Frances McDormand used her Oscars 2018 acceptance speech to honour her fellow female nominees.
The actor collected the award for Best Actress at the Hollywood ceremony tonight (March 4), for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Also nominated in the category were Meryl Streep (The Post), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), and Sally Hawkins (The Shape Of Water).
After picking up the trophy from Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster, McDormand said: “I’d be so honoured to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight. The filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographers, the composers, the songwriters, the designers – come on!”
Here’s what it looked like inside #Oscars when Frances McDormand asked all female nominees to stand. @AllisonBJanney @MargotRobbie embraced, Meryl Streep cheered and some in upper decks got on their feet. #inclusionrider. It was major moment. pic.twitter.com/ECgTniugeb
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Once the women who had been nominated for awards at the event were on their feet, McDormand addressed the rest of the room. “Okay, look around everybody! Look around, ladies and gentlemen! Because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.”
She closed her speech with “two words: inclusion rider”. The phrase refers to a clause in an actor’s contract that requires the cast and crew of a production to be diverse.
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Following her speech, host Jimmy Kimmel said: “I hope Frances McDormand gets an Emmy for the speech she gave at the Oscars.”
McDormand’s Three Billboards co-star Sam Rockwell was also triumphant at the Oscars 2018, picking up the award for Best Supporting Actor for his part in Martin McDonagh’s film.