Some of Hollywood’s most beloved stars didn’t get the tribute they deserved last night.
The “In Memoriam” section of the Academy Awards is always emotional, giving fans and creators a chance to celebrate the film legends who passed away in the previous year. However, every year, some people are left out, and this year, that included two queer stars.
It was a moving In Memoriam, with presenter John Travolta getting emotional as he referenced the song “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by his Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John, who passed away last year. Other names included in the segment this year include James Caan, Rquel Welch, Angela Lansbury, Ray Liotta, and director Wolfgang Peterson.
However, viewers quickly picked up on the fact that several big names were missing, including gay actor Leslie Jordan and bisexual actor Anne Heche.
Both actors were mentioned on the Academy Awards website, but neither was mentioned in the telecast.
Throughout his career, Jordan, who was more celebrated for his television and stage work, appeared in over two dozen films, including Oscar winning film The Help, where he played Mr. Blackly, and the Oscar-nominated film The United States vs. Billie Holiday as Reginald Lord Devine.
Jordan passed away last October from “sudden heart failure due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease” while driving his car on the way to the set of the sitcom Call Me Kat.
Heche also appeared in over twenty films, including Walking and Talking, Donnie Brasco, Volcano, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Wag the Dog, Six Days, Seven Nights, Rampart, and My Friend Dahmer.
In 1997, Heche won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Wag the Dog and Donnie Brasco. That same year, she was nominated for a Satellite Award for Wag the Dog.
Heche also passed away last year following a car crash. After a fiery crash, she was taken to West HIlls Hospital in Los Angeles, where she was on life support for about a week before being declared dead.