Andy Griffith & Oscars: Iconic Actor Missed In Academy's 'In Memoriam' Honors

The 85th annual Academy Awards took a moment Sunday evening to honor a number of late Hollywood greats. The memoriam nodded to an extraordinary group, including Charles Durning, Jack Klugman, Nora Ephron and Richard Zanuck. However, some actors and actresses were noticeably absent from the list.

Andy Griffith, who died on July 3, 2012 at the age of 86, wasn't included as a part of the televised memoriam. Griffith is perhaps best known for his television shows "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock," but he appeared in numerous films, including "A Face in the Crowd."

Griffith wasn't alone, of course: As Zap2it notes, many other famous faces were left off the Oscars In Memoriam segment on Sunday night:

[Larry] Hagman, "Snakes on a Plane" director David R. Ellis, Donna Summer, Gore Vidal, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" director Mel Stuart, "Gone With the Wind" actress Ann Rutherford and Oscar nominees Joyce Redman and Susan Tyrrell. [...] Phyllis Diller, Conrad Bain, Lupe Ontiveros, Sherman Hemsley, Russell Means and Robin Sachs.

The Oscars put an expanded In Memoriam slideshow online to honor more of the stars who died in 2012, but even that missed some names. (Diller, Bain and Ontiveros among them.)

This is not the first time the Oscars have snubbed some names in the In Memoriam montage. From earlier HuffPost Entertainment coverage:

The In Memoriam segment, an obituary in montage form that honors members of the Hollywood filmmaking community lost over the last year, officially became a part of the broadcast in 1994. Since, many departed stars have been unceremoniously snubbed from the roll call -- from Farah Fawcett and Brad Renfro to Corey Haim and Harry Morgan. Those omissions are usually chalked up to time (the AMPAS said Renfro just didn't make the final cut) or big-screen influence (Fawcett and Morgan weren't necessarily best known for their film work). Per Ciepy, however, there could be another reason: a lack of champions on the In Memoriam committee.

The 2013 Academy Awards were hosted by Seth MacFarlane at Hollywood's Dolby Theater.

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02/25/2013 1:18 AM EST

Good Night, And Good Luck

That's all from the Oscars 2013 live blog here at HuffPost Entertainment! Hope you enjoyed the show. This is Christopher Rosen, signing off.

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02/25/2013 1:07 AM EST

Ben Affleck Is Not Into Oscar Punditry

From backstage at the Oscars:

When did you feel a tipping point in your favor for this film?

Clooney: Michelle Obama.

Ben: When they gave us the trophies I was confident that we would win. I don’t get too much into the Oscar-ology and the pontificating. It doesn’t help me to read up on that stuff.

02/25/2013 1:06 AM EST

Daniel Day-Lewis' Facial Hair

Backstage at the Oscars with Daniel Day-Lewis:

Was it uncomfortable wearing the beard?

What do you mean? No it's just a beard. Do you wear your hair? It was my very own beard.

02/25/2013 12:54 AM EST

What Jennifer Lawrence Thought When She Fell

From HuffPost Los Angeles correspondent Sasha Bronner:

"A bad word. That starts with F."

02/25/2013 12:50 AM EST

Ben Affleck's Best Picture Winner Face

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02/25/2013 12:49 AM EST

Patricia Clarkson At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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More on Patricia Clarkson's look here.

02/25/2013 12:44 AM EST

How Movies Change During Oscar Season

Here's Awards Daily blogger Sasha Stone just after "Argo" won Best Picture.

@ AwardsDaily :

See, I told you Argo was Crash incarnate. Won the same amount of awards even.

Here's Sasha Stone on "Argo" back in October:

Have you ever seen a movie where you walk out saying, “That was just a great f--king movie”? That’s Ben Affleck’s Argo. Inexplicably, a film that draws its strength from humor and suspense, winds up being more moving the second time through. Perhaps because once you have been through the suspense part of it you get to know the characters better and therefore care about their outcomes more.

02/25/2013 12:42 AM EST

Ben Affleck's Arc

@ LouLumenick :

Affleck: Oscar winner to laughingstock to Oscar winner. You can't make these things up.

02/25/2013 12:31 AM EST

At Least Someone Liked It

@ m1keh0gan :

Tommy Lee Jones told me Seth MacFarlane was "hilarious." His favorite part? "I Saw Your Boobs." #notkidding

02/25/2013 12:28 AM EST

Daniel Day-Lewis' Meryl Streep Joke

“It’s a strange thing, because three years ago, before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher, um...” he joked. “And Meryl was, was Steven’s first choice for ‘Lincoln.’ And I’d like to see that version. And Steven didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln, but I had to persuade him that, perhaps, if I was going to do it, that Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical.”

More on Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar speech here.