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14th Mar 2023

Michael Imperioli criticises the Oscars for not including Sopranos co-star Tony Sirico in memoriam

Stephen Porzio


The segment has come under fire for omitting several major names.

Actor and writer Michael Imperioli has hit out at the Oscars for not including a number of big names in its memoriam, including his Sopranos co-star Tony Sirico.

Taking to Instagram, Imperioli highlighted the Academy Awards’ omission of Sirico, as well as of Goodfellas actor Paul Sorvino and the recently passed away Tom Sizemore (Heat, Saving Private Ryan).

The White Lotus and Sopranos star wrote:

“Sorvino, Sirico, Sizemore. These three brilliant actors were forgotten by the Academy last night at the Oscars. I was proud and honored to have worked with all three of these men and it saddened me to see Hollywood ignore them on its biggest night.”

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Amongst the commenters on the post was Sorvino’s daughter, the Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), who thanked Imperioli for his post.

Mira also wrote on Instagram about her father’s omission:

“Incredibly hurt and shocked that my father’s lifelong, irreplaceable, enormous contribution to the world of cinema was overlooked by whoever 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.”

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Other major names left out of the Oscars memoriam segment included Anne Heche (Six Days, Seven Nights), Charlbi Dean (Triangle of Sadness) and Leslie Jordan (The Help).

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