As the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards looked back on those that were lost over the last year, there was at least one glaring omission many tuning in may have been looking for. Abe Vigoda wasn’t included in the In Memoriam following his death on Jan. 26 at 94 years old.
Chances are with Vigoda’s death falling so close to the actual award ceremony, the video package of those who passed away was already cut together and finalized. It certainly wasn’t for a lack of credits for Vigoda, who was best known for his role in “The Godfather” and starred in many films and TV shows.
Another actor that didn’t make the video was Uggie the dog — the star of in the Oscar-winning 2012 movie “The Artist.” Uggie was put to sleep in August 2015 after battling a prostate tumor.
There’s a very good reason Uggie wasn’t included, though. Animals don’t join the Screen Actors Guild. By their own account, SAG/AFTRA members include “actors, announcers, broadcasters journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.”
Still, they don’t represent animals used on-screen, thus Uggie was not included in an In Memoriam consisting of SAG members. There’s always a chance he’ll get his due at the Oscars, though.