The In Memoriam segment of any awards show always has us reaching for the tissues, but last night's Oscars tribute actually had us scratching our heads. No Larry Hagman, Phyllis Diller or Michael Winner? What's the story lads?

Presented by George Clooney, the Academy's nod to the dearly departed celebrated the likes Tony Scott, Adam Yauch, Ernest Borgnine, Ralph McQuarrie, Herbert Lom, Michael Clarke Duncan, Tony Scott, Hal David and Nora Ephron. Good old Barbra Streisand belted out Marvin Heimlisch's Memory as names and faces , including the composer's, flashed across the screen.

So why the missing faces? Surely Barbra could have pulled a few notes out a bit to fit them in? Well, New York Times journalist Michael Cieply says it's all down to lobbying. Yup, your family basically has to push to get you on the list for the big night's honour roll. Seems a little odd eh?