Patricia Arquette disappointed over late sister Alexis' In Memoriam snub
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 4:45
While many viewers are still in shock over the Academy Awards' Best Picture flub, former Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette is particularly upset over Sunday night's In Memoriam tribute, which left out her sister, transgender actress and activist, Alexis Arquette.
Arquette passed away of complications from HIV last September.
She was touched, she said, by "this lovely story about a gay kid in America in a world that doesn't accept gay people". "For the in memoriam, they left out our sister Alexis, and she was trans". But she was "bummed" to see Alexis excluded in the video tribute to actors who died in the a year ago.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards Did Remember Alexis ArquetteAlexis Arquette was honored at this year's SAG awards.
"Her career was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman", Patricia told Vanity Fair. Her appearance in the sixth season of VH1's The Surreal Life and starring role in the 2007 documentary chronicling her transition, Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother, are often credited with bringing much-needed visibility to transgender people in pop culture. She appeared in films such as "Pulp Fiction", "Of Mice and Men" and "The Wedding Singer", among many others. "She was a vanguard in the fight for understanding and acceptance for all trans people".
"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", Arquette told the magazine.
The academy has not yet responded to ABC News' request for comment.
The Arquette family have since released a joint statement praising Alexis' bravery and trans activism.
Patricia Arquette pictured with sister Alexis in 2006. "It says a lot about the lack of inclusion - trans kids can really never look at anyone and see their heroes, and I think that was a big mistake". Huge heart. No one loved cinema more than him.