Actress Mira Sorvino expressed outrage that her father, Paul Sorvino, was overlooked during the 95th Academy Awards In Memoriam segment on Sunday night.
Paul died of natural causes in July. He was 83.
“It is baffling beyond belief that my beloved father and many other amazing brilliant departed actors were left out,” Mira tweeted. “The Oscars forgot about Paul Sorvino, but the rest of us never will!!”
After the TV broadcast ended, The Academy presented a QR code to viewers. When scanned, this code directed them to an online segment that showcased hundreds of late celebrities’ names, one being Paul’s!
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Upon hearing the news of her husband being excluded from the televised memorial, Dee Dee Sorvino was overwhelmed with emotion and felt a wave of nausea wash over her body. She tearfully shared this information exclusively to Fox News Digital.
“It’s hard enough. It’s difficult enough, and then they leave him out? Paul is the epitome of a movie star. He is a true, blue movie star, and this is the Oscars. How do you miss that? I don’t understand it,” Dee Dee said.
“Look, it is a three-hour show. You cannot find a little more time to honor these people? It’s not right.”
It is baffling beyond belief that my beloved father and many other amazing brilliant departed actors were left out. The Oscars forgot about Paul Sorvino, but the rest of us never will!! https://t.co/dbgcfb1qy3 via @forthewin
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) March 13, 2023
She added, “Such an injustice to my Paul … who everybody loved and everybody loved his movies. He did so much work in the industry.”
In a separate statement, Dee Dee highlighted the absence of Paul, Anne Heche and Charlbi Dean as some of the “deserving souls” who were not featured in the telecast. Even though these stars were mentioned during an online segment from the Academy, this was deemed insufficient to recognize their contributions. A QR Code she noted was not adequate either.
Sadly, the renowned and beloved Sorvino passed away at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida due to health complications. He was well-known for his dramatic mob roles with James Caan in “The Gambler”, Alan Arkin in “The Rocketeer” and Warren Beatty in “Dick Tracy,” as well as playing a crime-fighting cop on the iconic show “Law & Order”.
As Dee Dee recalled, Fox News held a special place in their relationship. It was where they initially crossed paths in the green room prior to independent appearances on the channel and even served as a platform for them to announce their unexpected elopement during Neil Cavuto’s show back in 2015.
“If not for Fox, we would not be married. And Neil Cavuto, we called him Dr. Love,” she said. “We would always joke about this because Paul knew he wanted to marry me right away.”
At first, she felt a certain apprehension due to the considerable age gap between them – he was 28 years her senior. Nonetheless, his kindness and amicable demeanor made it difficult for her to heed those concerns as their spirits were too intertwined to be divided by mere numbers.
He famously taught audiences the correct way to slice garlic with a razor blade in “Goodfellas” and played Claire Danes’ father, Fulgencio Capulet, in the cult classic Leonardo DiCaprio film directed by Baz Luhrmann, “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.”