Patricia Arquette says it was a "real slight" that her sister was omitted from the Oscars “In Memoriam” segment
It looks like we haven’t heard the last of any grievances against the Academy Awards, as Patricia Arquette has spoken out against the ceremony’s “In Memoriam” section for omitting her sister, the late trans-actor Alexis Arquette, who died last September.
It seems that this wasn’t the only oversight with the “In Memoriam” section of Sunday night’s (February 26th) awards. While Sara Bareilles delivered a moving performance during the segment, one of the faces displayed was of someone who is actually still alive. Rather than celebrating the life of costume Janet Patterson, the Academy used the picture of her long-time friend and producer Janet Chapman.
“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and longtime collaborator Janet Patterson,” Chapman, who worked with Patterson on The Piano back in ’93, told Variety in an email. “I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered. Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up. I am alive and well and an active producer.”
Well, now Patricia Arquette has chastised the Academy for omitting her sister from the “In Memoriam” section, too.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Patricia Arquette said that she felt it was a “real slight” that Alexis Arquette was omitted from the segment.
When asked about why she felt that her sister’s omission had taken place, Patricia said that she wasn’t surprised by the move.
“The reality is, trans people are ignored all the time in our culture and our community. They have their civil rights taken away, they’re murdered, beaten, and often times they don’t even end up having any kind of justice,” she said. “The group that is most likely to make the lowest amount of money in America is trans women of color…They’re a very disrespected community.”
Alexis Arquette was most known for her roles in Last Exit to Brooklyn, Pulp Fiction, and The Wedding Singer, as well as Vh1’s The Surreal Life. She sadly passed away last year in September. She was 47 years old.