Oscars 2015’s 20 Best, Worst and WTF Moments

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Worst: Joan Rivers and Elaine Stritch Left Out of 'In Memoriam'
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Worst: Joan Rivers and Elaine Stritch Left Out of 'In Memoriam'

Though it seems every 'In Memoriam' tribute is bound to leave out at least one big name, the omission of Joan Rivers at the Oscar broadcast seemed like a major oversight. Rivers had more than earned her place at the table: as an actress, a director and a general personality, it was shocking that she wasn't among the austere portraits onscreen in the otherwise moving tribute. Meryl Streep's heartfelt introduction, in which she quoted Joan Didion — "A single person is missing for you and the whole world is empty" — was pitch-perfect, as was Jennifer Hudson's gorgeous performance of "I Can't Let Go." But the lack of Joan was jarring, as was the absence of Elaine Stritch, the legendary actress and singer who was the subject of 2013's documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. Twitter was outraged; no word yet on what was behind the decision to leave the two women out.

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