The 94th Academy Awards took place on Sunday in Los Angeles. The ceremony awarded the best film, filmmakers, actors and technical departments. Like every year, The Academy Awards' In Memoriam segment paid tributes to filmmakers and artists who left for their heavenly abode in 2021. However, Indian celebrities like Dilip Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar were not included.
This did not go down well with netizens. One user wrote, "I was actually expecting #LataMangeshkar to be mentioned in the #Oscars In Memoriam. But well..." Another person tweeted, "Why was the Indian Nightingale @mangeshkarlata omitted from #Oscars tribute. She is a legend! Bizzare and inexcusable!...."
— Jinal Bhatt (@Jinal1303) March 28, 2022
Bizzare and inexcusable!....#LataMangeshkar
— Aayush Joshi (@aajoshi0607) March 28, 2022
The amazing world-record setting #LataMangeshkar (who passed away from Covid) sang more songs for more movies than shown in all Oscars combined. Yet, the #Oscars2022 #Inmemoriam did not see it fit to honor her even with a mention. Sometimes, I think, colonialism still lives on...
— Neha (@44Neha) March 28, 2022
— Rema Deo (@Remadeo) March 28, 2022
Dilip Kumar passed away at the age of 98 on July 7, 2021, leaving behind a legacy of films that spanned six decades. Lata Mangeshkar succumbed to post-COVID complications and breathed her last at the age of 92.