‘Incredibly hurt and shocked’: Mira Sorvino slams The Academy for omitting her father Paul Sorvino from Oscars 2023 In Memoriam segment – as actor’s widow brands snub ‘big mistake’
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Mira Sorvino has branded The Academy’s decision to omit her father Paul Sorvino from the Oscars 2023 In Memoriam segment ‘baffling beyond belief’ and revealed she is ‘hurt and shocked’ by the snub.
Viewers took to Twitter on Sunday to express their outrage that Sorvino – who died in July aged 83 – and Anne Heche, Tom Sizemore and Leslie Jordan did not have their pictures featured in the Oscar’s annual slide show dedicated to actors who passed the previous year.
Oscar winner Mira, 55, took to social media on Monday to reveal she was ‘incredibly hurt and shocked’ by the omission, while Sorvino’s widow Dee Dee called on The Academy to apologize and slammed its ‘big mistake.’
Goodfella star Sorvino was one of Hollywood’s most notable actors with a career that saw him portray everything from gangsters to loveable father figures.
Much missed: Mira Sorvino has branded The Academy’s decision to omit her father Paul Sorvino from the Oscars 2023 In Memoriam segment ‘baffling beyond belief’ and revealed she is ‘hurt and shocked’ by the snub (pictured 2002)
Apology: Sorvino’s widow Dee Dee called on The Academy to apologize and slammed its ‘big mistake (pictured in 2018)
Mira shared a clip of her winning Best Supporting Actress for Mighty Aphrodite in 1996 as her father wept with joy and wrote: ‘On this Oscars night I am so happy for all of the nominees and the winners, but I am also moved in a thousand different ways when I think of the night I got to share my Academy Award with my Dad, the very great actor Paul Sorvino, who was never nominated.
‘To get to share this blindingly positive moment with my father… My first and best teacher, my beloved Daddy who came to all the school plays and loved from the bottom of his heart, the brilliant thespian whom all his colleagues revered as one of the greatest, to get to give back to him what he had been giving me all my life – love and belief and admiration and gratitude. On this first year after his passing it is truly a bittersweet but beautiful memory. I love you Dad, I miss you so much.
The star later edited her caption when she learned of the omission and called on The Academy to ‘make this right.’
She wrote: ‘PS when I posted this I had not learned of Dad’s omission and that of several other incredible artists from the in Memoriam section.
‘Incredibly hurt and shocked that my father’s lifelong, irreplaceable, enormous contribution to the world of cinema was overlooked by whomever made that list.
‘We his adoring family, and you, his adoring public, know just how unique and incredible he was. We hope The Academy does something to put this right.’
Mira also tweeted: ‘I for one am remembering Dad on this Oscars night…. It is baffling beyond belief that my beloved father and many other amazing brilliant departed actors were left out. The Oscars forgot about Paul Sorvino, but the rest of us never will!!’
Dee Dee added: ‘Paul Sorvino was one of the greatest actors in cinematic history in Hollywood. It is unconscionable that he would be left out of the In Memoriam segment of the Oscars, it’s a three-hour show, they can’t give a couple more minutes to get it right? Paul Sorvino gave decades to this industry and was loved by all.
Iconic: Goodfella star Sorvino was one of Hollywood’s most notable actors with a career that saw him portray everything from gangsters to loveable father figures (pictured with Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci in Goodfellas)
Fury: Mira took to social media to blast The Academy for omitting her father
Her biggest fan: Paul memorably wept with joy as Mira landed an Oscar in 1996
‘Paul was not the only deserving soul left out, and a QR Code is not acceptable. The Academy needs to issue an apology, admit the mistake and do better. Paul Sorvino deserves better, the audience deserves better. Is the Academy so jaded they forget people who are loved, who have given their hearts to this industry?
‘Shame on the Academy if this is not corrected. Mistakes are made, this was a big one. Please do something to make it right.
Fans took to Twitter to express their ire at actors being left out of the poignant segment, with one writing: ‘No Anne Heche In Memorium? Wasn’t she an actress her entire life?’ an irate user wrote. ‘Pretty foul.’
‘Where the F**k was Anne Heche,’ wrote another.
‘Every year, the Oscars In Memoriam leaves people out. This year, the segment seemed short, and it’s awful that they left Anne Heche out. I’m sure there are many more,’ lamented a third.
The annual in memoriam segment was introduced by John Travolta, who teared up mentioning his late-Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John before Lenny Kravitz began singing Calling All Angels while the slide show played.
Though they didn’t make it onto the big screen, Heche, Sorvino, Sizemore, and Jordan, were all featured on an In Memoriam section of the Oscars’ website. Also missing from the slideshow was actress Charlbi Dean.
Gone but not forgotten: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also neglected to share tributes to the late Anne Heche (L) and Charlbi Dean (R)
Leslie Jordan was also left out of the In Memoriam slideshow
Heche died, age 53, on August 5 after crashing her Mini Cooper into an LA-area home.
The Daytime Emmy winner – who’s survived by her sons Homer and Atlas – was best known for her roles in Donnie Brasco, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Wag the Dog, and Six Days, Seven Nights.
Anne next stars as the rodeo trainer Diana Jones in Eric Parkinson’s family film Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse and she might appear in HBO’s six-episode drama The Idol from The Weeknd.
And on January 24, Viva Editions published the Ohio-born blonde’s 176-page ‘part memoir and part self-acceptance workbook’ Call Me Anne.
Dean – whose spleen was removed after a 2009 car crash – tragically died, age 32, on August 29 from bacterial sepsis caused by Capnocytophaga.
The South African model got to see her performance as Yaya in Triangle of Sadness, which received an eight-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and won the coveted Palme d’Or one year ago.
