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Patricia Arquette Upset That Oscar In Memoriam Segment Left Out Trans Sister Alexis Arquette

“Trans kids can really never look at anyone and see their heroes, and I think that was a big mistake.”

Actresses Rosanna, Alexis and Patricia Arquette

Actresses Rosanna, Alexis and Patricia Arquette

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Patricia Arquette may have won an Oscar for “Boyhood,” but she’s not pleased with the Academy for one snub.

The actress spoke out about her sister Alexis Arquette being left out of the In Memoriam segment, which honors those in the industry who have died in the past year.

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“Alexis was a great actor and had 70 credits and was really brave to live her truth as a trans woman, and they didn’t include her in the memorial,” Patricia Arquette told ET. “I think that was a real slight to the trans community, especially at this time when trans kids can’t even go to the bathroom in the United States of America at school. It says a lot about the lack of inclusion.”

She added, “Trans kids can really never look at anyone and see their heroes, and I think that was a big mistake.”

Alexis Arquette died last September at the age of 47. She was known for her roles in “Pulp Fiction,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Bride of Chucky,” “Last Exit to Brooklyn” and many other films.

The In Memoriam segment has always courted controversy for leaving out beloved stars. Some pointed out that Sunday’s tribute didn’t include Doris Roberts, Garry Shandling or Robert Vaughn, although those actors are more often identified by their work on television.

This year, however, a new sort of scandal arose when the tribute included a photo of a producer who is very much alive. Jan Chapman’s photo was used in the place of Janet Patterson, the Australian costume designer who had died. Both women had worked together on “The Piano.”

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The Oscars are about rewarding exceptional achievements in, and major contributions to, the motion picture industry. It’s about talent – not about gender or race or disabilities. Alexis’ may have had 70 credits but they were forgettable bit parts so his/her contribution to the film industry was almost non existent. She was more famous for being a crossdresser and a trainwreck than anything else. Having a famous actress (Patricia) for a sister doesn’t qualify Alexis.

Again, the memorial is for people who made major contributions to film. It is not for siblings who just happen to have also participated in film.

Giving out nominations, awards or in memorian nods to satisfy some sort of a transgender quota is the most patronizing act the Oscars could ever do. It would not be fair to other actors who really do deserve to get mentioned, nominated and awarded for their acting achievements.

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