Frances McDormand Explains the Meaning of 'Inclusion Rider' After Her Oscars Win

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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.

Backstage in the press room, almost everyone around me, including myself, scratched their heads and said something to the effect of, "What is that?"

So what's an inclusion rider?

The phrase immediately started trending on Twitter. Not surprisingly, the topic came up.

Merriam-Webster tweeted that "inclusion" was the dictionary website's "top search on the night", followed by "cinematography", "in memoriam", "feminism" and "rider".

- Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) March 5, 2018For the non-film contract fluent folks, Frances McDormand closed with "inclusion rider", likely meaning put diversity requirements in your contract about the other crew/artist positions throughout a film you attach yourself to. "I just found out about this last week", the actress told reporters. Acknowledging that pushes for diversity have been treated as fads in Hollywood with no lasting effects, she said: "The whole idea of women trending?" No trending. African-Americans trending - no trending. "Right? Power in rules".

How do inclusion riders work?

University of Southern California professor Stacy Smith mentioned the idea in a 2016 talk on the lack of diversity in the film industry.

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"What if A-list actors amended every contract with an equity rider?", she said.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards could look a lot different, and that's a very good thing.

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.

"We knew this had to take off at some point", said Kotagel.

McDormand, the 60-year-old oddball of this year's best actress category, has ventured through awards season almost undefeated.

"I want to thank Martin McDonagh, look what you did".

And with those words, McDormand was setting the agenda for Hollywood in the post-Me Too era. Even after years of winning awards, she sure delivers in her acceptance speeches.

McDormand then called to her fellow female Oscar nominees to stand with her during her acceptance speech. "But I think publicly as a commercial, because that's what we are, this is not a-this is not-this is not a novel", she said.

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