–Actress Patricia Arquette, speaking with Vanity Fair after the 2017 Academy Awards. Arquette vented her frustration over her sister, Alexis Arquette, not appearing in the In Memoriam segment during Sunday night’s broadcast.
Arquette made the comments after praising Best Picture winner Moonlight, saying she was touched by “this beautiful story about a gay kid in America in a world that doesn’t accept gay people.”
Alexis Arquette passed away last year of complications due to HIV. Patricia Arquette criticized the Academy, who have yet to comment on the omission, for leaving her sister from the broadcast.
“We’re living in a time right now where trans kids can’t even go to the bathroom in schools and they’re diminished in society,” Arquette told Vanity Fair. “It’s really unfortunate that the Oscars decided they couldn’t show a trans person who was such an important person in this community. Because — trans kids — it could have meant a lot to them.”
These are challenging times for news organizations. And yet it’s crucial we stay active and provide vital resources and information to both our local readers and the world. So won’t you please take a moment and consider supporting Metro Weekly with a membership? For as little as $5 a month, you can help ensure Metro Weekly magazine and MetroWeekly.com remain free, viable resources as we provide the best, most diverse, culturally-resonant LGBTQ coverage in both the D.C. region and around the world. Memberships come with exclusive perks and discounts, your own personal digital delivery of each week’s magazine (and an archive), access to our Member's Lounge when it launches this fall, and exclusive members-only items like Metro Weekly Membership Mugs and Tote Bags! Check out all our membership levels here and please join us today!