The 75th British Academy Film Awards, also known as the BAFTAs, was held on March 13, and some viewers need answers. A segment of the award show dubbed “In Memoriam” showed several television personalities who had passed on over the years and their accomplishments. One noticeable name missing was Betty White.
The “Golden Girls” star passed on on December 31 due to natural causes. Since her first appearance on tv in the 1950s, White has won six Emmy awards in addition to a Lifetime Achievement Award and several other award nominations.
Although White was mentioned on the Award show’s website, she was noticeably missing in the televised show. Fans trooped to social media to inquire why and display their disapproval. Another late celebrity who was noticeably absent was Helen McCrory.
Betty White Was Excluded From The ‘In Memoriam’ Segment Of The BAFTAS
The 2022 British Academy Film Awards was just concluded, and some viewers want to know why White wasn’t paid tribute. In a section of the show titled “In Memoriam,” dozens of celebrities who passed last year were honored.
The British Award show took place at the Royal Albert Hall on March 13. The video montage played during the segment paid tribute to stars like Sidney Poitier, Peter Bogdanocuch, Monica Vitti, and Halyna Hutchins; however, White was noticeably absent.
Another notable icon missing from the tribute is the “Peaky Blinders” and “Harry Potter” actress Helen McCrory. White was, however, among the list of tributes BAFTA shared on their website‘s “In Memory Of” section.
White Was Among The Tribute Artists On The BAFTA Website
Although they didn’t mention the late actress during their award show, White was listed among the 2021 deaths on their website. BAFTAs took to Twitter to share a link with tributes to “the artists who made a significant contribution to the film industry which sadly died in the last year.”
Her tribute listed all White’s accomplishments in the industry and her start as a tv personality. It started by talking about her first tv appearances from the 1950s, starting with “Life with Elizabeth” (1952-1955), “Date with the Angels” (1957-1958), and “The Betty White Show” (1977-1978). Another of the star’s famous tv appearances mentioned were her two long-running comedies, “Golden Girls” and “Hot in “Cleveland.”
It added, “Overall, White won six Emmys from 23 nominations and was the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. In 2010, she was presented with BAFTA Los Angeles’ Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, given in honour of Charlie Chaplin.”
Fans Reaction To White’s Tribute’s Absence
After realizing that White wasn’t included in the televised tribute, fans of the “Golden Girls” star trooped to social media to share their disapproval. One wrote, “How come Betty White wasn’t mentioned In Memoriam she died on December 31 2021, that’s terrible.”
Another wrote, “Excuse me @BAFTA, but where was Betty White on the In Memoriam.”
“Bafta sucks for not paying tribute to Ed Asner and Betty White,” a comment read.
A fan asked, “Where was the wonderful Betty White?”
Some comments argued in favor of BAFTAs, claiming that although White appeared on TV a lot, she wasn’t eligible to be in the tribute. Several fans were swift in pointing out that the tv personality has several cameo appearances in movies like “The Proposal” and animations like “Toy Story 4 and “The Lorax.”
White Died On December 31
The sad passing of White was announced on New Year’s Eve in 2021. This happened mere weeks before her 100th milestone birthday celebration. The event was planned to be a huge celebration with the release of a movie in her honor.
According to her manager, Jeff Witjas, she died from natural causes, not the “booster” or the coronavirus. He said, “I can absolutely, 100 percent say, Betty did not pass because of the booster, she did not pass because of COVID, she never had COVID. She passed, with my understanding, of natural causes.”
Witjas also talked about how much he would miss the actress but knew she wanted to be with her much-loved husband, Allen Ludden. “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” he said.
The manager continued, “I will miss her terribly, and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband, Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”
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