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Academy Screws Renfro, In Memoriam

2/25/2008 3:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Brad RenfroSo in case you missed it, Brad Renfro was ignored during the "in memoriam" montage on the Oscars last night. You're not gonna believe the statement the Academy gave TMZ.

The tape featured 50 movie types who died in the last year. They included actors, studio execs, makeup artists, agents, and on and on. Renfro was nowhere to be seen. We asked the Academy why and they gave us the following statement: "It is simply not possible to include everyone in that segment."

Interesting. Renfro, whose credits include "The Client," "Apt Pupil" and "Sleepers," seems like a bigger player than Margaret Gardner, the head of the international division of a P.R. firm.

Someone in Renfro's world called the slap in the face "unbelievable and disgusting." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

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LosCabos    

For those commenting on Roy Schrider, he died passed the deadline. He'll be mentioned (unless they forget him too) in next year's Oscars.

2433 days ago
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Sary    

I thought it was unbelievable too that they showed all these people and didnt have him on there. I was shocked. Even though he was having rough times he was still a great actor and should have been included. Im glad i wasnt the only one that was suprised that he wasnt on there.

2433 days ago
18.

Alia    

Another example of how elistist and out of touch the whole organization is. They also went out of their way to exclude Whoopi Goldberg from the montage of previous Oscar hosts, although she hosted 4 times!!!!

2433 days ago
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Molly    

I am really dissappointed in the Academy. what a major diss. they couldnt even honor in after death.
i mean if it had something to do with cause of death then its a load of crap because not to taking anything away from Heath Ledger, but they both died of drug overdoeses.. This is really messed up if you ask me!
Brad was a very talented actor and should have been part of the memorial tribute last night.. RIP Brad!

2433 days ago
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peaceonearth    

Don't you guys remember last year when people complained that Anna Nicole was left out? The academy didn't put her in because she died in 2007 and they were recongizing people who died in 2006. So if they leave Refro out next year I will be pissed, that is just rude!

2433 days ago
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me    

The guy in essence killed himself with drugs....should we really be honoring that?? What kind of message would that send to our children and the rest of hollywood. Someone needs to slap these young hollywood types and get them to wake up and see what they are doing. If they have as much talet as they think they do, they need to be more careful in the decision they make. I feel bad for the families that are left behind...period, not for them.

2433 days ago
22.

cutiepie    

So what? They did the same thing to Jonathan Brandis. Every award show ignored him except for the SAG awards.

2433 days ago
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D.H    

It's probably because he died of a drug overdose...They didn't want to show memories of someone that abused illegal drugs so they kept him out... I mean, that's the only reason I can really think of. . .

2433 days ago
24.

Kat    

He was never nominated for nor did he win an Oscar. He also was not part of the Academy. That is why he was not included.

2433 days ago
25.

CoolGirl2008    

Who's Brad Renfo? Never heard of those movies either.

Ta!

2433 days ago
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razamazaz    

This was a huge disgrace. There were people there that 98% if the country never heard of. Brad Renfro was current. He was in several good movies and BRAVO to TMZ for bringing this up and questioning the academy. Their excuse is lame and not acceptable. By the way, Roy Schnider wasn't there because he passed away in Feb. The beginning of the montage noted it was for passers fr. 02/1/07 to 01/31/08. He will be there next year.

2433 days ago
27.

Mike    

way Way WAY screwed!! Not only that but Heath Ledger's pic seemed to be a quick edit job. The academy needs to seriously apologize to Brad's family. Regardless of HOW he died, he deserved the same respect as anyone else they showed.

2433 days ago
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Sick2DeathOHer    

They dissed Whoopi as a host too. Get over yourselves academy elites!

2433 days ago
29.

TJ    

I thought they only include Academy members in the Memorial. And to the poster who mentioned Roy Scheider... he died after the cut-off date. He will be included next year.

2433 days ago
30.

SW    

wasn't the tribute's for 2007, not 2008?

2433 days ago
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