Inclusion riders in spotlight after Oscar winner's speech

What's an Inclusion Rider? Frances McDormand Asks Women to Demand Them During Best Actress Speech

"I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider", McDormand said, concluding her powerful acceptance speech for winning the best actress Oscar.

Frances McDormand reportedly had her Oscar temporarily stolen last night (March 4) after a man allegedly picked up her award and attempted to run away with it.

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.

An inclusion rider, also known as an equity clause, is a clause added to a star's contract that requires the film to hire a cast and crew that reaches a minimum level of diversity.

Acknowledging that pushes for diversity have been treated as fads in Hollywood with no lasting effects, [McDormand told the Times]: "The whole idea of women trending?"

With Jordan Peele becoming the first ever African-American recipient of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, this year's Oscars made history but Peele's win wasn't the only milestone.

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So what is an "inclusion rider" and what did McDormand mean by it? Whether or not actors, actresses or filmmakers will start requesting and/or demanding inclusion riders in their contracts from this day forward remains to be seen, but it most certainly could open the door for a lot more diversity, both in front of and behind the camera. "Right? Power in rules". "Because I've got some things to say".

Before gathering in each other's arms, Frances paid tributes to her fellow actresses in the middle of her acceptance speech by asking them to stand up for a round of applause.

In Three Billboards, McDormand played Mildred Hayes, a hardened woman seeking justice for her daughter's murder in the crime drama. Her reaction to finding her lost award is nearly as brilliant as her speech.

"We're going to be one of the small industries that try to make a difference", McDormand said. She floated the idea of inclusion riders at a TED conference in 2016, at which she presented a slew of "really depressing" facts about gender inequality in film.

And with those words, McDormand was setting the agenda for Hollywood in the post-Me Too era.

"OK everybody, look around because we all have stories to tell and projects to finance". "We got it tonight, baby".

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