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Renfro Not Feel Good Enough for Oscar?

2/25/2008 4:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Brad RenfroSo why did the Academy snub Brad Renfro by not including him in the memoriam? The Academy is pretty much tight as a drum.

A flack tells us a small group of people make extremely difficult choices but refused to say what criteria are used to make those decisions. She added we shouldn't waste our time cause no one would discuss it further.

Could it have something to do with the circumstances surrounding Renfro's death? It's uncomfortable to applaud when an actor dies from an overdose. Of course, exceptions must be made for huge stars who OD. Heath Ledger made the cut.

The red carpet wasn't the only thing that was sanitized last night.


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Renfro made 21 films over the years and was very talented.

Renfro was discovered by Mali Finn, a casting director for Joel Schumacher, when he was ten. His only previous acting experience was as a dealer in an anti-drugs workshop school production. Cast by Finn for Schumacher's The Client, Renfro acted alongside Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. The movie was based on the bestselling John Grisham novel and became one of the top-grossing films of 1994. In 1995, he won Hollywood Reporter's "Young Star" award, and was nominated as one of People's "Top 30 Under 30."[citation needed] That year, he played Huck Finn in 1995's Tom and Huck with Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

In 1996, he was cast in Sleepers, based on the novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra. The film was directed by Barry Levinson and also starred Robert de Niro, Kevin Bacon, Dustin Hoffman and Brad Pitt.

In 1998, he starred opposite Ian McKellen in Apt Pupil, directed by Bryan Singer. Renfro went on to act in other films, including 2001's Ghost World and Bully and 2005's The Jacket. He also appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and completed filming on the yet unreleased movie The Informers, co-starring Winona Ryder and Billy Bob Thornton.

* Sedona International Film Festival
o 2004 - Director's Choice Award for Most Spirited Rising Performer (Won)
* Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
o 1999 - The Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress for Apt Pupil, 1998 (Nominated)
* Tokyo International Film Festival
o 1998 - Best Actor Award for Apt Pupil, 1998 (Won)
* Young Artist Award
o 1996 - Young Artist Award for Best Young Leading Actor in a Feature Film for The Cure, 1995. (Won - Shared with Joseph Mazzello)
* Young Artist Award
o 1995 - Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture for The Client, 1994 (Won)
* YoungStar Awards
o 1997 - Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama Film for Sleepers, 1996 (Nominated)
* YoungStar Awards
o 1996 - Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy Film for Tom and Huck, 1995 (Nominated)
* YoungStar Awards
o 1995 - Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama Film for The Cure, 1995 (Won)

2397 days ago


For what it's worth, they didn't include Anna Nicole Smith either. She wasn't included in last year's memoriam, either.

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He should have been included. And all the hype about Heath Ledger was just ridiculous. He was an addict. He did not "accidentally" overdose. Anytime someone takes that many drugs, prescription or otherwise, you better damn well think you're gonna die from it.

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Movie Girl    

They left off Tom Poston as well. How horrid is that!

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What about Tom Poston??? They showed his wife Suzanne Pleshette, but not Tom...Rude!

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You said it #9 unfair. Always was and always will be.

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In my opinion, they simply forgot him -- and now probably regret it because they shouldn't have forgot him.

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Roy Scheider should've been included.

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He's acted since age ten and the snooty leaders of the film industry don't like hillbilly's that make good and are bad except in small numbers.. so to show how many stars and movie industry workers overdosed, lived dangerously and died this year would be bad publicity for Hollywood and California.

Renfro was found dead on January 15, 2008 in his Los Angeles apartment.[8] On February 8, 2008, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office ruled that Renfro's death was accidental and was attributed to acute heroin/morphine intoxication.[9]

He was returned to East Tennessee for his funeral and burial. He was laid to rest on January 22, 2008, on a quiet hill at Red House Cemetery north of Knoxville in the small community of Blaine, Tennessee. [10]

Less than two weeks later, his grandmother, Joanne Barron Renfro, who had raised him from the age of five and accompanied him regularly during his early acting career, died at her home at the age of 76. [11] Local officials stated that she died of natural causes. [12]

2397 days ago

Wizard 56    

Brad Renfro, Joey Bishop, Roy Scheider all missing in action. All members of the academy. Roy being a previous oscar nominee, Joey Bishop a previous presenter. So, is the montage for the academy or for the public that buys the tickets? The academy didn't mind taking their money when they were alive, or their support. We could use a lot less dance sequences and a better memorial for those who have left us.

