Watch Frances McDormand's Powerful Best Actress Oscars Acceptance Speech

by Wade Massey March 6, 2018, 1:21
Watch Frances McDormand's Powerful Best Actress Oscars Acceptance Speech

Frances McDormand has been reunited with her Oscar after it was stolen from her table inside the Governors Ball after-party, where she was celebrating her second career best actress win for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Essentially, if A-list actors choose to add inclusion riders to their contracts on a regular basis going forward, we could soon see, theoretically anyway, a solution for Hollywood's historically notorious diversity issues. Often mentioned in the context of the insane things celebrities require their dressing rooms and backstage areas to have, riders can also be used to demand fair representation, as McDormand found out just days ago.

We can all agree that Frances McDormand's acceptance speech for Best Actress stole the show at last night's Oscars ceremony.

After swiping the trophy from the "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" star's table, Terry Bryant, 47, posted a almost three-minute video of himself boasting about his "win" for "music".

When Frances McDormand capped her Oscar acceptance speech with a rousing call for inclusion riders, the general reaction was more "huh?" than "hooray!"

"I'm hyperventilating a little bit - if I fall over pick me up, because I've got some things to say", McDormand told the star-studded audience. Acknowledging that pushes for diversity have been treated as fads in Hollywood with no lasting effects, she said: "The whole idea of women trending?" No trending. It changes now, and I think the inclusion rider will have something to do with that. "African Americans, trending? No, no trending". "We all have stories to tell and projects that need financing". "The clause would state that tertiary speaking characters should match the gender distribution of the setting for the film, as long as it's sensible for the plot", Stacy wrote. "I think the inclusion rider will have something to do with that", the actress said at the backstage interview.

If a movie studio fails to adhere to an "inclusion rider" on a production, it could be in breach of contract, Fast Company reports. Smith's main suggestions include adding five female speaking roles, adopting the NFL's Rooney Rule (which is used in considering people of color for National Football League head-coaching positions), and making it a contractual obligation for movies to diversify their casts to match their settings' demographics.

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