People were full of praise for Frances McDormand after her Oscars speech

Irene MckinneyMar 06, 2018

She asked every single female nominee in the room to stand in solidarity and then told the crowd that women have stories to tell.

McDormand's publicist Simon Halls told the Associated Press: "After some brief time apart, Frances and her Oscar were happily reunited. C'mon!" she said. But the real message followed.

McDormand won the best actress award for her performance as a grieving mother in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri". "Meryl (Streep), if you do it, everybody else will, come on", McDormand said. She was also spotted frantically searching for it alongside her husband, filmmaker Joel Coen.

Merriam-Webster tweeted that "inclusion" was the dictionary website's "top search on the night", followed by "cinematography", "in memoriam", "feminism" and "rider".

"Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects that need financing", declared Frances McDormand after asking all the women in the Dolby theatre to stand up.

"Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight", she continued.

In an interview after the Oscars ceremony, McDormand said she had only heard of the inclusion rider last week after 35 years in the business.

Her acceptance speech for the Oscar, which she won for her role in the film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", was a rousing one.

The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California explained the concept in a December 2017 paper.

She added: "The typical feature film has about 40 to 45 speaking characters in it". She said that Hollywood A-listers could stipulate in their contracts that minor roles be cast to reflect demographics of the real world. Smith believes that the inclusion rider would set the benchmark for diversity in staffing in upcoming days.

Support for McDormand's rallying call poured in on social media, including from the Twitter handle inspired by her words.

In reaction to McDormand's speech, the 2016 best actress Oscar victor Brie Larson tweeted: "I'm committed to the Inclusion Rider". So, the whole idea of women 'trending, ' no. African-Americans 'trending, ' no, no trending, it changes now.

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