Inclusion riders, surprise movie trips, and Timothée Chalamet’s face: the biggest talking points from the Oscars 2018

All the action from the year's big film event

All the envelopes have been opened correctly, all the little gold statues have found a new home. The Oscars is over for another year, leaving us with plenty to dissect and argue about. This year’s event might not have been the most unpredictable in the Academy Awards’ history, but there was still plenty of action. Recap the biggest talking points below.

What’s an inclusion rider?

Frances McDormand’s acceptance speech for Best Actress ended with two words that had everyone hurriedly running to Google: inclusion rider. That, my friends, is a clause inserted into a contract that asserts the cast and crew of a production must promote diversity and equality. If the studio doesn’t comply, whoever’s contract the clause is in has the legal right to pull out of their obligations. A powerful move, and a powerful phrase for the actor to mic drop on after her big win.

Emma Stone followed Natalie Portman’s Golden Globes lead


You might remember that Natalie Portman delivered one of the most iconic lines in recent awards ceremony memory at the Golden Globes in January. Tasked with introducing a female-free Best Director category, she announced: “Here are the all-male nominees.”

Emma Stone was given the same category at the Oscars tonight, and she picked up the baton from Natalie. “These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year,” she declared as the room went wild. Preach.

Some of Hollywood’s biggest names surprised an LA cinema audience

Last year, host Jimmy Kimmel brought a bus-load of tourists into the Dolby Theatre to mingle with the stars (remember viral hero Gary from Chicago?). This year, he took the stars to the public, enlisting Gal Gadot, Emily Blunt, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Ansel Elgort, Margot Robbie, and more to take a trip with him to the TCL Chinese Theatre a couple of buildings down the street from the ceremony.

Once there, the gang surprised cinema-goers watching a preview of A Wrinkle In Time with sweets, sandwiches, and two hot dog cannons. It wasn’t quite as cute as last year, but it was still a nice, fun gesture.

Matt Damon was still the butt of the joke


Another joke Jimmy reprised from last year’s gig was his constant bashing of Matt Damon. The actor got off lighter at tonight’s bash, but he definitely didn’t get off scot free. After a montage of military movies, the host told the crowd: “On behalf of the Academy, I want to apologise to our great US military – the men and women here and overseas – for including Matt Damon in that montage. You deserve better than that, you really do.”

The actor might have thought he was safe at the end of the awards, but Jimmy had other ideas. As the cast of The Shape Of Water were celebrating around him, he looked at the camera and issued another apology: “Apologies to Matt Damon, we’ve run out of time for him.”

Biggest look of the night: Timothée Chalamet’s face

And we don’t mean his actual face. Call Me By Your Name screenwriter (and now Oscar winner) James Ivory turned up to Hollywood Boulevard tonight wearing a shirt with the film’s star sketched on it. Designed by artist Andrew Mania, it’s a subtle nod to the Matisse shirt Timothée’s character Elio wears in the closing scenes of the movie, and it’s a very big look.

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ screenwriter James Ivory

Time’s Up’s segment was funny and inspiring

There was no planned, uniform protest for Time’s Up at the Oscars as there was at the Golden Globes. Organisers of the movement said they were “standing down” from action because they didn’t want to the group to be seen as just an awards show gimmick. Instead, stars wore pins of their own accord, and started the conversation on their own.

There was one premeditated moment for the organisation, though. Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd, and Annabella Sciorra united for a speech, before introducing a video that pushed the importance of representation. It featured the likes of Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay and Kumail Nanjiani talking about the feeling of seeing people like them on screen or behind the camera, and the effect that can have.