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Frances McDormand's 'Inclusion Rider' Now Hollywood Buzzword

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Frances McDormand celebrates after winning the Oscar (on the stage at her feet, insert) for Best Actress in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 05 March 2018 11:35 AM

Frances McDormand made "inclusion rider" a Hollywood buzzword after the best actress winner emphasized the contract language calling for more diversity in front and behind the camera during her acceptance speech at Sunday's Academy Awards.

McDormand, who won the Oscar for her role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," first asked all of the female Academy Award nominees to stand, the Huffington Post reported.

"Look around, everybody," said McDormand, who won her first Oscar in 1997 for "Fargo." "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.”

"Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best, and we'll tell you all about them. I have two words to leave with you tonight. Ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider."

The Hollywood Reporter said Stacy Smith, director of University of Southern California Annenberg's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, had mentioned the contract language, what she called at the time an "equity rider," in a 2014 column in an effort to improve in the industry.

"What if A-list actors amended every contract with an equity rider? The clause would state that tertiary speaking characters should match the gender distribution of the setting for the film, as long as it's sensible for the plot," Smith wrote, per The Hollywood Reporter.

"If notable actors working across 25 top films in 2013 had made this change to their contracts, the proportion of balanced films (about half-female) would have jumped from 16 percent to 41 percent. Imagine the possibilities if a few actors exercised their power contractually on behalf of women and girls."

Whitney Cummings, creator of "2 Broke Girls" and "Whitney" added her explanation in a Twitter post on Sunday.

The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative tweeted its pleasure about McDarment's plug. The reaction to inclusion riders was mixed on social media.

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Frances McDormand made "inclusion rider" a Hollywood buzzword after the best actress winner emphasized the contract language calling for more diversity in front and behind the camera during her acceptance speech at Sunday's Academy Awards.
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