Living legend Frances McDormand just took home the Oscar for Best Actress, for her work in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and as anticipated, Frances' acceptance speech became less of a list of thank yous and more of an inspiring call to action.
Setting down her statue, Frances asked every single nominated woman in the room to rise up and stand with her in accepting the award — if you didn't get goosebumps, you must not have been watching.
At the end of the speech, Frances threw the words "inclusion rider" out to the audience, which left viewers at home (and those not down with acting lingo) scratching their heads — but not for long. Below, the best bits from Frances' speech.
- "This is what Chloe Kim must have felt like after doing back-to-back 10-80s in the Olympic half -pipe, did you see that? Okay, that's what it feels like."
- "I want to thank Martin McDonagh. Look what you did. We are a bunch of hooligans, and anarchists, but we do clean up nice."
- "I want to thank every single person in this building, and my sister, Dorothy. I love you, Dot."
- "I especially want to thank my clan.
Joel and Pedro Coen, these two stalwart individuals were well-raised by their feminist mothers. They value themselves, each other and those around them. I know you are proud of me, and that fills me with everlasting joy."
- "Now, I want to give some perspective. If I may be so honoured to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight. The actors — Meryl, if you do it everyone else will — the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographers, the composers, the song writers, the designers. Come on!"
- "Okay, look around everybody, look around, ladies and gentleman 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 can still you all about them."
- "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentleman: inclusion rider."