Frances McDormand uses her speech to recognize all women nominated for Oscars

When she won the Oscar for best actress, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star Frances McDormand wasted no time in harnessing the power the award gave her to speak loudly and clearly.

Taking the stage to accept the Oscar for her harrowing portrayal of a mother grieving her daughter’s murder while pressing the local police to find the killer, the “Fargo” star took her time in the spotlight to advocate for inclusion in the arts.

Perhaps increasingly conscious of her role as a white woman emerging victorious in a high-profile Oscars category, McDormand called for equal opportunity in Hollywood and asked all fellow female nominees to stand, visualizing a vanguard of female stars fighting to make their voices heard.


As the likes of Saoirse Ronan and Ruth Negga rose to their feet, McDormand continued, thanking her collaborators for enabling “Three Billboards” and calling on Hollywood to do better.