"Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year's Oscar show," the Academy’s statement to the Associated Press read. "She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com."
Rivers' daughter Melissa released a statement responding to her mother’s omission from the Oscars segment Monday evening.
"It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but Cooper [Melissa's son] and I have been overwhelmed with support and love over my mom’s passing and we choose to focus on that," Melissa said.
There are zip codes in five Bay Area cities where vaccination rates are the lowest, with 45 to 60% of the population still not fully vaccinated. Experts say these Bay Area neighborhoods are driving most of the transmission fueling our fourth COVID-19 surge.