- The Washington Times - Monday, February 27, 2017

Patricia Arquette is outraged that her transgender sister, “Pulp Fiction” actress Alexis Arquette, was left out of the “In Memoriam” segment of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony.

“I was really pissed off the academy left out my sister Alexis in the memoriam, because Alexis had a great body of work, but Alexis was one of very few trans artists that worked in the business,” Ms. Arquette told ABC News.

Alexis Arquette, a transgender activist with more than 70 film credits, died on September 11, 2016 due to heart complications related to HIV. Her sister said the Academy’s omission Sunday night came during a crucial moment in history for transgender rights.

Ms. Arquette said, “At a time when we have trans kids that can’t even go to the bathroom at school, you would think the academy would have a little bit more respect for a group of people that are murdered, and trans women of color are most likely to live in extreme poverty, making $800 a month, so I think the Oscars have a lot of learning to do.”

The Academy has not yet responded to Ms. Arquette’s criticism.

It wasn’t the only issue people had with the “In Memoriam” tribute. Garry Shandling, Robert Vaughn, Florence Henderson, and Bill Paxton were also excluded, while a photograph of still-living Australian producer Jan Chapman was mistakenly used to honor late costume designer Janet Patterson.

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