Horror fans are crying foul tonight after Sid Haig was left out of the In Memoriam montage on tonight’s Academy Awards broadcast.
The actor, perhaps most well known recently for his work with Rob Zombie in House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and 3 From Hell, has almost 150 acting credits to his name from a career that began in 1960 with a short film titled The Host.
The Academy Awards are notorious for ignoring films and actors’ performances in the horror genre. This year alone both Lupita Nyong’o and and Florence Pugh weren’t even among nominees for their work in Us and Midsommar, respectively.
Horror fans generally overlook these omissions despite stellar work by genre creators, but when the Academy omits someone from the In Memoriam, a moment set aside to remember those creatives who died in the last year, the sting is real and especially when it is someone so beloved as Haig.
The actor died last September from complications after a fall that he took in his home. He was 80 years old.
“Let us remember their lives and let us remember their legacies,” announcer Steven Spielberg said just before the video began. Sadly, they missed an incredible actor and human being by omitting Sid Haig.
Haig wasn’t the only omission from this year’s video. Both Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce were both left off the list, and fans of both have voiced their displeasure.
You can watch the full video of the memorial montage below.
Sid Haig Remembered: Rob Zombie and Others Pay Tribute
Included below is a selection of social media tributes to Haig from various notables, beginning with director Rob Zombie himself, who penned a touching farewell to his friend and colleague on Facebook. Sid Haig may sadly be gone, but he’ll never be forgotten.