Here's Why This Picture Of A Bunch Of Oscars Losers Is So Damn Important
If it felt like there was a collective sigh of relief after the curtain closed on the 90th Academy Awards yesterday, then that's probably because fatigue had finally caught up with Hollywood.
After months of brave women and men coming forward and sharing their stories of harrassment and abuse at the hands of some film and television industry brutes, the final ceremony in the awards season was firmly underpinned with these feelings.
But for all the pain felt throughout the hallowed halls, it seemed like there was an air of resolution and a keen sense of wanting to move on and make changes to the way the industry operates.
There was one picture - snapped right after Frances McDormand won the Oscar for Best Actress and delivered a stirring speech - that has strck a deep chord with many.
the best actress losers embracing is the energy I'm taking away from tonight pic.twitter.com/r5oLqn6IGU
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Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Sally Hawkins all came together in the aisle and embraced in one giant group hug.
At first glance it might look like the Best Actress nominees were consoling each other after their loss but the longer it sits with you, you realise that this moment represents so much more.
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Here you have four hard-working ladies on arguably one of the biggest nights of their career. They've just lost, but they're beaming.
Just minutes before Frances McDormand asked them to stand and delivered this rousing and historical speech:
"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, everybody else will, come on — the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographers, the composers, the songwriters, the designers. OK, look around, everybody. 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. Don't. 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. I have two words to leave with you tonight. Ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider."
The journey for each of these women wasn't easy. They had to fight against gender inequality, gender parity and blatant sexism to get to where they are. And here they have a Hollywood stalwart standing before them demanding change. For them.
— E! News (@enews) March 5, 2018
There was huge gravitas in McDormand's words and a true sense of hope sprung from them for these female creators
Not only have these women been activising for change in their own industry but they have, by default, become role models and examples for women around the world fighting for equality across all sectors. While that responsibility may be an honour, it surely must have taken it's toll especially over that past few months.
But there is hope. Last night proves that.
They say a picture speaks a thousand words but in this instance this picture speaks for a million people.
Everyone On The 2018 Oscars Red Carpet Looked Bloody Beautiful...
Everyone On The 2018 Oscars Red Carpet Looked Bloody Beautiful
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