Last night, Hollywood gathered for the 90th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where the presence of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements were felt. In a segment of the ceremony, actresses Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek and Annabella Sciorra — all of whom have accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct — saluted the movements and diversity in film.
“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,’” Judd said.
The awards come at a time when the movements are gaining momentum and widespread approval from Americans. A recent Harvard CAPS-Harris survey revealed that more than half of American voters (55%) have a favorable view of the #MeToo movement. Since it went viral last October, the #MeToo movement raised public awareness about the treatment of women in the workplace and spurred the scrutiny of iconic men in the industry such as Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari and James Franco.
In her acceptance speech last night, actress Frances McDormand applauded women and inclusion when she called on her fellow female nominees in every category to stand with her.
“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 tonight,” said McDormand, who won best actress in a leading role for Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing, Missouri. “Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours, whatever 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.'”