LOS ANGELES – The 2014 Oscars "In Memoriam" tribute paid respects to several cherished entertainment industry figures who died over the past year, from Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Walker to Roger Ebert, Sid Caesar and Shirley Temple Black. The segment, always a crucial component of the ceremony, even acknowledged camera assistant Sarah Jones who was tragically killed last week by a train during pre-production on Greg Allman's biopic "Midnight Rider."
But there were some rather significant names noticeably missing from the lineup. Firstly, Cory Monteith, who died last July from a drug overdose after a long-term battle with substance abuse, was not mentioned. While best known for his television work as Finn Hudson on the FOX hit "Glee," he had started to develop a presence on the silver screen, starring in films such as "Monte Carlo" and "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie."
But Monteith wasn't the only noteworthy figure who didn't make the cut. Former "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" star James Avery -- who also made a name for himself in films like "Dr. Doolittle 2" and "Danika" -- was not featured. Nor was Tom Clancy, famed espionage and military science writer who authored several stories which were adapted into hit Hollywood films such as "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," "The Hunt for Red October," and "Patriot Games."
In 2010 the Oscars left Farrah Fawcett out of the tribute, saying it was intentional as she worked more as a television actress, although she did headline a number of movies throughout her career.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the "In Memoriam" section is compiled by a select committee that puts together up to 30 people who have made "significant contributions" to the entertainment arena from an array of different areas, and thus will be spotlighted during the Oscars telecast.
The Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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