Chris Cornell Disrespected By Oscars, And Fans Are Pissed

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Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder gave an emotional and powerful performance of Tom Petty’s “Room At The Top” at the Oscars on Sunday night for the In Memoriam segment. While the Oscars’ In Memoriam segment is focused on people who died in the film industry, Chuck Berry was featured due to his work in film with his music. Chris Cornell though was a noticeable snub, especially since his track “The Promise” from the film of the same name was even in contention for an Oscar nomination this year.

Cornell also contributed music to many films over the years, even having a small acting role in the 1992 film Singles. Cornell wrote “The Keeper” to Machine Gun Preacher, “You Know My Name” for Casino Royale, “Live to Rise” with Soundgarden for The Avengers, “Til the Sun Comes Back Around” for 13 Hours, and “Sunshower” for Great Expectations. His solo, Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog hits also appeared in many other films over the years.

Fans on Twitter were not happy at Cornell’s lack in inclusion in the In Memoriam graphics. Note that fans were not upset with Vedder at all and highly praised his performance, the disappointment was in the Academy for not featuring Cornell’s photo in the Memoriam photos. See tweets below from fans:

  • makingconnections

    That’s not many people who felt “snubbed”, considering how many fans Chris Cornell has.

    I think there are many musicians and songwriters who have made the sort of contribution Chris did who aren’t mentioned when they leave us, during the Academy Awards.

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  • Olga Stewart

    I read in an online article one year that the Academy would like to include everyone who passed away but they have a time issue. So some people are going to get left out.

    And this was in reference to Jack Klugman being left out of the in Memoriam section of the show for that particular year.

  • Olga Stewart

    They also left out the sibling of Patricia Arquette: Alexis.

    And Patricia was not happy about that.

    • Kay B

      I’d be pissed too.

  • lima85

    F**k the oscars.

  • Kay B

    Did they leave out Emma Chambers? As far as Chris, to be fair, he wasn’t really an actor or had a song that was up for an award. I understand he had an impact on soundtracks. He was included in the Grammy’s. I actually think Eddie would prefer he be out at the time. He probably would have lost it.

    • Olga Stewart

      I don’t remember seeing Emma’s name.

      • Beechdreemer

        It looks from her IMDB that she was mostly TV, which would be Golden Globe rather than Oscar. Not real familiar with her though so just going by that.

        • Kay B

          She was in Notting Hill. Her performance was great.

    • Beechdreemer

      They honored Tom Petty with the song Eddie sang and Chuck Berry was included in the memoriam but not the musician who actually WROTE A SONG FOR A MOVIE in 2017?? A song that (as per the article) was up for a nomination for an Oscar (snubbed there as well). That is pretty blatant IMO. Perhaps worse, his friend Eddie Vedder, whom Chris helped to get his start in the biz, did not even give a quick shoutout at the mic (I’m sure they would not have stopped the show if he had). Yes, it was disappointing for fans. A very odd omission indeed.

      • Kay B

        I actually thought Ed would say something. Maybe it was best to leave it alone I don’t know. Somethings are just too hard.

      • Michael C

        You say ‘it was disappointing for fans.’ But Cornell committed suicide, the grandest of disappointments for a fan. Do you think he would have cared that the Oscars disappointed his fans?

        • Beechdreemer

          The way he died does not negate his musical legacy any more than Petty dying of a fentanyl overdose does. Way to further stigmatize suicide and mental health issues though, such a well rounded guy, the mere picture of mental health I’m sure! I know you’re really just looking to incite drama though so Carry On. I won’t be watching but I’m sure someone will bite and you’ll get your fun.

          • Olga Stewart

            People like that (the poster above) aren’t worth both the time and attention.

          • makingconnections

            ….but why are they showing up now, all of a sudden with their bad attitude? The way these posters show up, in little clusters, voicing the same sort of attitude seems strange to me.

          • Olga Stewart

            I have no idea.

            But they are just like the ‘whack a mole’ game.

            You whack down one mole and another one pops up.

          • makingconnections

            haha…funny in the morning.

          • Olga Stewart

            I just try to inject humour into my life.

            In fact, humour has helped me deal with various challenging situations in my life.

          • makingconnections

            Me too Olga…my daughter and I have a bad habit of laughing at inappropriate times….sometimes we just can’t look at each other for fear of starting up. Hey, don’t you love it when people are trying not to laugh but when they do they end up snorting…that’s one of my favorite things!

          • Olga Stewart

            Yes, I also do the ‘snaughng’ (snorting and laughing at the same time) thing a fair bit. 🙂

          • Olga Stewart

            Also, I’m finding both that some of these semi-regular and regular posters to be bitchy.

            I don’t understand how people can walk around with such anger in their hearts (Ironic because I had to go to counselling to get help with my anger issues).

            It’s exhausting, it drains the heart out of you, and it doesn’t accomplish anything (unless you decide to use that anger to motivate you to do something positive).

    • Jen R

      Who is Emma chambers?

      • Kay B

        She was in the movie Notting Hill.

