So sad to see she was not listed. She was certainly I movies and she got lots of people to watch the Oscars year after year. Somebody didn’t do their “fact checking” – Really Bad! Sorry for Melissa and her son to now have this happen.

  38. Kendall says:

    I’m more bothered by the fact that so many people seem to only care about these segments for the opportunity they provide to come up with yet another dumb reason to be offended.

  39. Erin daly says:

    it’s complete disgrace that you left Joan Rivers out of your video montage she made the fans look forward to watching your show. She was loved by so many people ..I am really disgusted that you left her out I will probably never watch this show again because of it …and the watercolors to no justice to any of those stars who died

  40. Rhona Peterson says:

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman was also missing

  41. CNessa White says:

    Shirley Temple Black was missing from the memoriam

  42. denise says:

    Carol Ann Susi was also left out. She was Wolowitz’s mother on “The Big Bang Theory”

    • John NYC says:

      As she did almost exclusively tv work I expect she hadn’t bothered with an AMPAS membership, and that’s who they select to memorialize.

  43. jeff says:

    Joan Rivers should definitely been included

  44. Van says:

    The Memoriam segment is for members of the Academy, which she was not. Hence, no snub.

    • seattle info says:

      To be clear, she once was a member during the time she directed “Rabbit Test”. Apparently she didn’t continue to pay dues etc. I really think the AMPAS need to get off their high horse and change that rule. To me, it sort of reeks…you better pay your dues or else.

      • A fan of TV says:

        Considering Joan Rivers’ brand of comedy was to tear people apart like she was some kind of absolute authority on celebrity style and appearance, I think you’re conveniently ignoring just who was on a ‘high horse.’ (AMPAS is too, but Joan was rude, on purpose, to make money. I hope she rests in peace and thought her self I deprecation was funny, but I don’t miss her acerbic, judgmental so-called wit for one second.)

  45. Citywoof says:

    Elaine Stritch!

  46. Sandy Coryell says:

    She wasn’t an actress. She wasn’t a director. She wasn’t really connected to movies. She worked the red carpet.

  47. She certainly deserved to be mentioned even though she wasn’t a movie star, but she WAS an ENTERTAINER who also was a red carpet commentator! Apparently, she must have made some enemies in Hollywood for her cutting humor – but, then, look at Don Rickles – are they going to do the same with him!? She also had a big heart – giving A LOT OF MONEY to God’s Love We Deliver for AIDS Families, which a lot of people didn’t realize!

    • Gloria says:

      Joan Rivers should have been recognized. The hosts of Fashion Police and her daughter Melissa could have made sure or at least asked to have her name recognized. How sad.

  48. I was never a fan of Joan Rivers, I thought she was a too over the top for me, but this is a major snub. Someone should be ashamed of themselves and apologize to the family.

  49. It’s a shame that Joan Rivers was omitted from the tribute for the people who have passed away. They found it appropriate to mention Marketing Executives; but not someone who basically made the Oscars presentation a huge event instead of just another boring award show. Shame on you Motion Picture Academy.