Farrah Fawcett purposely omitted from Oscars

Academy exec director says actress was better known for TV

The executive director of the Film Academy said Farrah Fawcett wasn't included in the Academy Awards In Memoriam segment because the actress was better known as a TV star.

Bruce Davis said it was a difficult decision for the committee that assembles the segment to omit Fawcett and that he's not surprised that some fans and family members are upset.

Fawcett and actor Gene Barry were both omitted from the necrology sequence. Davis said he and his colleagues thought the two were best known for their "remarkable television work" and would be more appropriately honored by the Television Academy at the Emmys.

Davis said "an unusual number of extremely distinguished screenwriters" died this year, and the Academy tried to honor many of them in the short memorial.