Michael Winner snubbed at Oscars

Director was not included in the annual 'In Memoriam' section of the ceremony

British director Michael Winner was snubbed at last night's Oscars, with organisers failing to include him in the 'In Memoriam' section of the ceremony.

Winner died barely a month ago, yet was not included in the annual role call, which featured the likes of Ernest Borgnine, Charles Durning and Tony Scott.

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Social networks have been buzzing about the snub, some suggesting that his death may have missed the cut-off date for the ceremony.

However, Wikipedia cites January 31 as being the date that would have precluded Winner's inclusion – he died on January 23.

Meanwhile, New York Times reporter Michael Cieply has suggested that campaigning even goes on for inclusion in the section.

The committee which decides who is included remains anonymous, though the Academy's chief operating officer told Cieply 'there’s no shortage of input from out there in the community', adding that the list of the deceased is expanded on Oscars.com.

Previous snubs to the list have included the likes of Farah Fawcett, Brad Renfro, Corey Haim and 'M*A*S*H*' star Harry Morgan.

Morgan's son Charley is quoted in Cieply's report, saying: “I cannot imagine why it left my dad out of its tribute segment.

"It would never have occurred to me to check with or otherwise lobby the Academy to be sure that he was mentioned. It’s a subjective process.”

Winner directed a string of successful movies in Hollywood, including 'The Nightcomers' with Marlon Brando, 'The Big Sleep' with Robert Mitchum and 'Scorpio' with Burt Lancaster, as well as his popular 'Death Wish' series with Charles Bronson, the first of which was one of the most successful films of the year in 1974.

Larry Hagman, Andy Griffith and Phyllis Diller were also notable by their absence on this year's list.

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