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Oscars' memorial criticized for not including Fawcett

Where was Farrah?

That was the question many Oscar viewers were asking after Farrah Fawcett was omitted from the "In Memoriam" segment at Sunday's ceremony.

Arguably, the actress, who died June 25, was best known for her TV work, but she did have a decent number of movie credits, including a Golden Globe-nominated role in "Extremities" and a Spirit Award nomination for "The Apostle."

"I would not say that it was an oversight," Leslie Unger, spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told E! News. "No matter how carefully and how conscientiously people address who is included, there are people who just simply can't be.

"In any given year there will always be some people that other people think should have been included and that there's more justification for one person versus another," she added. "It is impossible to include everybody."

Fawcett's longtime companion Ryan O'Neal was not pleased. "We were disappointed that she was not included," he said in a statement issued by publicist Arnold Robinson.

And Craig Nevius, Fawcett's close friend and producer of her documentary, "Farrah's Story," added: "I think this is what Farrah struggled with her entire career . . . She struggled with respect and told me many times she felt she was put in a box."

Beatrice Arthur and Ed McMahon, who, like Fawcett, are better remembered for their TV work than their movie roles, were also overlooked.

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