Abe Vigoda Daughter Slams Oscars For In Memoriam Snub (VIDEO)
The daughter of Abe Vigoda is slamming the Oscars for leaving the late actor out of Sunday’s 2016 In Memoriam.
As Gossip Cop reported, Vigoda died in January at age 94 after a decades-long career in movies and television. But he was snubbed by the montage tribute featured at the 88th annual Academy Awards. The omission raised eyebrows in part because other January deaths were featured (David Bowie, Alan Rickman), and because Vigoda’s The Godfather co-star Alex Rocco was recognized.
Vigoda’s daughter Carol now says to TMZ, “Last night the Oscars dismayed many and cheated Abe Vigoda by not paying tribute to the immense professional energies and talents that he brought to the industry. Let’s not forget the personal and family sacrifices that were willing made to achieve that essential devotion. The Oscars fell short in many ways and as my father Abe Vigoda said the Oscars have earned ‘one demerit.'”
She further tells the Associated Press, “Abe’s family feels disappointed and cheated by the Academy. Abe gave his life and heart to acting, and a simple tribute in recognition of his devotion was overlooked.” Asked about the Television Academy possibly paying tribute later this year, Carol notes, “I’m sure the Emmys will do it. But that’s still no excuse. The Academy made a mistake. It’s an injustice.”
As Gossip Cop reported, this year’s montage, which was accompanied by a performance from Dave Grohl, included such deceased stars as Maureen O’Hara, Anne Meara, Omar Sharif, Robert Loggia, Christopher Lee, Taylor Negron, and Leonard Nimoy. Gossip Cop noted then that inevitably someone is left out each year, but whether it’s by accidental or intentional varies. We reached out to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for comment, but did not immediately hear back. See the In Memoriam video below.