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Frances McDormand singles out women during Oscars broadcast

Frances McDormand singles out women during Oscars broadcast

Before Sunday, critics had been advising McDormand to draft her Oscars acceptance speech since the audience clapped and chortled their way through the "Three Billboards" world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.

Frances McDormand accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at the Oscars, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

But McDormand's, though more insider talk, is an extremely important power play when increasing the gender and race equality in Hollywood going forward.

"I have two words to tell you all tonight - inclusion, rider".

We Googled it too and discovered that an "inclusion rider" is a clause that actors can insist be included in their contracts which ensures the cast and crew on a film meet a certain level of diversity. Whether it's a little-known secret that's been around for years or a relatively new kind of negotiation is not totally clear. "We're making five times what we asked for", said Spencer.

"Across the top 100 films of just past year, 48 films didn't feature one black or African-American speaking character, not one", she said.

McDormand, who has appeared in nine films by the Coen brothers, has often joked that she does not see herself as a movie star, despite having appeared in 41 films spanning four decades. "And so, the fact that I just learned that after 35 years of being in the film business?"

Like the actress herself, we weren't sure what to expect from McDormand's speech. But she wasn't about to let the moment pass without sharing it with her comrades.

She then made a plea to studios and producers.

Smith said she had worked with attorneys to create specific contract language and has already been in touch with numerous actors interested in the idea. No trending. It changes now. "I think this is what Chloe Kim must've felt like after doing back-to-back 1080s in the Olympic half-pipe".

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