Michael Imperiali laments ‘Sopranos’ co-star Tony Sirico’s omission from Oscars in memoriam

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Every year, the Oscars feature an In Memoriam segment honoring stars and Hollywood professionals who have lost their lives in the past year, and each time, the segment is followed by controversy leave out notable faces, “White Lotus” star Michael Imperiali is adding to the criticism he’s received at this year’s commemoration, blasting his former co-stars’ omission Tony Sirico, Paul SorvinoAnd tom sizemore,

“Sorvino, Sirico and Sizemore,” Imperiali wrote In an Instagram post on Monday, which features headshots of all three actors. “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 I am saddened to see them overlooked by Hollywood on its biggest night.

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Imperiali and Sirico worked together on all six seasons of the famous HBO mobster drama “The Sopranos”; Imperiali played the role of Christopher Moltisanti, while Sirico played the short-tempered Paulie “Nut” Gualtieri. Both Imperiali and Sorvino appeared in supporting roles in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster film classic “Goodfellas”. Sizemore and Imperiali were in two films together, 1990’s “A Matter of Degrees” and 1998’s “Witness to the Mob.”

Earlier on Monday Sorvino’s daughter is actor Mira Sorvino criticized her father’s omission from the Oscar tribute, writing on Twitter that “It is shocking beyond belief that my beloved father and so many other amazingly talented late actors were left out. The Oscars forgot about Paul Sorvino, the rest of us never will not do !!

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In addition to Sorvino, Sirico and Sizemore, Anne Heche, Leslie Jordan, “Triangle of Sadness” star Charlby Dean, Barbara Walters, Cindy Williams, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Hugh Hudson, Peter Brook, Mike Hodges, George T. Miller, and Lisa Marie Presley were among those not represented in the in memoriam section, which was introduced by John Travolta and featured music by Lenny Kravitz. The segment ended with a QR code that directed viewers to a page on the Oscars’ official website, showing a more complete list of recently deceased stars.

Check out Imperiali’s Instagram tribute to the three actors below.

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