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What Does "Inclusion Rider" Mean? Frances McDormand's 2018 Oscars Speech Was Powerful


The 90th Academy Awards is truly a night for the books. As the night comes to a close, Frances McDormand took home the Oscar for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and her speech was incredible. So what does "inclusion rider" mean? Here's a lesson for you.

The term "inclusion rider" is likely referring to a clause in an actor's contract that requires for a movie's cast and background crew to represent a diverse community in order to keep the lead actor and actress. As conversations such as Time's Up and #MeToo continue to circle around the Hollywood industry, discussions of diversity and representation are more important than ever. Clearly McDormand agrees.

Once she'd secured her Oscar for Best Lead Actress, McDormand took the stage with shaky hands. In her speech, she not only noted that the strength of her male companions due their being raised by feminist mothers, but McDormand shocked everyone in the audience when she asked every nominated woman to stand in solidarity.

"If I may be so honored," McDormand began. "To have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight."

To see these strong, successful women stand in support of one another is truly what the Oscars are all about.

Watch for yourself and weep.

Following that touching moment, McDormand delivered the ultimate Oscar speech mic drop when she not only shed spotlight on these women, but left the whole room shook in a powerful moment.

She said in her speech,

Boom. 'Nuff said.

Also, just in case we weren't already fully on the Frances McDormand bandwagon, she urged fellow female nominees to stand and be recognized by the crowd. (She also called on Meryl Streep to help lead the charge, saying "Meryl if you do it so will everyone else.")


So while everyone might be abuzz with the Oscar winners of the night, it looks like McDormand's speech might have piqued a few people's interest into doing some research. According to Merriam-Webster's Twitter page, the word "inclusion" is the most searched word of the night. Other words including "cinematography," "in memoriam," "feminism," and "rider" were also among the top searches.

For those who aren't familiar with the term, we've got you covered so you can freshen up on some of Hollywood's more obscure terminology. As Merriam-Webster notes, a rider is "an addition to a document (such as an insurance policy) often attached on a separate piece of paper," or "a clause appended to a legislative bill to secure a usually distinct object." So basically, it's an addition to a contract which adds on another requirement. It makes sense that McDormand would call for Hollywood's A-listers to consider it.

Renowned scholar and Professor of Policing Equity at John Jay College Phillip Atiba Goff took to his page to share some knowledge.

As did actress and comedian Whitney Cummings.

For an even more in-depth look, TED Talk speaker Stacy Smith also has delivered an iconic Ted Talk in Oct. 2016 where she discussed sexism plaguing Hollywood. For those wanting to learn more gender discrimination in Hollywood, and read up on what exactly an inclusion rider is, this covers it all.

TED on YouTube

So not only did McDormand land herself a second Oscar, but she's literally making people study on a weekend. Absolutely incredible.

The 90th Academy Awards was a great night, but it was the subtle mentions of movements such as Time's Up that truly made this night so inspiring for audiences. What began on Jan. 7 at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards has turned into a fight that demands gender equality and inclusivity among communities.

Since Time's Up emerged at the Golden Globes, it's been referenced at other star studded events such as the Grammys and BAFTAs. Because sexism and gender discrimination doesn't fly with us no matter what the industry.

Congratulations Frances! You're truly an inspiration to us all.