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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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76.

Lee    

That's so sad. It's especially so, because I remember seeing a Brad Renfro interview in which he was asked how he would like to be remembered. His answer? Something to the effect of...."I'd like to be remembered as a good actor". So much for that, Academy! Never before have I actually sat there and thought "I don't know practically ANYONE in this (super long) montage!". And then, to top it all off....you have the nerve to FORGET Brad Renfro. Truly pathetic.

2369 days ago
77.

Janice from Florida    

RENFRO, BRAD BARRON - age 25, of Los Angeles, formerly of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2008. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors: son, Y Renfro; father and step-mother, Mark and Kim Renfro; mother and step-father, Angel and Rick Olsen; paternal grandmother, Joanne Renfro; maternal grandmother, Judy Hurt; sister, Haley Rose Olsen; step-brother, Dane Hoffmeister; several aunts, uncles and cousins; special friends, Jesse Hasek and Matthew Earl. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice. A funeral service will be held 8:00 p.m. Monday at Stevens Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Michael Earl officiating. The family and friends will meet 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Stevens Mortuary and go in procession to Red House Cemetery in Blaine for a graveside service and interment at 12:00 noon. Pallbearers: Michael Franklin, Ryan Fisher, Jesse Hasek, Christopher Wilson, Matthew Earl, and Darryl Wilson. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway. Mr. Renfro's guest book is also available at www.stevensmortuaryinc.com.

Published in the Knoxville News Sentinel from 1/20/2008 - 1/21/2008.
Notice • Guest Book • Funeral home info
Flowers • Gift Shop • Charities

2369 days ago
78.

Janice from Florida    

RENFRO, BRAD BARRON - age 25, of Los Angeles, formerly of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2008. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors: son, Y Renfro; father and step-mother, Mark and Kim Renfro; mother and step-father, Angel and Rick Olsen; paternal grandmother, Joanne Renfro; maternal grandmother, Judy Hurt; sister, Haley Rose Olsen; step-brother, Dane Hoffmeister; several aunts, uncles and cousins; special friends, Jesse Hasek and Matthew Earl. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice. A funeral service will be held 8:00 p.m. Monday at Stevens Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Michael Earl officiating. The family and friends will meet 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Stevens Mortuary and go in procession to Red House Cemetery in Blaine for a graveside service and interment at 12:00 noon. Pallbearers: Michael Franklin, Ryan Fisher, Jesse Hasek, Christopher Wilson, Matthew Earl, and Darryl Wilson. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway. Mr. Renfro's guest book is also available at www.stevensmortuaryinc.com.

Published in the Knoxville News Sentinel from 1/20/2008 - 1/21/2008.
Notice • Guest Book • Funeral home info
Flowers • Gift Shop • Charities

2369 days ago
79.

Shut it, morons    

They go by a unique calendar year, idiots. Renfro and Roy were both dead too late to make the cut and will be in there next year.

2369 days ago
80.

Ken    

TattedUpChick wrote: "If it really was for the previous year, why didn't they just say that?"

You must've missed the printed announcement with the video tribute that clearly defined the time period. There was no "cop out."

2369 days ago
81.

PR    

I barely knew who Brad Renfro was when he died, BUT, I learned rather quickly that he was in some pretty good films I had actually seen but didn't know it was him. After learning he was in so many good films I felt he was an excellent actor with a happening career and a promising future for more of the same. Shame on the snobs in Oscar-land for forgetting him.

2369 days ago
82.

Steven    

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BETTER YET, I IGNORED THE OSCARS! THE MOVIE INDUSTRY IS A DEAD HORSE. THERE ARE NO MORE "STARS", JUST VERY EXPENSIVE PIGS!!!!!

2369 days ago
83.

Ken    

The actors mentioned in the death tribute were, if not all marquee names, at least character actors with a career spanning the decades. Renfro's career barely got him out of adolescence, although even that could be argued since he never outgrew the temptation of serious drug usage.

2369 days ago
84.

Steven    

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SOMEONE SAID, "7. They only include people that were nominated for or, worked with a movie that was nominated for, or won an Oscar.

Posted at 1:14PM on Feb 25th 2008 by 1234"

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THAT IS NOT TRUE. THEY INCLUDED EDIE BEALE WHEN SHE DIED. WHEN DID SHE GET THE OSCAR?

2369 days ago
85.

Moose    

#88
Then why didn't they just say that, instead of coming up with an excuse?.

2369 days ago
86.

Jizy    

Oscars are a TV ratings dud
2/25/2008, 12:47 p.m. EST
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Oscars are a ratings dud. Nielsen Media Research says preliminary ratings for the 80th annual Academy Awards telecast are 14 percent lower than the least-watched ceremony ever.
Nielsen said Monday that overnight ratings are also 21 percent lower than last year, when "The Departed" was named best picture.

2369 days ago
87.

lizzyknam    

They screwed Jonathan Brandis when he died as well.

2369 days ago
88.

Deb    

To "Shut it Morons". YOU are the moron, MORON! Roy Scheider died AFTER the date of January 31at. Brad Renfro DID NOT. He passed on January 15th. If my math serves me correctly, this was 16 days BEFORE the deadline! So, before speweing your crap, read up first! Tool!

2369 days ago
89.

Ken    

The reason for the low ratings was that only one of the Best Picture nominees broke the $50 million box office mark, meaning few people saw the key nominated films.

2369 days ago
90.

Michelle    

I've never watched this stupid show, and now I NEVER will. He was a great actor. He made mistakes. Just because he may have been a junkie, doesn't take away from his acting. The Client, was a phenomenal movie and he did a wonderful job. Why not recognize that? Jerks.

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