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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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Standards are badly needed.    

to me @ 1:27 - I think it's a tribute to the cinematic art of those who have passed, and not a tribute to the departed's lifestyle.
I agree with you on the families, which is why mentioning them is so important; it's for the families. The dead can't see it.

2343 days ago
32.

Kat    

IT IS NOT BECAUSE OF DRUGS. It is because he never won an Oscar, was never nominated for an Oscar, and is not a member of the Academy.

2343 days ago
33.

Moose    

IMO, it sounds like they didn't have the guts to admit they screwed up and instead just made an excuse.

It is not as though the Oscars are relevant anyway. They are to hollywood what the Espys are to sports. Nothing more than meaningless awards that are give to over inflated egos.

2343 days ago
34.

trendy    

He was a drug addict. They should not give him any kudos for that. Junkies suck!!

2343 days ago
35.

mistysmom    

If they paid tribute to anyone that was ever in a movie that overdosed we would still be watching the show.

2343 days ago
36.

laura    

that picture is disgusting and tasteless. oh, and unbelievable and disgusting.

2343 days ago
37.

GNRKEVA    

I just heard that this year's Academy Awards will go down as the least watched Oscars. I don't blame people for not watching. Who wants to see overpaid actors and actresses acting fake while the country is in an economic disaster. It's time to quit idolizing these self absorb individuals. Start focusing on the presidential candidates for a much needed change in D.C.

2343 days ago
38.

CJ    

Hello! The tribute was for 2007. He died in January of 2008. You'd think TMZ would get their facts straight before shooting off at the mouth about the injustice and contacting his family. Jeez, do I little investigating first.

2343 days ago
39.

eric    

I bet he is turning over in his grave...or his urn...

2343 days ago
40.

lori    

Roy Scheider passed away on February 8, 2008. The memorium on the show last night were deaths up to January 31, 2008.
It is unbelievable that they would forget someone as young and talented as Brad, and they should apologize to his family.

2343 days ago
41.

Hey you    

"Hello! The tribute was for 2007. He died in January of 2008. You'd think TMZ would get their facts straight before shooting off at the mouth about the injustice and contacting his family. Jeez, do I little investigating first."

Heath Ledger and Suzanne Pleshette both died in 2008. You do the investigating.

2343 days ago
42.

Tangie    

Nobody cares about the oscars and nobody cares about a worthless drug addict.

2343 days ago
43.

Ken    

Hell, I never even heard of Renfro until he died. He was a third-rate celebrity, to be sure. And you'd better believe that a PR guru like Margaret Gardner had a far greater impact on Hollywood than this virtually unknown actor!

2343 days ago
44.

cr1039    

13. Did you see all the nobodys they had on there? And they could not include Brad Renfro???? I had heard of maybe 2 of the people in the segment!!!!!!!

Posted at 1:19PM on Feb 25th 2008 by ljo

RESPONSE: That just makes you out to be uncultured and idiotic. I am sure you know the main star of the Hottie and the Nottie and all MTV Real Worlds after 2002 right?

2343 days ago
45.

Kia    

Uhm, Brad Renfro died in 2008, so he should be included in NEXT years Academy awards, like Heath Ledger will be

2343 days ago
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