Frances McDormand’s Speech Is Oscars’ Feminist Moment
It’s our favourite time of the year again: Oscars. And we always look for the best feminist moments at the function, and there were many at this year’s ceremony.
Our favourite moment was when Frances McDormand won the Best Actress award for her performance as Mildred Hayes in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
At the end of her acceptance speech, McDormand invited every single nominated woman in the room to stand.
“And now I want to get some perspective. If I may be so honored as to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight, the actors — Meryl, if you do it everybody else will, come on — the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographer, the composers, the songwriters, the designers, come on! OK, look around everybody, look around ladies and gentlemen.”
“Because we all have stories to tell and projects that need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best. And we’ll tell you all about them. I have two words to leave with you tonight. Ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider,” she said
So what is an inclusion rider?
An inclusion rider is actually a contract stipulation that would require sets to be inclusive and diverse.
With this win, McDormand gets her second Oscar. She also won an award at the Golden Globes, where she supported the #TimesUp movement.
“Trust me,” she said. “The women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work.”
And of course, Twitter is loving her speech. Here’s a few reactions from the Twitterati:
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) March 5, 2018
"If I may be so honoured to have all the female nominees stand with me tonight… We all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. I have two words to leave with you tonight: inclusion rider." #FrancesMcDormand #ThreeBillboards #Oscars pic.twitter.com/6nJi87hePv
— Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) March 5, 2018
— TIME'S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) March 5, 2018
Picture Credit: Ny Daily News