At the 90th annual Academy Awards, Frances McDormand won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of a grieving, wrathful mother in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. But she also won the unofficial prize for the night’s best speech, which—with #MeToo and #TimesUp continuing to ebb across Hollywood and other industries—urged all the women nominees across all the evening’s categories to stand up and be recognized.
Read her speech below, and read our piece on the timely gravity of Three Billboards here. Read Chatelaine’s explainer of inclusion riders, which McDormand called for, here.
Okay, so I’m hyperventilating a little bit. If I fall over, pick me up cause I’ve got some things to say.
So I think this is what Chloe Kim must have felt like after doing back-to-back 1080s in the Olympic halfpipe. 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. And I especially want to thank my clan, Joel and Pedro “McCoen.” 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.
And now I want to get 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, everybody else will, c’mon—the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographer, the composers, the songwriters, the designers. C’mon!
Best Actress winner Frances McDormand rallies the crowd. Presented by @ATT. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/6loAtYheKZ
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 5, 2018
Okay, look around everybody. Look around, ladies and gentlemen, 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, whatever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them.
I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.