Frances McDormand won an expected Best Actress Oscar for her phenomenal performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and her subsequent acceptance speech stole most of the night's headlines.
McDormand started by placing her Oscar statue on the ground, before asking all the nominated women in the room to stand up for a round of applause. She ended her speech with a bombshell of a declaration: "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider."
Though this initially left many viewers baffled, it quickly emerged that McDormand was talking about the ability for high-profile actresses to request diversity on any productions they perform in, to ensure equal opportunities for women, persons of colour, the LGBT community and the disabled.
McDormand did herself and the industry a huge service by foregrounding this potential remedy to Hollywood's "inclusion crisis" on the biggest stage there is, but hopefully her plea won't just fall upon deaf ears.
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