Bob Saget was bafflingly left out of the Oscars 2022 “In Memoriam” segment at the Academy Awards presentation on Sunday, just three months after the Full House star and Dirty Work director suddenly passed away at the age of 65.
Fans were outraged on social media by the glaring omission, questioning why the Academy would leave out such an influential actor and comedian.
The incident involving actor Will Smith and comedian Chris Rock may have dominated the discourse, but for some the In Memoriam miss was a large problem. The Oscars have been known to accidentally leave out stars in the past. One example was Glee star Naya Rivera.
“Rioting because Bob Saget wasn’t in the In Memoriam portion of the #Oscars,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
“Cancel the #Oscars for not mentioning Bob Saget in the Memoriam,” another commenter added. “Shame on you @TheAcademy for not recognizing @bobsaget,” a third commenter user in.
Aside from Bob, eagle-eyed viewers were quick to point out that the Academy also forgot to include Putney Swope director (and Robert Downey Jr.’s father) Robert Downey Sr. Fight Club actor and rock musician Meat Loaf was also omitted, despite his appearances in Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.
“As moving as the Oscars tribute In Memoriam was, I am absolutely FURIOUS that they did not include Meat Loaf,” one commenter wrote in disbelief. “They included other singer-actors among them but not him. I will never forget Meat and his contributions to music and movies.”
Though some critics pointed out that Bob Saget may have been viewed more as a television star, like when the BAFTAs left out Diana Rigg. Others reminded viewers that he won an Oscar back in 1977.
Long before the Full House star became a household name for the television sitcom, Bob Saget won a student Academy Award for his black-and-white documentary, Through Adam’s Eyes. Attending Temple University in Philadelphia at the time, he won the honorary student award for his story about a boy who received facial reconstructive surgery.
He also hosted the 40th Student Academy Awards Ceremony back in July 2013.
Along with his work on How I Met Your Mother and America’s Funniest Home Videos, he also appeared in films such as Half Baked, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, and his lone-directorial comedy, Dirty Work with Norm Macdonald.
“No but seriously,” one fan wrote after he was left out of the In Memoriam segment, “why wasn’t Bob Saget in the memoriam?”
“Norm Macdonald and Bob Saget weren’t in the Oscar death montage,” another Twitter user commented. “Perhaps it’s because they weren’t primarily known as “movie people.” Or perhaps it’s because, despite this, they made the greatest movie of all time, Dirty Work (1998), and Hollywood never forgave them for it.”
Back in January, the comedian was mysteriously found dead in his hotel room after performing a stand-up show in Orlando, Fl. Medical examiners later ruled out drugs or foul play, but concluded that the Full House star suffered from unexplained head trauma before laying down on his bed.
“He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter,” Bob Saget’s family said in an official statement at the time. “We invite you to join us in remembering the love and laughter that Bob brought to the world.”
Despite the Academy’s bizarre omission, the 2022 Oscars segment paid tribute to Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, actor Sidney Poitier, and actress Betty White. Tyler Perry, Bill Murray, and Jamie Lee Curtis spoke to honor those who we lost this past year, including Charles Grodin, Michael K. Williams, Ned Beatty, Peter Bogdanovich, Dean Stockwell, Jean-Marc Vallee, and a surprising inclusion of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.