Back in 2018, Frances McDormand scored the Best Actress Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards, for her standout role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Accepting the award, along with the usual thanks, she threw in a term which was new to many.
As she wound up the speech, she said: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.”
It suggested that actors should begin insisting on an inclusion clause in their contracts, ensuring that cast and crew on movie sets are from as diverse a pool as possible, to combat the lack of diversity often seen in the movie business, as well as other industries.
However, it appears that she regrets the comment in hindsight.
Speaking in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter around her latest movie, Nomadland, directed by Chloe Zhao, McDormand revisited the comment, appearing to suggest that applying a blanket insistence on inclusion might not work in the case of every project.
“I wish I’d never f**king said it now,” she said. “I was not educated enough, I didn’t have enough information about it. I forgot what I was going to say at the end of a very prepared speech. I wanted to say, 'Just give me a tequila now.'
“I had met someone at a dinner party the night before, an agent at UTA, and she had told me, 'Did you know about this?' We had had a long conversation about it, and I found it really fascinating. 'Inclusion rider' was something that was like, 'Maybe we should discuss this.'
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“Having said that, the work that [USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative] has done on inclusion in the workplace is very, very important, and it is complicated, and it has to be almost customized for every single event.”
Nomadland finds McDormand playing Fern, an itinerant worker who travels the US in search of work.
The Oscar-tipped movie has been penned by Zhao, who is also finishing up all-star Marvel movie Eternals, featuring Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Gemma Chan and Salma Hayek.
It’s due for release in February, 2021, with Nomadland premiering at the Venice Film Festival next week.