Angela Bassett introduced the segment — which was under scrutiny in general for its hurried pace — noting it was to celebrate “the artists who gave us permission to dream, the technical pioneers and innovators who expanded our experience of movie love.”
Rivera was perhaps best known for her work on Glee, but the actress also had film roles, including in Mad Families and At the Devil’s Door. Rivera died July 8, 2020, at Lake Piru, near Santa Clarita, California. She was 33.
Fans were also hurt by the absence of Walter, whose career in TV and film spanned decades. Walter had several film credits — including Play Misty for Me, Grand Prix and Spring Fever — along with her many theater and TV roles, most notably the matriarchs on Arrested Development and the animated Archer. She died on March 24 at the age of 80.
Fans of the actresses took to social media Sunday evening to express their disappointment, which continued on into Monday morning.
Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger was also notably absent. The musician, who died April 1, 2020, was even nominated for an Oscar for writing the title track of the Tom Hanks classic That Thing You Do!.
Tweeted actress Rachel Bloom, “Adam Schlesinger was nominated for an Oscar for writing That Thing You Do! in 1997. I don’t know why he wasn’t in the official In Memoriam segment tonight (especially because he wrote one of the greatest film songs of all time) so I’m honoring him here.”