Among the suggestions were Adam West, Oscar winner Dorothy Malone, David Ogden Stiers (who died on Saturday) and Bill Paxton, who hadn’t been included in the segment last year — he died the day before the Oscars — but was mentioned during Jennifer Aniston’s introduction. Fans also questioned the omission of Tom Petty in the reel, despite having Eddie Vedder cover Petty for his performance.
Below, a list of stars the In Memoriam segment did not include:
David Ogden Stiers
Still, the In Memoriam segment draws criticism every year for names left off. EW dove into the issue in 2014 after fans protested the exclusions of comedian Harold Ramis and camera assistant Sarah Jones, learning that, though producers would seem to be the ones in control of who makes the cut, they’re not the ones to blame. A committee made up of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cull names from a list of about 300 submissions each year and make their choices based on the honoree’s contribution to filmmaking. About 40 names usually end up being included in the reel — 2018’s reel upped the number to 51 — and the final product tends to be locked weeks before the night of the Oscars.