Friday 19 January 2018

Hoskins missed out of Bafta tribute

Bob Hoskins, who died last year, was not included in the tribute section at the Bafta film awards 2015
Bob Hoskins, who died last year, was not included in the tribute section at the Bafta film awards 2015

Bafta organisers have been criticised for not including late actor Bob Hoskins in their customary In Memoriam segment last night.

Famous names from the world of entertainment and showbiz described their anger that Hoskins, who died last year aged 71, was omitted from the package.

Hoskins starred in Hollywood hits such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the homegrown underworld classic The Long Good Friday, while his role as George in the 1986 hit Mona Lisa won him an Oscar nomination for leading actor.

Bafta organisers said Hoskins' death was included in last year's academy television awards - which traditionally run later in the year - and that it was common practice only to feature in one ceremony.

Stars last night hit out at what they considered a snub to the veteran actor.

Writer and actor David Baddiel said: "The omission of Bob Hoskins in the Bafta remembrance montage seems symbolic of the erasure in modern times of the working-class actor."

Actor Zoe Wanamaker, known for roles in Harry Potter and BBC sitcom My Family, said: "Saddened and disappointed that Bob Hoskins wasn't mentioned at the Baftas last night. Bad form to say the least."

Sherlock Holmes actor Eddie Marsan added: "Bafta didn't remember the great, kind and talented Bob Hoskins last night. But he'll always be inspirational to us."

Former journalist and television host Piers Morgan added: "No tribute to, or mention of, Bob Hoskins at the Baftas - seriously?"

Mr Selfridge star Amanda Abbington paid her own tribute. She wrote simply: "Bob Hoskins. I salute you."

In a statement, Bafta organisers said: " Due to the timing of his death in April last year, and the fact that his credits included television as well as film (he was Bafta-nominated for Pennies from Heaven in 1979), Bob Hoskins was included in the televised obituaries package at the British Academy Television Awards last year.

"Bafta features individuals in televised obituaries only once, sadly due to the number of people we'd like to recognise at any one time, and that means difficult decisions have to be made as to which ceremony they should be included in. As Bob died in April last year, just before the television awards, we felt it was right to remember his wonderful career then, rather than wait until last night's film awards."

The spokesman said Hoskins' name was featured in the In Memoriam section of the souvenir brochure given to everyone on the night of the awards. His career is also recognised in the online obituaries area www.bafta.org/heritage/in-memory-of.

Hoskins retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

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