Frances McDormand Gives Another Great Feminist Speech at the Crystal + Lucy Awards

IndieWire | 6/14/2018 | Staff
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Frances McDormand introduced household audiences to the term “inclusion rider” during her instantly iconic Oscar acceptance speech this spring. At Wednesday night’s Crystal + Lucy Awards, the “Fargo” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star explained the origins of her very public plea to Hollywood.

“I’m an actor, and a producer, but I have more experience as an actor, and this is one of the reasons why I should not be allowed to improvise,” she told the crowd at the Beverly Hilton for Women in Film, Los Angeles’ annual gala fundraiser. McDormand credited UTA agent Blair Kohan for the reference; two nights before the Academy Awards, the women sat next to each other at a party and the exec asked if the actress had heard of inclusion riders.

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“I have been vaguely aware of and completely intrigued by the series of USC Annenberg studies on gender parity in film and television, which were commissioned by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute,” McDormand said. “But I didn’t know that the author of the studies had taken the next step and created an actual working legal tool.”

Cut to the standing ovation she received at the Oscars. “In the excitement of having all those women rise to their feet and stand with me in that room, I got flustered, and I improvised, and I said” — here, she and outgoing Women in Film president Cathy Schulman held up matching red strips of paper that each spelled out “Inclusion Rider” in black letters; McDormand even turned around and stretched her banner across her butt.

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“Little did I know. Now I know a lot more. And I’m here tonight to take some responsibility for my actions, and to restate a call to action. If I may use a sporting metaphor: if you want to...
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