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Frances McDormand took home another best actress win for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri during Sunday’s 90th annual Academy Awards.
The actress beat out Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) and Meryl Streep (The Post).
“So I’m hyperventilating a little bit,” McDormand was quick to joke when first beginning her acceptance speech. After thanking her loved ones, the actress explained that she wanted to gain perspective, as she then powerfully acknowledged the female nominees in the arena, asking each of them to stand with her.
“Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days — or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best — and we’ll tell you all about them,” McDormand said. “We all have stories to tell and projects we need to finance. I have two words to leave with you tonight: inclusion rider.” The actress’s last words made reference to the belief that there should be requirements in contracts that provide for gender and racial diversity.
After her win, Call Me by Your Name’s Timothee Chalamet posted a photo of the four remaining nominees (Hawkins, Robbie, Ronan and Streep) in a group hug.
McDormand has had massive success this award season, also previously having won best actress during this year’s Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Film Independent Spirit Awards this year for her Billboards role.
Jimmy Kimmel returned as host of the 90th annual Academy Awards, which took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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