In an Oscar ceremony with few surprises, Sunday’s 90th annual Academy Awards may be best remembered for bringing a new term into the public consciousness.
“We all now know what ‘inclusion rider’ means,” Hollywood Life editor-in-chief Bonnie Fuller told Cheddar Monday.
The new buzz term, mentioned by Best Actress winner Frances McDormand in her acceptance speech, refers to when top-tier celebrities ask, or sometimes demand, that a movie’s cast and crew are diverse. Adding one to a contract could help ensure women and minorities are better represented on set.
McDormand, who won for her work on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” also encouraged media companies to fund female led projects.
“I loved how she got up there … and then she put her Oscar down on the floor, and then she delivered a powerful speech, asking all of the women to rise up and to get projects and to be acknowledged for all of their creative ideas,” Fuller told Cheddar. “I also love how all of the other actresses who’ve been nominated for Best Actress then had a group hug. That’s never happened before.”
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