Frances McDormand, 2018: "I'm hyperventilating a little bit. If I fall over, pick me up, because I've got some things to say," McDormand began as she accepted her Best Actress award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She wasn't kidding. After placing her Oscar on the floor beside her, she launched into a speech about feminism, diversity, and the power of different perspectives in storytelling.
"If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight — the actors, the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographer, the composers, the songwriters, the designers," she said, urging them to their feet. "Okay, look around, everybody. Because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. … Invite us in to your office in a couple days — or you can come to ours, whichever sits you best — and we'll tell you all about them. I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentleman: inclusion rider."
As we now know, an inclusion rider is a clause in an actor's contract stipulating that the film they're working on must meet a certain level of diversity in the cast and crew. Months after McDormand's speech, Warner Bros. became the first Hollywood studio to implement the practice on a company-wide scale. Her words led to concrete action — and what's more inspiring than that? (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty Images)