With films like Get Out, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Coco winning Oscars, speeches on race, equity and inclusion are bound to happen. The 90th Academy Awards was a politically-charged show with presenters, winners and the hosts talking about the #MeToo movement, standing with the immigrants in Hollywood and calling out racism in Hollywood.
Let’s take a look at the inspiring speeches made at the Oscars this year:
Frances McDormand who won the Best Actress award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri vouched for the ‘inclusion rider’ referring a clause in an actor’s contract that demands diversity in the film’s cast and crew. With “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider,” she concluded her speech.
Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren who presented Gary Oldman with the Best Actor award reminisced about the changes that Hollywood has seen and the power of cinema.
“From the 1960s to the present we’ve experienced so many changes in politics, fashion, film, science and technology. And now between women and men.”
Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph were a hoot calling out Hollywood’s racism and marginalisation despite this being the most diverse year in the history of Academy Awards.
The creators of Coco, which won the Best Animation Film, spoke about why “representation matters” and why “marginalised people deserve to feel like they belong,” while Guillermo Del Toro, the director of The Shape of Water spoke about “erasing lines in the sand” because “that’s the greatest thing art does”.
And lastly, here’s Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue: