What Frances McDormand’s Oscars speech can teach us about sharing success with others

When Frances McDormand invited other women onto the pedestal with her during her acceptance speech for her Oscar for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” she showed that Hollywood has a huge amount of potential to go around — whether you’re an Oscar recipient or not.

Frances McDormand took home the Best Actress Oscar last night for her performance in the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” but her acceptance speech left those in Hollywood and beyond with a feast of food for thought.

Here are a few takeaways from her time onstage.

McDormand shined the spotlight on other female nominees

McDormand shared the wealth of her success by inviting the other female nominees to stand during her speech, so they could bask in their collective talent together.

“If I may be so honored, to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight,” McDormand said. “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 … come on!”

When she invited other women onto the pedestal with her at that moment, she showed that Hollywood has a huge amount of potential to go around — whether you’re an Oscar recipient or not.

She urged industry leaders to fund women’s projects

After having all the other female nominees stand up for recognition during her speech, McDormand pointed out a way to get more women’s projects off the ground in Hollywood.

“Ok, look around, everybody, look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” she said. “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. I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.”

Inclusion riders could force change

McDormand elaborated on what she meant by the term she referenced at the end of her speech.

“I just found out about this last week. There is, has always been available to all, everybody that does a negotiation on a film, an inclusion rider, which means that you can ask for, and/or demand at least 50% diversity in not only the casting, but also the crew,” she said. “And so, the fact that I just learned that after 35 years of being in the film business … we’re not going back, so, the whole idea of women trending? No. No trending. African-Americans trending, no, no trending. It changes now, and I think the inclusion rider will have something to do with that.”

Don’t think the term “inclusion rider” will catch on? Think again.

People have already started buzzing about it, with Vulture reporting that about 500,000 people “broke Google” while looking it up.

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.