Frances McDormand's Oscar stolen (and returned)

Mar 06, 2018, 01:19
Frances McDormand's Oscar stolen (and returned)

Frances McDormand won the best actress Oscar on Sunday for playing an angry woman seeking justice in the dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri". One policy that helps raise diversity in Hollywood is the inclusion rider. Often mentioned in the context of the insane things celebrities require their dressing rooms and backstage areas to have, riders can also be used to demand fair representation, as McDormand found out just days ago.

She added: "The fact that we - that I - just learned that after 35 years of being in the film business".

Many people are wondering what an Inclusion Rider is after Frances McDormand's impassioned speech at last night's Oscars ceremony.

An inclusion rider is a clause that an actor can insist be inserted in their contract that requires cast and crew on a film to meet a certain level of diversity. She ended her statement by passionately declaring: "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider".

We'd love to ask Chloe Kim which felt better: winning gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics last month or the shout-out she received from Best Actress victor Frances McDormand during her acceptance speech at Sunday's Oscars.


"And now I'd like to get some perspective", McDormand announced after earning her Oscar for best actress in the cutting drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, while placing her statuette on the floor with a little tap to its head. Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need to be financed.

The news of the Oscar theft first hit social media after New York Times culture reporter Cara Buckley tweeted a photo of Bryant, writing that he was stopped by Wolfgang Puck's photographer, who got the Oscar back. No trending. African Americans trending, no.

An inclusion rider is created to "ensure equitable hiring in supportive roles for women, POC, the LGBT community, & people w/disabilities", tweeted the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which studies diversity and inclusion in entertainment.

"There's no reason why those minor roles can't match or reflect the demography of where the story is taking place", Smith said.

After McDormand's speech last night, it is safe to say that inclusion riders will now be a bigger part of the conversation around films going forward.