03/01/2011 AT 5:35 PM ET
Corey Haim was a prolific and well-known actor in his younger days, starring in a string of 1980s hits including the cult vampire classic The Lost Boys.
“When it was over, I shut the TV off and was so hurt, and I was numb and feeling his pain,” Judy Haim tells PEOPLE exclusively. “This would have hurt him to the core.”
She asked the Academy for an explanation, but wasn’t satisfied with the response.
“They knew Corey and sent condolences, and they explained that 200 (industry people) passed away in 2010 and it’s impossible to mention them all,” Haim says. “But I felt there were people we didn t even know who were on – the Academy is not aware who is a household name. A lot of people were pi––d off he wasn t mentioned and this was last chance to be honored by his peers.”
“They say they re a tight community, but don t go to [people’s] aid when in trouble, and don t honor them when they die,” she continues, adding that her son acted in more than 40 films. “They need to say something when they pass away. I am sorry – he has paid dues. How can you not honor them? How can they say there s not enough time? They need to find time.”
The Academy says in a statement, “There will always be fans and family members of those not included who will be disappointed by their omission” and extends “its understanding and its apologies to those who missed seeing a favorite face in this year’s feature,” E! Online reports.
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