Mira Sorvino blasts Oscars for snubbing dad Paul from In Memoriam segment

Mira Sorvino has expressed her hurt after her father, Paul Sorvino, was snubbed from the In Memoriam segment at the Oscars 2023.

The 95th Academy Awards left out several celebrities who died in the past year, including the likes of Anne Heche and Charlbi Dean.

Goodfellas star Sorvino, who died in July aged 83, was among the famous faces accidentally omitted and Mira voiced her devastation shortly afterward, describing it as ‘baffling beyond belief’.

Ahead of the prestigious ceremony starting Mira posted a clip of herself winning best supporting actress for Mighty Aphrodite in 1996 as her late dad cried.

Captioning the video, Mira wrote: ‘On this Oscars night I am so happy for all of the nominees and the winners, but I am also moved in a thousand different ways when I think of the night I got to share my Academy Award with my Dad, the very great actor Paul Sorvino, who was never nominated. 

‘To get to share this blindingly positive moment with my father… My first and best teacher, my beloved Daddy who came to all the school plays and loved from the bottom of his heart, the brilliant thespian whom all his colleagues revered as one of the greatest, to get to give back to him what he had been giving me all my life – love and belief and admiration and gratitude.

‘On this first year after his passing it is truly a bittersweet but beautiful memory. I love you Dad, I miss you so much.’

But Mira later edited the caption after finding out that her father didn’t make it into the In Memoriam segment.

The star later edited her caption when she learned of the omission and called on The Academy to ‘make this right.’

She then added: ‘PS when I posted this I had not learned of Dad’s omission and that of several other incredible artists from the in Memoriam section. 

‘Incredibly hurt and shocked that my father’s lifelong, irreplaceable, enormous contribution to the world of cinema was overlooked by whomever made that list. 

‘We his adoring family, and you, his adoring public, know just how unique and incredible he was. We hope The Academy does something to put this right.’

She also took to Twitter to voice her upset, adding: ‘I for one am remembering Dad on this Oscars night….

‘It is baffling beyond belief that my beloved father and many other amazing brilliant departed actors were left out. The Oscars forgot about Paul Sorvino, but the rest of us never will!!’

Oscar winners 2023

Here are the winners for the 95th Oscar Awards:

Best motion picture of the year
Everything Everywhere All at Once

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Brendan Fraser in The Whale

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Ke Huy Quan in Everything Everywhere All at Once

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Jamie Lee Curtis in Everything Everywhere All at Once

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
Naatu Naatu from RRR, Music by M.M. Keeravaani; Lyric by Chandrabose

Achievement in directing
Everything Everywhere All at Once – Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

Best animated feature film of the year
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Achievement in cinematography
All Quiet on the Western Front

Achievement in costume design
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Best documentary feature

Best documentary short subject
The Elephant Whisperers

Achievement in film editing
Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best international feature film of the year
All Quiet on the Western Front – Germany

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
The Whale

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
All Quiet on the Western Front – Volker Bertelmann

Achievement in production design
All Quiet on the Western Front

Best animated short film
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Best live action short film
An Irish Goodbye

Achievement in sound
Top Gun: Maverick

Achievement in visual effects
Avatar: The Way of Water

Adapted screenplay
Women Talking

Original screenplay
Everything Everywhere All at Once

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