Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Oscar victor McDormand wants an inclusion rider

Oscar victor McDormand wants an inclusion rider

Frances McDormand's Best Actress acceptance speech at the Oscars on Sunday night had many clear messages about what she wanted Hollywood to do for women, and one cryptic one: "inclusion rider". Having examined the data on diversity in US-produced films, Smith discovered that casting was not representative of the population as a whole and proposed that the inclusion rider could be part of the solution. She then asked every single female nominee to stand up, prompting everyone in categories from cinematography to design and best actress nominee Meryl Streep to get to their feet while the audience in the Dolby Theatre cheered. The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, whose founder and director Stacy Smith first introduced the idea of the inclusion rider, quickly tweeted out an explanation for all those searching for it's meaning.

The well-dressed man's plan to sneak off with the statue was foiled, oddly, by Wolfgang Puck's photographer - who stopped the man, retrieved the Oscar and handed it back to a grateful McDormand.

You might have noticed Frances McDormand's laissez-faire approach to handling Oscar last night, particularly when she plopped the trophy onto the stage to deliver her rousing speech (which instantly became the ceremony's highlight).

A man was arrested and is accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscars trophy after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Los Angeles police said. But she demanded that if she fell over, the crowd should pick her up, because she had things to say. "Because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed".

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"Across the top 100 films of just a year ago, 48 films didn't feature one black or African-American speaking character, not one", Smith said in the talk.

What's an inclusion rider?

An "inclusion rider" is a legal terminology that Hollywood stars can have written into their contracts, to request "more diverse representation in background actors and extras", according to Fast Company. "Seventy films were devoid of Asian or Asian-American speaking characters that were girls or women". Imagine the possibilities if a few actors exercised their power contractually on behalf of women and girls. "I love ya, Dot".

"An equity rider by an A-lister in their contract can stipulate that those roles reflect the world in which we actually live", Smith during her TED Talk.

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