BAFTA Claims Bob Hoskins 'In Memoriam' Omission Was Planned
The academy said the late actor was featured in the TV awards last year.
The Imitation Game's lack of any honors may have been the biggest surprise at the BAFTAs on Sunday night, but another eyebrow-raiser was the omission of the late British actor Bob Hoskins from the "In Memoriam" section.
Several notable figures, including Piers Morgan and British comic David Baddiel, tweeted their outrage, with Baddiel suggesting it was "symbolic of the erasure in modern times of the working-class actor."
However, BAFTA has since responded, claiming that the Oscar-nominated Hoskins — who died in April last year at the age of 71 — was included in the obituaries package at the academy's television awards in May.
"BAFTA features individuals in televised obituaries only once, sadly due to the number of people we'd like to recognize at any one time, and that means difficult decisions have to be made as to which ceremony they should be included in," it said in a statement.
"As Bob died in April last year, just before the television awards, we felt it was right to remember his wonderful career then, rather than wait until last night's film awards."
BAFTA also noted that Hoskins was included in the souvenir brochure given out to everyone on the night of the awards.