What is Inclusion Rider? The mysterious words left by Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Frances McDormand won the Academy Award for Best Actress in recognition of her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This is her second time to get the Oscar for Best Actress, and the last time is in recognition of the performance in Fargo, 1996. When delivering her acceptance speech for the Best Actress, in one of the most powerful moment in the night, she asked every female nominees to stand with her in solidarity and accept the applause and honor. “If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight,” she said.

Frances McDormand asked every female nominees to stand with her in solidarity and accept the applause and honor during her acceptance speech for the Best Actress. (Photoshot by YouTube)

To conclude her powerful speech at the Oscars, Frances McDormand invoked two words: “inclusion rider.” But what is an inclusion rider, exactly? According to LA times, and the tweet posted by Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, “inclusion rider” is an equity rider by an A-lister in their contract asking that those roles in the film should reflect the society and even the world in which we actually live, including the real population distribution in the times.

A typical film features around 45 speaking roles and that there’s no reason that the cast, outside of the leads, shouldn’t reflect the demography of the film’s location. In other words, the population distribution (the skin color), the proportion of gender (the sex and sexual orientation), political leanings and the languages, as well as the age distribution and health status (physical / mental disabled) in the films should exactly reflect the real world in times that the movies would like to present.

In addition to hope that the films can reflect the real life, real world more truly, it’s also for all the disadvantaged performers to get the chance they deserved to work on the big screen.

Frances McDormand’s full Oscar 2018 Acceptance Speech for Best Actress

So, I think this is what Chloe Kim must have felt like after doing back to back 1080s in the Olympic half pipe, did you see that? Okay, that’s what it feels like. I want to thank Martin McDonagh, look what you did. We are a bunch of hooligans, and anarchists, but we do clean up nice. I want to thank every single person in this building. And my sister, Dorothy, I love you, Dot. And I especially want to thank my clan.

Joel and Pedro McCoen, these two stalwart individuals were well-raised by their feminist mothers. They value themselves, each other and those around them. I know you are proud of me, and that fills me with everlasting joy. And now, I want to give some perspective. If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight. The actors—Meryl, if you do it everyone else will—the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographers, the composers, the song writers, the designers. Come on! Okay, look around everybody, look around, ladies and gentleman 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 can tell you all about them. I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentleman, inclusion rider.