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Lupe Ontiveros Shunned by Oscars

February 27, 2013

Rebecca Villaneda--HispanicBusiness

Lupe Ontiveros with Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.
Lupe Ontiveros with Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.

During the 2013 Oscar's annual in memoriam video montage, a celebrated Latina was blatantly missing -- Lupe Ontiveros.

The oversight was recognized by the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit, media advocacy and civil rights organization. The NHMC wrote an open letter to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences noting Ontiveros' absence.

Ontiveros, who died in July at age 69, appeared in such films as "The Goonies, "Selena," and "Real Women have Curves."

"We understand from the Lupe Ontiveros family that she wasn't a member of the Academy, hence her omission from the Oscars tribute. We also understand that Lupe Ontiveros applied, with the support of Miguel Sandoval and Edward James Olmos, to be a member of the Academy and that she was denied membership," reads the NHMC letter.

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"As the controversy of the Academy's omission of Lupe Ontiveros in the Oscars in Memoriam subsides, we ask that the Academy take a moment to pause and reflect on its commitment to the growing U.S. Latino talent," the NHMC said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Academy replied in a statment: "Lupe Ontiveros is among the many worthy artists we were unfortunately not able to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year's Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on"

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