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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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91.

its sad    

TMZ you make your living off of "screwing people" I bet you can totally relate to the sleazy disappointing politics...whether you admit it or not

2346 days ago
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Michelle    

I was referring to their lame ass excuse. "It is simply not possible to include everyone in that segment." That is the lamest excuse i have ever seen. If they honor him next year, I will be fine. Why didn't they just say he died OUTSIDE the time frame. THAT is the cop out I was referring to, Ken.

2346 days ago
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tennishottie    

Yea, it is so awful that they (Oscars) can forget such a talented kid, but God Forbid, they are not going to forget talking all that political crap on an awards show.

2346 days ago
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M    

I don't waste my time watching the Oscars anymore.....It's nothing but a Political clan and the votes aren't done on what actually is the best picture, actor, actress etc. It's who's who in Hollywood and not based on quality.. never was and never will be.

2346 days ago
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kjk    

did they honor heath ledger? i didn't see this part. but i think they should have at least showed a pic or something from the movie the client. i thought that was up for some awards at one time. maybe??
p.s i think the oscars r boring anyways. they show soo much that i don't even have a clue on it. and half the movies that r nominated, i've never even seen a preview for.
this year i did see the movie sweeny todd, i think depp was nominated cause it was such a dif role for him and he sang..he can do anything..he's awesome. sorry u didn't win johnny :(

2346 days ago
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paula k.    

hey I was watching from spain and as soon as the picture of Heath Ledger came on they cut to the commentators....(and they just talked about Javier) you think you have it bad...

2346 days ago
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Michelle    

I was referring to their lame ass excuse. "It is simply not possible to include everyone in that segment." That is the lamest excuse I have ever seen. Why didn't they just say he died OUTSIDE the time frame. THAT is the cop out I was referring to, Ken.

2346 days ago
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Debbie/grandmother    

CJ...Refro died before Heath Ledger. Well said MIke. An unfortunate tragdey for this young man. He died way too soon. He was a tremendous talent.

2346 days ago
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Laurie    

I was in disbelief last night when they forgot Renfro. They include ALL actors, not just ones associated with oscar nominated movies or nominated themselves. He was a huge talent and even if you don't think so, he 100% should have been acknowledged. That lame-ass excuse the Academy gave is one more reason I won't be tuning in next year,

2346 days ago
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lauri lynn    

i cant believe they forgot brad renfro,, yea maybe he was druggie but sas just about eveyone...../..

2346 days ago
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shannon k johnstone    

THEY ALSO SCREWED ROY SCHNIDER.

2346 days ago
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pohono    

just to point this out to the people answering that Roy Snieder died in 2008 and not in 2007 umm hello so did both Ledger and Renfro.

2346 days ago
103.

Deb    

FOR GOD'S SAKE PEOPLE......It is Roy SCHEIDER! NOT SCNIEDIER, SCHNEIDER, SCHNIEDER.........SCHEIDER! Learn to spell!

2346 days ago
104.

Michael    

They also ignored Roy Scheider... an even bigger ommision.

2346 days ago
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CJ    

Good Grief! Do you people even read!? Scheider died AFTER the deadline of January 31st. It's been posted over and over. Jeez!

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