BEVERLY HILLS — Oscar winning actress Patricia Arquette — who criticized the Academy Awards last month when her late transgender sister, Alexis, was not included in the In Memoriam tribute — will be recognized next month at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, GLAAD announced today.
Arquette, 48, who has been an advocate for marriage and transgender equality, will receive GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, which is given to people who “have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people,” according to a GLAAD statement. Previous honorees include Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Taylor, Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas and Drew Barrymore.
Arquette won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2015 for her work in “Boyhood.”
“Patricia Arquette embodies the critical voice needed during these times to resist against injustice and discrimination across a range of issues,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a press statement. “She is a beacon of light who has consistently used her platform to advance equality across marginalized groups and to drive culture-changing conversations that move acceptance forward.”
The event will take place April 1 at the Beverly Hilton.
Jussie Smollett will lead a special tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting massacre that will include a performance by Cynthia Erivo.
The media awards include 115 nominees in 21 English-language categories and 41 Spanish-language nominees in 11 categories.
The media awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that impact their lives.