Oscars 2018: Frances McDormand honors all female nominees in acceptance speech and brings attention to 'inclusion riders'

Frances McDormand received the Academy Award for the Best Actress for her role in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,' and during her acceptance speech, she asked all the female nominees to stand to highlight the dearth of representation in film and brought attention to diversity clauses called inclusion riders in contracts.

Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. (Source: Pinterest)

The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role was given to McDormand for her role as Mildred Hayes, a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter, in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.' The same film received seven nominations at the awards, with McDormand and supporting actor Sam Rockwell taking home Oscars.

Toward the end of her acceptance speech, McDormand praised her husband and adopted son, Joel Coen and Pedro McDormand Coen, calling them "stalwart individuals [who were] well raised by their feminist mothers. She then said, "And now, I want to get some perspective." She put her award on the floor, and said, "If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight."

She began to list the categories nominated, "The actors," adding "Meryl [Streep] if you do it, everybody else will," before continuing, "the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographers, the composers, the songwriters, the designers, come on!"

There was applause as all the female nominees stood up one by one, a fraction of the audience in the packed room, and McDormand said, "Okay, look around everybody, look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed." She added, "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."

McDormand ended her speech with a mysterious phrase, "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider." The phrase left viewers puzzled and scratching their heads, with some users taking to Twitter to explain what the term meant.

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