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Patricia Arquette Slams Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ for Not Including Her Sister Alexis, a Trans Actress

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When the Oscars standard “In Memoriam” segment aired, Patricia Arquette was shocked that the Academy didn’t highlight her sister Alexis Arquette, who died last September. “Alexis was a great actor, and had 70 credits, and was really brave to live her truth as a trans woman, and they didn’t include her in the memorial,” Arquette told ET after the ceremony. Alexis’s credits included Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer, according to IMDb. Patricia said the exclusion was particularly timely, given President Trump’s recent action regarding trans Americans’ civil rights regarding bathroom use. “I think that was a real slight to the trans community, especially at this time when trans kids can’t even go to the bathroom in the United States of America at school. 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,” Arquette said.

Patricia Arquette Criticizes Oscars for Excluding Her Sister