Yes, Melissa Rivers was disappointed that her late mom, Joan, was left out of the Oscars’ “In Memoriam” tribute on Sunday. But she’s choosing to focus on the positive.
“It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but [Joan’s grandson] Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with support and love over my mom’s passing and we choose to focus on that,” Melissa, 47, wrote Monday on Facebook.
The “In Memoriam” segment recognizes actors, producers, writers and other Hollywood executives who have died since the previous Oscars aired. Each year there is debate over who is left out, and why. This year, Rivers – who helped to revolutionize red carpet reporting with her snarky humor – was perhaps the most notable snub.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued its own statement Monday about not including Rivers, who died in September.
“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. She is, however, included in our ‘In Memoriam’ gallery on Oscar.com,” the statement said.