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Inclusion Rider: Frances McDormand's Oscars 2018 Best Actress speech explained

The three Billboards star capped her empowering speech with a term that left viewers confused

Jacob Stolworthy
Monday 05 March 2018 08:26
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Oscars 2018: Frances McDormand uses acceptance speech to demand inclusion rider from Hollywood

Frances McDormand capped her empowering Best Actress Oscars winner's speech with a term that's left many confused.

After inviting every female nominee in the room to join her in standing, McDormand called for more female representation in film stating: “I have two words to say: Inclusion Rider.”

Several viewers, while praising Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star McDormand's speech, expressed their confusion over the term on Twitter.

It turns out that 'inclusion rider' actually means when a cast and crew make it a required part of their contract to hire a diverse crew around them.

Despite winning big at the Golden Globes and the Baftas, Martin McDonagh's drama Three Billboards failed to capitalise at the Oscars winning just two awards (McDormand and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell).

The evening's biggest winner was The Shape of Water which won four awards - including Best Director Guillermo del Toro and Dunkirk which took home three of the technical awards including Best Editing.

Ahead of del Toro's acceptance speech, category presenter Emma Stone repeated Natalie Portman's killer Golden Globes jab by highlighting the fact that four nominees were male while just one was female (Lady Bird filmmaker Greta Gerwig)

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the ceremony kicking things off with a rather safe opening monologue which poked fun at Harvey Weinstein and Mike Pence.

You can find a full list of all 24 winners here.

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