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'Selena' Actress

Family Pissed About

Oscars 'Memoriam' Snub

2/25/2013 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The family of "Selena" star Lupe Ontiveros is incredibly upset she was left out of last night's "In Memoriam" presentation at the Oscars ... despite appearing in dozens of major films over the past 30 years.

Ontiveros -- who passed away in July 2012 --  had roles in "Real Women Have Curves", "As Good as it Gets", and "The Goonies" ... but is best known for her role as Yolanda Saldivar, the woman who murdered Selena.

Ontiveros' son Elias tells TMZ ... the whole family gathered to watch the awards show -- and was "disappointed" Lupe wasn't given her proper due -- especially considering some lesser-known people were honored over his mom.

You'll recall, George Clooney did warn some artists might be left out when introducing the tribute, saying, "For for those friends who are on this list tonight, and many others who aren't, we thank you for the memories."

Other celebs snubbed along with Ontiveros -- Andy Griffith, director Gore Vidal, Sherman Hemsley, athlete-turned-actor Alex Karras, and Sylvia Kristel.

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Parker    

Sorry, but there were more famous and better actors not recognized either....I only know her crom the Selena Movie and nothing else...also this was not the latin oscars!

512 days ago
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john johnson    

conrad bain ( who was in movies as well as tv shows) was also left off, the academy sucks.

512 days ago
18.

eicarr     

These people made no major contribution to the movie industry.

512 days ago
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Paulina1982    

R.I.P Lupe I've seen all her movies ..she's a very talented in her own right. Some of her movies are better than some of the Snoby actors from last night

512 days ago
20.

LizzieBlueEyes    

I couldn't believe they left out Andy Griffith! ANOTHER huge mistake last night. Forget the others, Andy was a HUGE American icon and has been for decades. Just for Face in the Crowd alone, he should have been remembered.

512 days ago
21.

Mrugowsky    

Honestly this lady was pretty obscure. Her family shouldn't be offended.

512 days ago
22.

Jane    

These actors could have been included if they had cut some of the lame jokes out the program.

512 days ago
23.

Iris Myandowski    

they could have JUST as easily snipped down the 3-5 seconds they lingered on each person to include the actors they missed, they seem to do this every year - linger on some and neglect some. I think it's more respectful to include all at the expense of 1 second less on sound bites from industry folk or even an extra long version of "Memories" ... heck they could have switched back to the screen while she sang and included the rest

512 days ago
24.

carol    

if I were the Hispanic maid (Lupe played maids) for the Oscar Producer&Director, I would wash his toilet with his toothbrush....

512 days ago
25.

Spicy mag    

The oscars don't care about dead tv stars or Hispanics,

512 days ago
26.

Throwback kid    

They did this to one of our greatest stars a few years ago Corey Haim. Despite starring in Lucas, License to Drive and the Lost Boys he was snubbed in the memorium tribute. And you wonder why his best friend Corey Feldman turned his back on Hollywood and stopped making films? when you mess with Haim you mess with Feldman!

512 days ago
27.

TT    

I recognize several of the names TMZ mention and didn't know some of the names they paid tribute to. I do find it odd they prefer to recognize some unknown names over those we know. Bad policy by Oscars doing so.

512 days ago
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But_I'm_not_Wrong    

Andy Grifith and Sherman Helmsley are TV stars. They would be recognized on the Emmys.... But Lupe Ontiveros was a film actress. they should have included her.

512 days ago
29.

It'sT-WeezyBitch    

I can't believe that they left out Andy Griffith!!!! That is such a crock of ****! Everyone knows who Andy Griffith was!! The Andy Griffith Show is a classic!! Everyone knows the theme song! And Matlock! Come on now!! Really ridiculous! I won't watch the Oscar's anymore!!

512 days ago
30.

Gina    

How could they have not added Andy Griffeth? WE still watch reruns of his show and it's still funny. He is deepley missed.

512 days ago
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