After delivering one of the most memorable moments during last night's Academy Awards by asking every female nominee in every category to stand with her, Frances McDormand closed her acceptance speech for best actress with two words: "inclusion rider."
Riders are clauses that are added to contracts by and for talent during negotiations without changing the overall intent and arrangement of the contract. Often mentioned in the context of the crazy things celebrities require their dressing rooms and backstage areas to have, riders can also be used to demand fair representation, as McDormand found out just days ago.
"I just found out about this last week. There has always been available, to everybody that does a negotiation on a film, an inclusion rider," she said to reporters after her win last night. "Which means that you can ask for and/or demand at least fifty percent diversity in, not only the casting [of the film], but also the crew."
McDormand went on to say that efforts like the inclusion rider, if properly utilized, will end the talk of women and other groups "trending" and set them on a proper path for fair representation. Watch, below.
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