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What Frances McDormand meant by saying ‘Inclusion Rider’ at the end of her Oscars speech

Best Actress winner Frances McDormand ended her Oscars speech tonight by saying two words: ‘Inclusion Rider.’ An explanation via NY Times: It’s the idea that A-list actors have the ability to stipulate in their contracts that diversity be reflected both onscreen and in “below the line” positions, where women, people of color, and members of LGBT communities are traditionally underrepresented. A typical inclusion rider would set benchmarks for diversity in staffing. It could require the cast be 50% female, 40% underrepresented ethnic groups, 20% people with disabilities, and 5% LGBT people. The idea would be to ensure the world onscreen looks like the world in which we live.

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  1. Frances is such a fun, amazing woman. So happy she’s now a double Oscar winner; very well deserved!

    I just loved the ribbing of Meryl Streep by Jodie and Jennifer. It was hilarious! Meryl is so beloved….and, lucky me, I love Meryl, Frances, Jodie, and Jennifer! I also was in awe of seeing Eva Marie Saint at age 93! She is so elegant.

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