Another big question revolved around Farrah Fawcett's non-appearance in the "In Memoriam" tribute. The easy answer: There wasn't room. The academy limits the tribute to 30 names, and producers decided Fawcett primarily contributed to television. Of course, this doesn't explain why Michael Jackson was featured and not Fawcett. Leslie Unger, a spokesperson for the academy, explained, "Every year it's an unfortunate reality that we can't include everybody."
Or could it be that Michael Jackson's family in an attempt to keep that money rolling in would much rather play up a noted abuser (settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of cash and had gone through not one, not two, but at least three seperate court incidents regarding abuse of young boys) rather than play up a woman who died a horrific pain filled death - a woman whose work catapulted domestic violence into the forefront - into our living rooms with her excellent portrayal of the victim on "The Burning Bed"? Shame on the Academy for ignoring a true advocate in place of a victimizer.