Just like every year, the Oscars took some time on Sunday night to honor deceased stars during the “In Memoriam” segment, including big names like Robin Williams, Maya Angelou and Mike Nichols. However, many quickly realized a notable name was left out: Joan Rivers.
In this May 14, 2014 file photo, TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
Rivers died in September following complications from vocal cord surgery.
While some argued online that Rivers wasn’t an actress and would be more appropriately honored during an awards show like the Emmys, many others disagreed.
Even Gawker noted, “Joan Rivers was the Oscars. Her pre-show and post-show was instrumental in making the entire charade the big-ass hullabaloo it is today.”
So, why wasn't Joan Rivers in the in memoriam section during the oscars?That's a bit weird, right? #Oscars— Culture Overdose (@CultureOverdose) February 23, 2015
Someone big was missing from the #Oscars in memoriam segment. What happened to Joan Rivers?! Not cool.— Isaiah N (@AsianStig) February 23, 2015
For the moment, the reason for the oversight is unknown.