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EXCLUSIVE: Patricia Arquette Calls Alexis’ Oscars 'In Memoriam' Snub ‘a Real Slight to the Trans Community’

by Jackie Willis 12:45 PM PST, February 27, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Patricia Arquette Calls Alexis’ Oscars 'In Memoriam' Snub ‘a Real Slight to the Trans Community’

Patricia Arquette was disappointed to find that her sister, Alexis, was not recognized in the In Memoriam portion of the 89th Academy Awards.

The Oscar-winning actress spoke with ET's Carly Steel at Vanity Fair's Oscars after-party on Sunday night about Alexis -- who died on Sept. 11 at 47-- being snubbed at the awards show. "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," Patricia said of her sibling. "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."

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"Trans kids can really never look at anyone and see their heroes, and I think that was a big mistake," the 48-year-old actress continued.

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That being said, Patricia added that she was "not surprised" at the snub. "The reality is, trans people are ignored all the time in our culture and our community. They have their civil rights taken away," she said. "They're a very disrespected community."

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While Patricia was upset over her sister not being acknowledged at the Oscars, Australian producer Jan Chapman was accidentally featured during the In Memoriam segment.

Janet Patterson, a costume designer, died in October 2016, but it was Jan’s face that erroneously appeared with Janet’s name. Here's a look at the In Memoriam:

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