    • Michael C

      “…would have lost it.” You mean crying uncontrollably? Doubt it. Vedder has had to process quite a few deaths, and I’d like to think his heart is full of happiness that he had that great friendship and cherished memories

      • Kay B

        No that’s not what I mean smart ass. People can loose it emotionally without showing signs. Look at when he played “Hard Sun” live right after Chris’ death you can tell. My point is Eddie was probably relieved he wouldn’t have to see Chris’ picture up on the scroll. He didn’t go to his funeral. Among other things he probably wanted to grieve privately because it was so personal.

  • Jimmy Miller

    To hell with those Oscar Meyer Wieners. Many people contribute to movies that aren’t actors. There are directors and producers, costume designers, stunt coordinators and musicians who write music, etc. Unfortunately with award events like this “Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, don’t get me started” to many important people don’t get recognition for their contributions. I’m not shocked. It would have been the perfect opportunity to recognize Chris for his contributions to movies. Your fans have your back Chris, we got you.

  • Damian Karamazov

    Forget the Oscars, when are Chris’s colleagues going to do a proper tribute to the greatest singer / songwriter of our generation? I’m looking at you Pearl Jam. Your frontman can’t even utter Chris’s name, it seems, yet CC created TOTD for Andy Wood. I would love to see Pearl Jam create a second TOTD record in honor of Chris, and I’m sure guys like Tom Morello would love to get involved. How about a tribute concert in Seattle? That one year anniversary (May 17) is right around the corner. It’s up to the rock community to honor Chris, not a bunch of bozos at the Oscars who probably aren’t even familiar with his work. P.S. I wonder how that Chris Cornell documentary is coming along (it was originally going to be a Soundgarden documentary but they decided to focus it on Chris, and this was before his tragic demise).

    • makingconnections

      Oh I’m sure they’ll get right to it, now that you’ve told them right from wrong.

      Vicki Cornell has sort of taken up the airwaves since Chris died. Perhaps someday when she remarries or gets on with her life, Chris can be honoured as you wish. Maybe not. This has been a truly tragic time with Chris being dragged through the mud rather than honoured.

      Don’t forget that the members of TOTD were young, they were close and shared the devastation of Andy Wood’s loss on a daily basis. Vicki Cornell has taken ownership of her husband completely…..there’s no room for anything other than her performance.

  • KREePyKiDD

    They forgot Easy-E and Kurt Cobain too.

  • Raj

    Look at this way, the Oscars recognizing Cornell would be a snub to Cornell. Better to be snubbed than be recognized by organizations and people who have no idea what you or your message is all about.

  • Christina Hurst

    Im wondering how that statue VC is in charge of is coming along. Im hoping its that iconic pose of him stomping with his long curly hair and not his Audioslave look. I didnt really know of a Documentry but thats why I love this place.

  • Jen R

    @Raj – I totally agree with you. Plus,
    He isn’t a minority so why would they give him any recognition? It’s not like we don’t realize to whom the selection committee is beholden.

  • William Hendricks

    Every year, the only people that get talked about for “in memorioum” tributes at the Grammys and Oscars are the people that didnt make it. Much ado about nothing

  • dakotablue

    Chris wasn’t the only snub this year by far. They also neglected to mention Glen Campbell who actually acted in several movies as well as sang for some, and two of my favorite actors who died last year, Bill Paxton and Powers Boothe. But of course we had to see photos of deceased hairstylists and makeup people. Doesn’t make sense.

    • makingconnections

      Missing Bill Paxton is a big mistake…..

      • Kay B

        Holy shit they missed him?

        • makingconnections

          I’m sure that was a huge mistake on behalf of the organizers. I loved Bill Paxton’s acting. I loved him in “Resistance”, with Julia Ormond…so romantic but tragic. (WWII) I wonder if they honoured him last year because he died just before the Oscars?

          • Kay B

            Yea that would be a big mistake. I could see that you can’t get everyone but Bill?

          • makingconnections

            He died last year the night before the Oscars and his passing was mentioned, but they didn’t have a photo up. I guess they felt that he was honoured at the 2017 Oscars by their speaking of his loss then. I always feel that if you’re going to do something like a remembrance of people, it has to be done perfectly or not at all.

          • Kay B

            I was just reading Stephen Hawking passed. I was very much into his work. I have his equation of the entropy of a black hole in space tattooed on my forearm. I’m going to miss his work.

        • Olga Stewart

          The one thing you can always depend on with the Oscar In Memoriam section is that people will get left out.

          And it’s usually who should have been there over some of the others.

  • Lucky Neko

    Fer gadsakes, when will the (ignorant) public stop referring to Vedder as Chris Cornell’s bestfriend? If he really was, Vicki Cornell would’ve acknowledged that kind of deep friendship & bond with much understanding. It’s just a grunge myth & it’s ain’t true. They were friends but not best friends. And if Vedder was really a bff, and not just treating the relationship as a friendship of convenience, I don’t think he’ll do the tribute if he knew CC was not included in the montage. Wake up people.

    • Olga Stewart

      Eddie knew Chris a hell of a lot more than Vicky ever.

      And I am awake, thank you very much.