Rant: Corey Haim Should Have Been In Oscar's In Memoriam Tribute
Shame on you, Academy Awards. Itís been almost a year since Corey Haim died. He went out with a whimper. Broke, addicted and cohabiting with his mother, the former child star had little in common at the end of his life with the fresh-faced boy that frequented the covers of so many teen magazines, but he sure as hell deserved better than this. Earlier this evening, the Oscar committee, or whoever the hellís in charge of such things, knowingly and willfully left him out of the In Memoriam montage. Iím not surprised, but I am saddened. The snub is further proof just how stupid, shortsighted and out of touch many in Hollywoodís inner circle are.
Once upon a time, Corey Haim meant a lot to movie fans. The vast majority of actors appear and disappear without the general public ever bothering to learn their names, but for a small window in the late 1980s, Haimís attachment was enough to get a project greenlit. Three of his movies, The Lost Boys, Lucas and License To Drive still get extensive television airplay. More importantly, theyíre adored and cherished by millions of grown-up former fanatics with a fond reminiscence of a childhood crush long faded. That memory has to be valued. To act like itís meaningless, that itís trumped by foolish later behaviors is offensive to anyone thatís ever derived pleasure from Haimís work.
Elistist pricks like to think the Academy Awards are about celebrating whatís great in the movie business. To a certain extent, thatís true, but more than that, theyíre about celebrating the escapist fun motion pictures bring fans the world over. If Hollywood were only filled with movies like The Kingís Speech, it wouldnít hoist nearly the same appeal. The Lost Boys is fun. Itís not trying to win an Oscar; itís trying to entertain. Mission accomplished.
Shame on you, Academy Awards. It might feel good to act like youíre better than Corey Haim, but youíre really not. He deserved his final moment in the sun, and you took that from him. He meant more to movie fans than ninety percent of the deceased you deemed more important.
Cinema Blend will miss you, Corey Haim, and weíve got a feeling thereís a lot more out there that feel the same way.
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