Each year, renowned actors and artists are excluded from the Oscar commemorative reel.
On Sunday, fans and friends noticed the Oscars telecast overlooked Adam Schlesinger, the Oscar-nominated songwriter from New Jersey.
Schlesinger, a founding member of the Fountains of Wayne group, grew up in Montclair. He died of COVID-19 in April 2020, shortly after the pandemic first reached the United States. He was 52 years old.
“Adam Schlesinger was nominated for an Oscar for writing ‘That Thing You Do!’ In 1997,” she said. “I don’t know why he wasn’t in the official In Memoriam segment tonight (especially because he wrote one of the greatest movie songs of all time), so I’m paying tribute to him here.
In 2019, Schlesinger, Bloom and Jack Dolgen won an Emmy for the song inspired by “La La Land” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” “Antidepressants are no big deal. “
Before he died, Schlesinger was supposed to work with Bloom, “The Nanny” star Fran Drescher and ’90s series co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson on “The Nanny: A New Musical,” which was to be adapted from the hit sitcom from the 90s..
The singer-songwriter has been recognized for his writing work in film, television and on stage.
As Bloom said, Schlesinger was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song for writing the ever so catchy “This thing you do!The title song from the 1996 Tom Hanks movie of the same name.
The song, performed by the film’s group The Wonders, was also nominated for a Golden Globe.
With Fountains of Wayne, a band named after the old Route 46 store that sold outdoor furniture and lawn ornaments, Schlesinger had a 2003 Grammy-nominated hit song “Stacy’s mom. The group was also nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys.
Schlesinger’s songwriting has also won other Emmys. In 2012, he shared a victory with David Javerbaum for “It’s Not Just For Gays Again,” a song Neil Patrick Harris sang as host of The Tonys. In 2013, they won for “If I Had Time,” another song performed by Harris at the Tonys.
The songwriter and Javerbaum were also nominated for Tonys for Best Original Score and Best Musical for “Cry-Baby” (2008). They won a Grammy in 2010 for Stephen Colbert’s comedy album “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!”
Another New Jersey talent, actor Allen Garfield, who starred in Robert Altman’s film “Nashville” (1975) and “The Conversation” by Francis Ford Coppola (1974), was excluded from the televised Oscar memorial.
Garfield, a former Star-Ledger and Allen Goorwitz staff member from Newark, died of COVID-19 in April 2020. He was 80 years old.
Garfield, who had over 100 film and television credits, was included in the oscars memorial online. So was the actor of “Twin Peaks” Walter Olkewicz, originally from Bayonne, who died on April 7 at the age of 72.
Olkewicz, who was not recognized on the Oscar show, appeared in the sequel to “Westworld” “Futureworld” (1976), “1941” by Steven Spielberg (1979), “The Big Picture” by Christopher Guest (1989) and “The Client” by Joel Schumacher ”(1994).
Fans have noticed this veteran actor Jessica walter, whose “Arrested Development” character, Lucille Bluth, released a million GIFs, was also excluded from the “In Memoriam” segment.
Walter, 80, died on March 24 after starring in 22 films. She was included in the Oscars’ online memorial.
Fans also noted that the “Glee” star Naya rivera, who was 33 when she drowned in Lake Piru in California in 2020, was not included in the Oscar reel.
Rivera, who played Santana Lopez in “Glee,” was best known for her television roles, but had nine film credits. The actor was not included in the online memorial.
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