Sir Donald Sinden's son has written an angry email to the head of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to express his "hurt" after his father was excluded from the award ceremony's In Memoriam segment.
The veteran actor passed away in September (14) at the age of 90, and his son Marc Sinden was outraged when Bafta bosses failed to feature the prolific stage and screen star in the tribute at the annual film prizegiving in London on Sunday (08Feb15).
Sinden has now written to Bafta's chief executive, Amanda Berry, to complain about the snub.
In the email, obtained by Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, he writes, "The fact you couldn't be bothered to include my late father in your 'departed colleagues' section has hurt me almost beyond words. I'm sure that the fact he died so long ago as September may have escaped your memory. Obviously, I have to remind you that before he became a major West End and Rsc (Royal Shakespeare Company) star, he... (appeared) in 23 films, several of which are still regarded as major films of the Fifties and Sixties. He was also nominated for three Baftas in his time. But what does that matter?"
After Sunday's ceremony, Bafta bosses came under fire for excluding beloved British actor Bob Hoskins from the segment, which featured a host of American stars, including Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, among the 27 tributes.