The 60-year-old came out on top in a very strong category, which included Meryl Streep, Margot Robbie and Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan. But she wasn’t about to let the moment pass without sharing it with her comrades.
Taking to the stage to accept her award, Frances made a point of giving a powerful speech.
Telling the audience that she had ‘some things to say’, Frances highlighted the need to tell more female stories.
‘Look around, ladies and gentleman, 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 offices… and we’ll tell you all about them.’
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‘If I may be so honoured to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight,’ she said. ‘Meryl if you do it everybody else will…’
Of course, Meryl Streep obliged.
She ended her impassioned moment with two words: ‘Inclusion rider.’
According to Dr. Phillip Goff, President of The Centre for Policing Equity, an inclusion rider is ‘a clause in an actor’s contract that requires the cast and crew be diverse in order to retain the actor.’
Talk about a stand-out moment.