11 Best Feminist Moments from the Oscars

Taylor Cromwell
MAKERS

One thing is for certain: We stand with Frances McDormand.

When the Best Actress winner asked all her fellow female nominees to rise up with her at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night, the actress was also sending a loud message to the industry.

"Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," said the lead actress of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

She then concluded her speech by saying: "I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentleman: inclusion rider."

90th Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 - Frances McDormand wins the Best Actress Oscar for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
90th Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 - Frances McDormand wins the Best Actress Oscar for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

McDormand was referring to a clause that an actor can add to his or her contract that dictates women and people of color will fill a certain percentage of the roles on a film project. First introduced by Stacy Smith, the founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, #InclusionRider became an instant social media trend and is now considered a new way of doing business that can—and should!—extend well beyond the industry.

The Oscar winner was not the only one with inclusion in mind at the Oscars. Here are more of the top feminist quotes from the 90th Academy Awards:

"I want people to know that this movement isn't stopping. We're going forward until we have an equitable and safe world for women" — Mira Sorvino

"This year many spoke their truth, and the journey ahead is long but slowly a new path has emerged." — Annabella Sciorra

"The changes we are witnessing is being driven by the powerful sound of new voices." — Ashley Judd

90th Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 - Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
90th Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 - Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

"We salute those unstoppable spirits who kicked ass and broke through the biased perceptions against their gender, their race, and ethnicity to tell their stories." — Salma Hayek

"We're working together to make sure that the next 90 years empower the limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion, intersectionality—that's what this year has promised us. " — Ashley Judd

"Now straight white dudes can watch movies starring me, and you relate to that—It's not that hard. I've done it my whole life." — Kumail Nanjiani

"There's nothing to be scared of. It's just equality!" — Sarah Silverman

"Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood, and dreams are the foundation of America. And so, to all the dreamers out there, we stand with you." — Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani

90th Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 - Presenters Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
90th Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 - Presenters Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

"It's a new day in Hollywood, with new challenges ahead for all of us. But none of us will ever forget those who came before us—those who blazed a trail for my generation and those to come." — Jennifer Lawrence

"With Coco, we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters." — Lee Unkrich

"These are times that will be long remembered. What will we be remembered for? What did we do?" — Ava DuVernay

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