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He definately SHOULD HAVE been included. There shouldn't be any type of "criteria" that one should meet when they pass away. Of all people, I thought the Academy would respect this. It's basically a slap in the face to his existance...Way to go ACADEMY.

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"Less than two weeks later, his grandmother, Joanne Barron Renfro, who had raised him from the age of five and accompanied him regularly during his early acting career, died at her home at the age of 76. Local officials stated that she died of natural causes."

So he was raised by his grandmother, parents MIA, and now his family that wasn't around his whole life cares that his name wasn't mentioned for one second on tv.?

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Forgive me - let's compare resumes shall we. These are the films that Brad did:

The Informers (2008) (post-production) .... Jack
... aka Bret Easton Ellis' The Informers (USA: complete title)
10th & Wolf (2006) .... Vincent
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" .... Duane Wilson (1 episode, 2006)
... aka Law & Order: CI (USA: promotional abbreviation)
- Watch (2006) TV episode .... Duane Wilson
Coat Pockets (2005) .... Kenny
The Jacket (2005) .... The Stranger
Hollywood Flies (2004) (TV) .... Jamie
Mummy an' the Armadillo (2004) .... Wyatte
The Car Kid (2003)
The Job (2003/I) .... Troy Riverside
American Girl (2002/I) .... Jay Grubb
... aka Confessions of an American Girl (USA: video title)
Deuces Wild (2002) .... Bobby
... aka Deuces Wild - Wild in den Straßen (Germany)
Ghost World (2001) .... Josh
Bully (2001) .... Marty Puccio
... aka Bully (France)
Tart (2001) .... William Sellers
... aka Naïve (Canada: French title)
Happy Campers (2001) .... Wichita
The Theory of the Leisure Class (2001) .... Billy
Meter Man (2000) .... Sal
Skipped Parts (2000) .... Dothan Talbot
... aka The Wonder of Sex (UK)
Herschel Hopper: New York Rabbit (2000) .... Tanner
2 Little, 2 Late (1999) .... Jimmy Walsh
Apt Pupil (1998) .... Todd Bowden
... aka Élève doué, L' (Canada: French title)
... aka Un élève doué - Été de corruption (France)
Telling Lies in America (1997) .... Karchy 'Chucky' Jonas
Sleepers (1996) .... Young Michael Sullivan
Tom and Huck (1995) .... Huck Finn
... aka The Adventures of Tom and Huck
... aka Tom Sawyer
The Cure (1995) .... Erik
The Client (1994) .... Mark Sway

And these are the movies Heath did:

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) (filming) (unconfirmed) .... Tony
The Dark Knight (2008) (post-production) .... The Joker
I'm Not There. (2007) .... Robbie Clark
... aka I'm Not There (Germany) (USA: poster title)
Candy (2006) .... Dan
Casanova (2005) .... Casanova
... aka Femur (Philippines: English title)
Brokeback Mountain (2005) .... Ennis Del Mar
The Brothers Grimm (2005) .... Jacob Grimm
Lords of Dogtown (2005) .... Skip
... aka American Knights (Philippines: English title)
... aka Dogtown Boys (Germany)
The Order (2003) .... Alex Bernier
... aka The Sin Eater (Australia) (Singapore: English title) (UK) (USA: working title)
... aka Sin Eater - Die Seele des Bösen (Germany)
Ned Kelly (2003) .... Ned Kelly
... aka Ned Kelly: Public Enemy No. 1 (Philippines: English title: poster title)
The Four Feathers (2002) .... Harry Feversham
Monster's Ball (2001) .... Sonny Grotowski
... aka Bal du monstre, Le (Canada: French title)
A Knight's Tale (2001) .... Sir William Thatcher / Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein of Gelderland
The Patriot (2000) .... Gabriel Martin
... aka Patriot, Der (Germany)

They both should have been mentioned back to back. They both died of Drug OD. The only reason Heath's death was mentioned is because he died from the White version of Drugs. You know - Pills and Brad died of Herion - considered the black drug of choice. Trust me, if Crad was found in his hotel room surrounded by pills and such -he would of been mentioned.

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Scheider was left out because the video stated it was from February 1st 2007 to January 31st 2008. Scheider died February 10th. They have to have a deadline or it will never end. Scheider will, not doubt, be on next years.

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