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No, Frances will not lighten up.
Author: Raine    Date: 03/05/2018 14:20:56

I'm talking about Frances McDormand who won her second Oscar last night. She also made myself and the rest of the world learn something new,

Inclusion contract.
McDormand said she had only become aware of the term recently. But it's actually been around since 2016.

It was coined by media researcher Stacy Smith in a TED talk she gave that year, in which she posited ways to show more women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities on screen.

Dr Smith came up with the concept with Kalpana Kotagal, a civil rights and employment practice attorney in Washington DC, and the producer and actor Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni.

The University of Southern California professor argues that an "equity clause" in an A-list actor's contract could allow the film's minor on-screen roles "to match or reflect the demography of where the story is taking place".
More about it can be read here.

WaPo has a great write up of all that happened last night, and while I know that there are a lot of people who mock Hollywood -- I see it as an agent for change-- even when it is seeing itself as needing to self reflect and make its changes from within.

Nearly two and a half hours into the ceremony, three women who’ve accused Weinstein of sexual abuse took the stage: Salma Hayek Pinault, Ashley Judd and Annabella Sciorra.

“The changes we are witnessing are being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices, joining together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying, ‘Time’s up,’ ” said Judd, before introducing a montage of women and minority filmmakers talking about representation and intersectionality in cinema.


“All of us need to understand the importance of what is real, what is authentic and what is fact,” said presenter Greta Gerwig, the fifth woman ever nominated for best director, in one of several sly jabs at the president’s “fake news” refrain. Her film, the high school dramedy “Lady Bird,” was nominated for five Oscars, including best picture, but took home zero.

“To all the dreamers out there, we stand with you,” said screenplay nominee and Pakistani American Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”), a not-so-veiled gesture of solidarity to the children of undocumented immigrants.

The 2018 Oscars celebrated inclusion. The real progress is still to come. The fact that we have taken this step forward id a big deal.



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