Organisers of the BAFTA Awards have explained their decision to leave beloved British actor Bob Hoskins out of the event's In Memoriam segment following a slew of complaints about the snub.

The Who Framed Roger Rabbit star passed away in April (14) at the age of 71 and fans had expected him to be remembered at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) ceremony in London on Sunday night (08Feb15).

U.S. stars including Robin Williams, Mickey Rooney and Lauren Bacall, who all died last year (14), were featured in the section, but beloved Brit Hoskins was noticeably absent, sparking a flurry of outraged messages on social media.

Bafta bosses have now responded to the criticism and insisted they chose to honour Hoskins at their Tv awards in May (14) because he had racked up some small screen credits along with his movie career.

A statement from Bafta reads, "Due to the timing of his death in April last year, and the fact that his credits included television as well as film... Bob Hoskins was included in the televised obituaries package at the British Academy Television Awards last year. Bafta features individuals in televised obituaries only once, sadly due to the number of people we'd like to recognise at any one time, and that means difficult decisions have to be made as to which ceremony they should be included in. As Bob died in April last year, just before the television awards, we felt it was right to remember his wonderful career then, rather than wait until last night's film awards."