AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF
THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES ARTS & SCIENCES
February 26, 2013
To the Members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences:
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. We want to know the reasons why Lupe Ontiveros was denied membership to the Academy.
It is astonishing that an actress of Ontiveros’ caliber and experience was denied membership to the Academy. Lupe worked in the entertainment industry for thirty five years, her film credits include: El Norte, The Goonies, Selena, Real Women Have Curves, As Good as it Gets, and Chuck & Buck.
President & CEO
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