The montage marks the passing of Academy members (including editors and writers and directors), with tributes this year to key industry figures including John Hurt and Roger Moore.
But a committee at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists, which each year has to make the difficult decision about which names make the cut, opted not to include West, and fans were not too happy about the decision.
Other names that didn’t make it into the video include Glen Campbell (previously nominated for his original song in the 1969 movie True Grit) and Dorothy Malone (Best Supporting Actress of 1956).
Raging Bull and The Sopranos star Frank Vincent didn’t get a mention and – perhaps most surprising of all – neither did Tobe Hooper, the influential director of Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist.
The full selection criteria for inclusion in the In Memoriam segment is not completely clear but the panel often has the tough job of whittling down well over 100 names to around 30 or 40. Those recognised must also be Academy members and the process pays tribute to talent from behind the camera as well as actors.
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