Oscars: Patricia Arquette ‘Bummed’ Trans Sister Left Out of In Memoriam Segment
Patricia Arquette is none too happy with The Academy after her sister was left out of the In Memoriam segment on Sunday.
“I’m really bummed,” Patricia told Vanity Fair. “For the in memoriam, they left out our sister Alexis, and she was trans.”
Alexis Arquette — who had more than 70 credits to her name, including a role in “Pulp Fiction”– died in September due to complications from HIV at the age of 47.
“We’re living in a time right now where trans kids can’t even go to the bathroom in schools and they’re diminished in society,” Patricia continued. “It’s really unfortunate that the Oscars decided they couldn’t show a trans person who was such an important person in this community. Because — trans kids — it could have meant a lot to them.”
Alexis was not the only star to get left out of the tribute to stars we lost in 2016 during Sunday’s awards ceremony. “Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson was a pointed omission, as was comedian and actor Garry Shandling, not to mention “Growing Pains” dad Alan Thicke.
Though all three actors were more known for TV projects rather than films, some TV-centric actors were given a tribute, including Mary Tyler Moore.
Also omitted, perhaps due to timing more than anything else, was “Twister” star Bill Paxton, who died Saturday, just a day before the ceremony. However, Jennifer Aniston, who introduced the In Memoriam segment, mentioned him in her speech.
Source: The Wrap