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The Oscars’ “In Memoriam” tribute left out trans actress Alexis Arquette

  • In an interview with ABC News, Patricia Arquette chided the Academy for leaving out her sister Alexis Arquette, a transgender actress and activist with credits in movies like Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer.
  • “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,” she told the outlet.
  • Arquette died in September after battling what People later identified as an “AIDS-related illness.” Read more (2/27/17 2:24 PM)
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An important message about the power of film and storytelling from The Salesman Director Asghar Farhadi.

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Transgender actress Alexis Arquette left out of Oscars' In Memoriam
Alexis Arquette, who had over 70 acting credits, died last September.
By ABC News

Lots went wrong at the Oscars this year. One mistake that Patricia Arquette called out right away: her sister, transgender actress Alexis Arquette, who died in September with more than 70 screen credits to her name, was not included in the Oscars’ annual “In Memoriam” segment. 

“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,” she told ABC News.

“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.”

A lot of learning to do, indeed. 

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Congratulations to Moonlight (2016), dir. Barry Jenkins, for winning Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards.  

“At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you’re going to be. Can’t let nobody make that decision for you.”