After a gloomy two years, the glitzy Oscars 2022 night sparked great excitement. The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, hosted Hollywood’s biggest night, which saw some of the biggest names walk the red carpet. The Academy, as it does every year, used it’s In Memoriam reel to pay tribute to various cinema celebrities and artists who died last year. During the event, a video was shown that featured Sidney Poitier, Betty White, and William Hurt, among others. On the other hand, Indian legends Dilip Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar were noticeably absent. Several Twitter users expressed their dissatisfaction with the exclusion of iconic actors like Dilip Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar from the list.
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“I was expecting #LataMangeshkar to be mentioned in the #Oscars In Memoriam. But well…” tweeted a fan.
Another tweet read: #Oscars2022 #LataMangeshkar of #Bollywood fame – Nightingale of India – not even mentioned among the movie folks who passed away in the last year.”
While the Oscars In Memoriam is not recognized for honoring musicians or singers, it does include actors. The Academy has already paid tribute to Irrfan Khan, Bhanu Athaiya, Sushant Singh Rajput, and Rishi Kapoor, Sridevi. The actors were previously been honored by the Academy in its In Memoriam section.
Last year, Dilip Kumar, one of the country’s best method actors, passed away. He was not included in the In Memoriam. A well-known film reviewer also expressed his thoughts on Twitter. “These two legends should have been included in the ‘In Memoriam’ portion. This is an inexcusable omission. #AcademyAwards.”
Lata Mangeshkar died on February 6, 2022, while Dilip Kumar Ji died on July 7, 2021. Both individuals made enormous contributions to Indian cinema by creating everlasting films and music.