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90th Annual Academy Awards, Press Room, Los Angeles, USA - 04 Mar 2018
Frances McDormand, 60, triumphed at this years Oscars, giving an impassioned acceptance speech, all while wearing not one drop of makeup.
Frances has won the hearts of fans and critics in her role as Mildred Hayes, the grieving mother searching for justice in Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.
On Sunday, she won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and gave a rousing acceptance speech, which called for more opportunities for women in film.
Frances began her speech by thanking her husband, filmmaker Joel Coen, and their son Pedro. She then continued, “If I may be so honoured, to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight.
As the women in the crowd slowly began to rise, Frances exclaimed to her fellow Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep – “If you do it everybody else will, come on!”
Gesturing towards all the women now standing, she continued,
“Look around ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed
“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.”
She then finished her speech by leaving everyone with two words – “Inclusion. Rider.”
To those outside of the film industry, an inclusion rider might not be a familiar thing. There were 7,000 Google searches for the term in the 20 minutes after her speech, and Frances herself admits to only having heard of it very recently.
What is an inclusion rider?
Director Whitney Cummings explains it very well on social media: ‘an inclusion rider is something that actors put in their contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets.’
Nobody could ever accuse Frances McDormand of going with the tide.
Throughout the awards season, she has stayed refreshingly true to herself, attending every awards ceremony completely bare faced, with her short grey hair tousled.
In a sea of #TimesUp black at last months BAFTAs, her dress featured hot pink lipsticks.
She admitted in her speech that night that she has “a problem with compliance”. But she was crystal clear in her stance -“I stand with my sisters in solidarity.”