But on Sunday, Ruben Östlund’s shipwreck satirical comedy lost the best picture, best original screenplay, and best director Oscars to Everything Everywhere All At Once’s Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
Charlbi passed away four months after her engagement to her boyfriend of four years, Luke Chase Volker, and she is survived by her parents Johan and Joanne Kriek as well as her brother Alexi Jacobs Kriek.
Tom Sizemore was not included in the Academy Awards’ In Memoriam slideshow
Sizemore died in March after suffering a brain aneurysm. He was known for his roles in Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down.
Leslie Jordan was beloved for his hilarious roles in television, as well as the daily TikToks he filmed during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Also missing from the ABC telecast were Robert Blake, Philip Baker Hall, Cindy Williams, and Coolio.
However, the Academy did include many of the above on their in memoriam gallery on the website.
Oscars 2023: Full list of 95th Academy Awards winners
All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER
Top Gun: Maverick
Triangle of Sadness
Winning EVERYTHING: Everything Everywhere All At Once earned seven including coveted Best Picture
Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNERS
Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans
Todd Field – TÁR
Ruben Östlund – Triangle of Sadness
Austin Butler – Elvis
Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser – The Whale – WINNER
Paul Mescal -Aftersun
Bill Nighy – Living
Comeback king: Brendan Fraser won Best Actor for his performance in The Whale
Cate Blanchett – TÁR
Ana de Armas – Blonde
Andrea Riseborough -To Leslie
Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER
Best Supporting Actor
Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway
Judd Hirsch – The Fabelmans
Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER
Best Supporting Actress
Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Hong Chau – The Whale
Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin
Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER
Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson, and Ian Stokell – All Quiet on the Western Front
Rian Johnson – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Kazuo Ishiguro – Living
Screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie, story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks – Top Gun: Maverick
Sarah Polley – Women Talking – WINNER
Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER
Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner – The Fabelmans
Todd Field – TÁR
Ruben Östlund – Triangle of Sadness
Best Animated Feature Film
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio -WINNER
Marcel the Shell With Shoes On
Puss In Boots: The Last Wish
The Sea Beast
Quite the imagination: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio won Best Animated Feature Film
Best International Feature Film
All Quiet on the Western Front – WINNER
The Quiet Girl
Best Documentary Feature
All That Breathes
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Fire of Love
A House Made of Splinters
Navalny – WINNER
Best Film Editing
Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, The Banshees of Inisherin
Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond, Elvis
Paul Rogers, Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER
Monika Willi, TÁR
Eddie Hamilton, Top Gun: Maverick
James Friend – All Quiet on the Western Front – WINNER
Darius Khondji – Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
Mandy Walker – Elvis
Roger Deakins – Empire of Light
Florian Hoffmeister – TÁR
Best Costume Design
Mary Zophres – Babylon
Ruth E. Carter – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – WINNER
Catherine Martin – Elvis
Shirley Kurata – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Jenny Beavan – Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
Iconic: Ruth E. Carter won Best Costume Design for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Heike Merker and Linda Eisenhamerová – All Quiet on the Western Front
Naomi Donne, Mike Marino, and Mike Fontaine – The Batman
Camille Friend and Joel Harlow – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Mark Coulier, Jason Baird, and Aldo Signoretti – Elvis
Adrien Morot, Judy Chin, and Anne Marie Bradley – The Whale – WINNER
Best Production Design
Christian M. Goldbeck and Ernestine Hipper – All Quiet on the Western Front – WINNER
Dylan Cole, Ben Procter, and Vanessa Cole – Avatar: The Way of Water
Florencia Martin and Anthony Carlino – Babylon
Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, and Bev Dunn – Elvis
Rick Carter and Karen O’Hara – The Fabelmans
Best Music (Original Song)
“Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman, music and lyrics by Dianne Warren
“Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick, music and lyrics by Lady Gaga and BloodPop
“Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, music and lyrics by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Goransson
“Naatu Naatu” from RRR, music by M.M. Keeravaani, lyrics by Chandrabose – WINNER
“This Is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once, music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne, and Mitski, lyrics by Ryan Lott
Dynamic duo: M.M. Keeravaani (left) and Chandrabose won Best Music (Original Song) for Naatu Naatu from RRR
Best Music (Original Score)
Volker Bertelmann – All Quiet on the Western Front – WINNER
Justin Hurwitz – Babylon
Carter Burwell – The Banshees of Inisherin
Son Lux – Everything Everywhere All at Once
John Williams – The Fabelmans
Viktor Prášil, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler, Lars Ginzel, and Stefan Korte – All Quiet on the Western Front
Julian Howarth, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Dick Bernstein, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, and Michael Hedges – Avatar: The Way of Water
Stuart Wilson, William Files, Douglas Murray, and Andy Nelson – The Batman
David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson, and Michael Keller – Elvis
Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon, and Mark Taylor – Top Gun: Maverick – WINNER
Flying: The Tom Cruise led sequel Top Gun: Maverick won the Academy Award for Best Sound on Sunday during a ceremony which the 60-year-old leading man skipped
Best Visual Effects
Frank Petzold, Viktor Müller, Markus Frank, and Kamil Jafar – All Quiet on the Western Front
Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, and Daniel Barrett – Avatar: The Way of Water – WINNER
Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands, and Dominic Tuohy – The Batman
Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White, and Dan Sudick – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson, and Scott R. Fisher – Top Gun: Maverick
Best Animated Short Film
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse – WINNER
The Flying Sailor
My Year of Dicks
An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake, and I Think I Believe It
Best Live Action Short Film
An Irish Goodbye – WINNER
The Red Suitcase
Best Documentary Short
The Elephant Whisperers – WINNER
How Do You Measure a Year?
The Martha Mitchell Effect
Stranger at the Gate
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