Photo: Lupe Ontiveros
The National Hispanic Media Coalition complained Tuesday, in a letter to the organization responsible for awarding the Oscars, about actress Lupe Ontiveros not being included on its list of artists who died in 2012.
In an open letter to members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, NHMC President Alex Nogales also slammed the Academy for having refused to grant her membership.
Nogales wrote “on behalf of the thousands of Lupe Ontiveros fans indignant of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ neglect to include” her in the Oscars’ “In Memoriam” segment of Sunday’s gala.
The actress died last July.
Recalling that her family said that Ontiveros was not a member of the Academy, Nogales asked in his letter that AMPAS explain why she was refused membership even though she had applied for it with the sponsorship of actors Miguel Sandoval and Edward James Olmos.
“It is astonishing that an actress of Ontiveros’ caliber and experience was denied membership to the Academy,” Nogales said.
NHMC noted in its letter the work Ontiveros had done in a career that spanned over 35 years, and mentioned her roles in movies like “El Norte,” “The Goonies,” “Selena,” “Real Women Have Curves,” “As Good as it Gets” and “Chuck & Buck.”
“(W)e ask that the Academy take a moment to pause and reflect on its commitment to the growing U.S. Latino talent,” Nogales concluded.