Oscars: Patricia Arquette Angry at Sister Alexis' "In Memoriam" Omission
"I was really pissed off," the Academy Award-winning actress told ABC News.
Patricia Arquette has expressed her fury at the exclusion of her sister Alexis from the "In Memoriam" section at this year's Oscars.
Alexis, who died in September at age 47, has more than 70 stage and screen credits on her acting CV and was a trailblazing artist and activist for other trans actors and performers.
Speaking to ABC News, Patricia, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Boyhood in 2014, said: "I was really pissed off the Academy left out my sister Alexis in the '[In] Memoriam,' because Alexis had a great body of work, but Alexis was one of very few trans artists that worked in the business."
She continued: "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."
The actress added: "So I think the Oscars have a lot of learning to do."
The "In Memoriam" section of this year's Oscars came in for other criticism, most notably for remembering the late costume designer Janet Patterson mistakenly with an image of her friend, producer Jan Chapman, who is "very much alive."