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90th Oscars Backstage Interview Transcript: Actress in a Leading Role
SPEECH BY: Frances McDormand
A. Thank you. Don’t give me anymore attention because it will all go to my head.
Q. Right here. Margot. I mean Margot ‑‑ Frances. Sorry. Right here.
Q. Please explain your comment at the end, the two words “inclusion rider. ”
Q. I want to ask you about a bit of a follow‑up to that question. The tone of the evening, obviously it’s about awards, but there was certainly throughout the evening the idea that this was a different Oscars than in the past because of what has happened since October.
A. No. It actually was ‑‑ it happened way before that. I think that what happened last year, you know, with MOONLIGHT winning the best picture, that’s when it changed. And it had to be acknowledged. That had to be acknowledged, and it was acknowledged in the best possible way. Not just by, you know, fixing the mistake, but actually recognizing that that won Best Picture. MOONLIGHT won Best Picture of 2017.
Q. It was about the idea that this evening was sending a message because of the activities that have happened and the revelations and women being brave enough to speak out since October. Did you feel that was handled properly and enough this evening?
A. Well, yeah. You know, it was really interesting because like I said, feeling like I was Chloe Kim doing back‑to‑back 1080s in the halfpipe, I was ‑‑ I don’t do everything. As you know, I don’t show up all the time. I only show up when I can and when I want to, but I was there at the Golden Globes and it’s almost like there was an arc that started there. It doesn’t end here. But I think publicly as a commercial, because that’s what we are, this is not a ‑‑ this is not ‑‑ this is not a novel. This is a TV show after all, but I think that the message that we’re getting to send to the public is that we’re going to be one of the small industries that try to make a difference. And I think $21 million in the legal defense fund is a great way to start. And the commission that’s being headed by Anita Hill, that’s really smart. See, we didn’t just ‑‑ we didn’t just put out commercials about it. We actually started a conversation that will change something.
Q. Okay. THREE BILLBOARDS has started a movement. Have you seen the billboards all over the world?
Q. Talk about that. I want to hear what your comment is about that.
Q. Actually, THREE BILLBOARDS just released in China three days ago.
Q. It’s a very American movie. What would you like to say to Chinese audience?
Q. Now it has over one million ‑‑ $1 million.
Q. What would you like to say?
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