Reps for the Oscars tried to explain the omission by claiming time constraints, but fans are not buying it and remain outraged.
“Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year’s Oscar show,” the statement to THR reads. “She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com.” h/t usmagazine
Rivers, who was never an Oscar nominee herself, appeared in several movies including, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Smurfs, Shrek 2, Spaceballs, and her documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.
Recently deceased, Frank Mazzola, “Rebel Without A Cause” actor and an award winning film editor, was also not honored.