Prolific film and television actor Scott Wilson, perhaps best known for starring as Hershel Greene in The Walking Dead, was not included in the Oscars’ In Memoriam montage aired during Sunday’s ceremony.
Long before he joined the zombie drama in its sophomore season in 2011, Wilson made memorable appearances in The Ninth Configuration, In Cold Blood, and 1974’s The Great Gatsby.
The star made his feature film debut opposite Sidney Poitier in 1967’s In the Heat of the Night, the Norman Jewison-directed film that won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Wilson passed away at the age of 76 in October after a battle with leukemia. He died just one day before The Walking Dead premiered its ninth season, where Wilson briefly reprised his role as Hershel in the sendoff episode for Rick Grimes star Andrew Lincoln.
“Scott will always be remembered as a great actor, and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person. The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show,” an AMC spokesperson said in a statement issued after Wilson’s death.
“Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our characters’ choices to this day. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed.”
Wilson was remembered in January during the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards’ In Memoriam. That montage sampled a clip from The Walking Dead 403, ‘Isolation,’ in which Hershel declares his intention to help the gravely sick despite the great risk to himself.
Greg Nicotero, who directed what would prove to be Wilson’s last appearance in November’s ‘What Comes After,’ previously confirmed Wilson viewed his final scene before his passing and “he was so grateful.”
“He had tears in his eyes when he watched it and he was so proud,” Nicotero said in October.
“Hershel... he did so much for the show and it was a great opportunity again paying tribute to the fans and giving them an episode of The Walking Dead unlike anything they have ever seen.
“Scott was such a dear friend of mine. I can’t tell you how happy I am that we were able to get him back for the show and how happy I am personally that I was able to show him that scene and he was able to enjoy the magic he was able to create.”
Oscars viewers were also upset after the ceremony snubbed Verne Troyer and R. Lee Ermey, among others, who were not included in a montage that paid tribute to such industry figures as Penny Marshall, Burt Reynolds, Margot Kidder, and Stan Lee.
Who was in charge of the memorium this year? They left quite a few people out of the memorium. Scott Wilson, Aretha Franklin (Blues Brothers), Sandra Locke, Verne Troyer, R. Lee Ermey, David Ogden Grier, Reg Cathey, John Mahoney, Dorothy Malone, Jerry Van Dyke. #Oscars— Julie Cohn (@CorkForkPassprt) February 25, 2019
did they actually just leave out scott wilson in the memoriam at the oscars... correct me if i’m wrong but i didn’t see him and that breaks my heart—  ♡ ǝpʎɥ ♡ |-/ fb or i unf (@heidithehuman) February 25, 2019
#Oscars really missed out on remembering Dick Miller & Scott Wilson 2 Academy members that should have been recognized. I hope one day #horror & stuntmen will be recognized for their own award & in memoriam as I would have liked the academy to recognize Steve Dash for his career.— Horrorautographs.com (@horrorautograph) February 25, 2019
I don't care about the #Oscars, but how does @TheAcademy miss so many people in memoriam every time? R. Lee Ermey, Verne Troyer, Carol Channing, Philip Bosco, John Mahoney, David Ogden Stiers, Stanley Donen, Reg E Cathey, Scott Wilson, & Bob Einstein. How does that happen???— Deep to Moss (@ilikebigdecks) February 25, 2019
I’m kinda surprised Aretha Franklin wasn’t featured in the In Memoriam segment. She was such a cultural giant and her music made such an impact in cinema.
Also snubbed were Scott Wilson, Charlotte Rae, and Verne Troyer. #Oscars — Joseph A. Wulfsohn (@JosephWulfsohn) February 25, 2019
People that were left out of @TheAcademy's IN MEMORIAM:
Shameful.#Oscars— Dylan Brandsema (@SneakyOstrich69) February 25, 2019
Correct me if I'm wrong but I did not see Scott Wilson as part of the 'In Memoriam' segment.
What the hell, Academy?!#Oscars— Marcy ? (@SailorMarc92) February 25, 2019
...AND they forgot to pay respects to Scott Wilson at the In Memoriam...he passed in October 2018. Did you folks forget In Cold Blood? He was phenomenal in that movie. Well, at least they remembered Stan Lee...#Oscars— Eleanor Rudland (@aunt_wood) February 25, 2019
Leaving Scott Wilson out of the In Memoriam? Uhhh, bullshit. #Oscars— Sam (@feartwds) February 25, 2019
Did the Oscars In Memoriam skip Scott Wilson? Or am I crazy? I’m crazy right?— Kevin Clarke (@KevlarC) February 25, 2019
You forgot Scott Wilson! ?? #Oscars— Emma Louise Jovovich (@EmmyJovovich) February 25, 2019
So I have to say, f**k the "Academy". They left out two damned ICONS from their "In Memorium" section this year... Scott Wilson and Dick Miller. RIP. We remember you. Screw the #Oscars. pic.twitter.com/j2YthQhnCC— Paul Hurtado (@Feydakyn) February 25, 2019
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