Oscars 2011: In Memoriam Segment Leaves Out Corey Haim And More

Now that the big show is behind us, it’s time to highlight a lesser-publicized tradition of each year’s Academy Awards: the fudging of the “In Memoriam.” Oscar producers usually explain away this not-so-glamorous custom as being a result of time constraints, honoree career technicalities, or – at times – simple forgetfulness.

We’re still scratching our heads about how – and why – in previous ceremonies, greats like Farrah Fawcett and George Carlin have been forgotten. This year’s omissions proved no less perplexing – here are four of the biggest snubs.

Corey Haim
Haim’s teen idol status skyrocketed in the 80’s thanks to starring roles in “Lucas,” “Dream a Little Dream” and “License to Drive.” Arguably, his most memorable role was as Sam Emerson in the 1987 vampire horror film “The Lost Boys,” where he shared screen time with the other half of the now-infamous “Coreys” – Corey Feldman. Haim was a notorious bad boy, and his tragic early death at the age of 38 ushered an end to his tumultuous battle with drugs and alcohol. Regardless of circumstance, he staked his claim (see what we did there?) in the world of movies, and deserved a mention last night.

Eric Rohmer
Rohmer was one of the last established French New Wave directors, boasting 24 films in his repertoire and countless award wins among them (along with two Academy Award nominations). His name was often referenced among the likes of greats like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard and his legacy is indelible – we’re not sure why the Academy didn’t agree.

Don Peterman
The Director of Photography on films such as “Flashdance,” “Men in Black,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Point Break,” and “Get Shorty” was nominated for an Oscar in 1983 (for Best Cinematography, “Flashdance.”) We’re willing to bet that this long-standing member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was left out due to his February 2011 death – perhaps he’ll make an appearance at next year’s show.

Monica Johnson
Her frequent collaborations with Albert Brooks made Johnson a household name, but she’s also known for her work on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. As a screenwriter, her credits include “The Muse,” “Mother,” “Modern Romance” and “Lost in America” – her omission was a sad oversight for the world of comedy writing.

Who else was left out of this year’s “In Memoriam” segment? Let us know in the comments section and on Twitter!