Draconically Speaking: A Matter of Equity – The Case For Andy Griffith


This is a follow-up to my post about the Oscars’ ‘In Memorium’ snubs.

No doubt there are those who question the uproar about Andy Griffith’s seeming snub from the now infamous 2013 Oscars’ ‘In Memoriam’ segment. Their argument is the expected, “Well, he was best known for TV shows.” I have a two word rebuttal to that argument –

‘Jack Klugman’

Jack Klugman was included in the segment, while Andy Griffith was not. This is hardly fair. The argument that Griffith shouldn’t have been counted should also hold for Klugman.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a huge fan of Jack’s. But be honest – is the FIRST thing that comes to your mind when you hear his name, his film work, like Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men (1957)?
Of course not – you think Oscar Madison of The Odd Couple, or Quincy, M.E. – his iconic TV work.

Just as you don’t (necessarily) immediately think of Andy Griffith’s film work like Elia Kazan’s A Face In the Crowd (1957) or even Mervyn LeRoy’s No Time For Sergeants (1958). Your mind almost automatically goes to Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and country lawyer, Ben Matlock.

In checking on my facts for this post, my scan of IMDB.com showed me that BOTH actor’s bodies of work were comprised of 95% TV work (including TV movies), and the number of the (listed) feature films of each could be counted upon the fingers of one hand. Hardly the stuff of theatrical legend, but both careers are amazingly similar.

So there it is, in black and white, as clear as crystal. I do NOT begrudge Klugman’s inclusion in the segment, but clearly the facts show that if he was included, there is no excuse whatsoever for not including Griffith.

The defense rests.


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