John Barry under-represented at 83rd Academy Awards
During the âblink and youâd miss itâ In Memoriam segment of the 83rd Academy Awards televised celebration last night, the producers of the event missed an opportunity to pay proper homage to one of Hollywoodâs most beloved and innovative soundtrack composers - reports Examiner.com
As Celine Dion began warbling her tear-jerking rendition of âSmile,â the very first face shown on the screen behind her was none other than five-time Academy Award winning composer John Barry, who passed away of cardiac arrest on January 30, 2011.
Many fans unfortunately missed his half-second tribute, and it may have been more appropriate for the segment to include something from Barryâs own catalogue, such as âBorn Freeâ or âWe Have All the Time In the World,â rather than an incidental tune that was connected to no one in that montage. However, it is probably âgood enoughâ that they included him at all, which unfortunately cannot be said for the likes of Ingrid Pitt, Corey Haim, Fess Parker, Maury Chaykin, Art Linkletter, and Peter Graves.
And while the producers decided to have another âGreat Moments in Black Historyâ moment with Halle Berry for Lena Horne, they could have very easily whipped up a simple medley of some of Barryâs more notable themes during his 40+ years in the business.
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