Frances McDormand speaks up for women

Hollywood, Frances McDormand wants you to ante up.

The actress took home the Oscar for best actress for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and used her acceptance speech to do something special.

“If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees in categories stand with me tonight, the actors, the filmmakers, the directors, the producers, the writers, the cinematographers, the composers, the designers,” McDormand said, inviting the nominated women in the audience to rise from their seats.

She then made a plea to studios and producers.

“We all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” McDormand said. “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, whatever suits you best and we’ll tell you all about them.”

McDormand concluded her speech with a reference to entertainment industry contract requirements to establish gender and racial diversity on projects.

“I have two words to leave you with tonight,” McDormand said. “Inclusion rider.”

The 90th Academy Awards wrapped an awards season punctuated by conversations about the treatment of women in the workplace, pay disparity and sexual misconduct.

McDormand is well known for her politically charged speeches and was even unnecessarily censored during her acceptance speech at this year’s Golden Globes.

Jimmy Kimmel's 5 best Oscar jokes
'The Shape of Water' concludes award season hot streak with best picture win

Leave a Reply