The Oscars are nothing more than political garbage these days, and this year’s “event” was no different. But it did snub our favorite Drill Sergeant, R. Lee Ermey, leaving him out of the “In Memoriam” section of the show. He wasn’t the only one they dumped, but he was a favorite of Marine Corps fans.
Ermey died in April of 2018, as we previously reported.
Ermey’s role as “Gunny Sergeant Hartman” in Full Metal Jacket made him a legend in his own time. He was the consummate Marine. Enlisting in 1961 at 17 years old, he thrived in the Corps. After serving in 14 months in Vietnam, he was medically discharged in 1972 from severe injuries he received during his service. He was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant by special action of the Commandant of the Marine Corps in 2002.
His tough demeanor in film belied the kind soul exhibited in his private life. Leaving him out of the tribute is a sad testimony to Hollywood’s arrogant existence.
Military.com reported the others left out of the tribute:
Other Hollywood legends left out of the tribute include Verne Troyer (Mini-me in the “Austin Powers” movies); the incredible Dick Miller (best known for playing a WWII vet in the “Gremlins” movies); Danny Leiner (director of the classics “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?”); Carol Channing (Oscar-nominated for her role in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”); Sondra Locke (Oscar-nominated for her role in “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”); and the director Stanley Donen (“Charade,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and the unfortunate 80s sex comedy “Blame It on Rio.”).
Legit surprised that R. Lee Ermey and Julie Adams weren’t included, though. Sadly expected the absence of people such as Dick Miller, Harry Anderson, Donald Moffat, and Verne Troyer #Oscars— Dead Meat (@deadmeatjames) February 25, 2019
Many of those left out of the Oscar tribute were registered Democrats, so it’s unclear why they were snubbed.
Here’s the jelly doughnut scene from “Full Metal Jacket”