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Frances McDormand Raises The Flag For All Female Nominees At The Oscars

Date March 7, 2018 16:26

Competition for the Best Actress award at the Oscars this year was pretty steep. Frances McDormand was in the running for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. And as the fates would have it, she won.

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This is the second time the 60-year-old actor has won the award. In 1996, she won the award for her performance in Fargo.

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In all, McDormand has been nominated for five Academy Awards. She also picked the same prize at the Bafta Awards and the Golden Globes.

Epic thank you speech

It is the season of speeches, and McDormand did not disappoint. She started off thanking her director Martin McDonagh and her sister. She also thanked her loving husband Joel Coen and their son Pedro.

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Then, McDormand did something nobody was expecting. After setting her statuette on the floor, she asked all the female nominees in the audience to stand up. She even singled out Meryl Streep, saying that if Streep stood, everyone else would.

...we all have stories to tell and projects we 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.

The applause was deafening. McDormand made it clear that women in Hollywood need more support and respect.

What was she really on about?

The “inclusion rider” clause can be inserted by actors into their contracts. It requires filmmakers to ensure a certain degree of diversity in their cast and crew. Activist Stacy Smith first broached the subject in a 2016 TED talk. And now, McDormand is lending her star power to the cause.

An “inclusion rider” will accommodate the engagement of locals in the demography of film locations. In addition, it further supports gender and racial parity in the industry.

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