Chris Cornell’s friend and employee Clare O’Brien reacted to a tweet by John Squires on Monday.
Squires tweeted, “I 100% understand that the #Oscars ‘in memoriam’ video packages can’t mention *everyone*, but Tobe Hooper? Come on. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist, if he only made those two films, are absolutely LEGENDARY and important movies. Sigh.”
O’Brien responded, “Major omission. Not sure what their criteria are for inclusion, but the late @chriscornell was also left out despite having done a #JamesBond theme song & many other original songs for films. While his musical colleague & friend #EddieVedder sang, apparently. Bit ironic. #Oscars”
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.