Oscars 2023 criticised for missing Charlbi Dean in TV Memorial
The 95th Academy Awards are being criticised for a major omission in the annual memorial segment.
Each year, the Academy puts together a montage of major film professionals who have passed away in the past year, with Lenny Kravitz performing as part of this year's In Memoriam, introduced by John Travolta.
While the likes of Cocaine Bear's Ray Liotta and Grease's Olivia Newton-John were featured, viewers were quick to point out that Charlbi Dean was missing from the televised portion, despite having a major role in Best Picture nominee Triangle of Sadness.
The Academy did publish a full list of industry professionals who died last year online, where Dean was among those mentioned.
"Can someone explain to me how Charlbi Dean was NOT included in the ‘In Memoriam’ tribute even though she was part of the cast of Triangle of Sadness, one of this year’s Best Picture nominees?!" one person asked.
Another person complained: "Forgetting Charlbi Dean in the In Memoriam when she’s literally the star of a best picture nominee is wild #Oscars."
"Charlbi Dean felt like a huge omission from the In Memoriam considering her movie is nominated tonight," another viewer noted.
Charlbi died last summer from bacterial sepsis, after going to hospital for seemingly minor symptoms. She passed away within hours of being hospitalised.
The South African actress and model had recurring roles in the Spud films in her home country and also appeared in DC's Black Lightning, before breaking out as model Yaya in Palme d'Or winner Triangle of Sadness.
At the time of her death, Triangle of Sadness director Ruben Ostlund called Dean's sudden death at age 32 "a shock and a tragedy".
"It is an honor to have gotten to know and work with her. Charlbi had a care and sensitivity that lifted her colleagues and the entire film crew," the filmmaker wrote on social media.
"The thought that she will not be by our side in the future makes me very sad."
Triangle of Sadness received three Oscar nominations overall, including Best Picture as well as Best Original Screenplay and Best Director for Ostlund.
It's no surprise for viewers to point out someone missing from the In Memoriam montage, as last year's show missed out on comedian and actor Bob Saget as well as rocker Meat Loaf.
In the past, Glee star Naya Rivera, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's Luke Perry, Austin Powers' Verne Troyer, Batman '66 star Adam West and Alexis Arquette have all been missed out by the Oscars.
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 95th Academy Awards from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, airing live in the US on ABC and Sky Showcase, Sky Arts, Sky News and Sky Cinema Oscars in the UK.
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