The 60-year-old star took home the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, for her career-defining performance as a vengeance-seeking mother that takes on the authorities after her daughter is raped and murdered. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it's a potential contract clause requiring gender and racial equality in hiring for a film or television production. Often mentioned in the context of the insane things celebrities require their dressing rooms and backstage areas to have, riders can also be used to demand fair representation, as McDormand found out just days ago. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement in the wake of the incident, saying: "Best Actress victor Frances McDormand and her Oscar were happily reunited after a brief separation at last night's Governors Ball".
Smith went on to explain the advantages of actors' pursuing riders, which she offered as a possible solution to the "inclusion crisis in Hollywood".
On the other hand, Gary Oldman was given the Best Actor recognition for "Darkest Hour", while Allison Janney was handed the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "I, Tonya" and Sam Rockwell bagged the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".
"The goal is that talent can take the inclusion rider and adopt it in ways that make sense for their values and their beliefs". So, the whole idea of women trending, no. I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen: "inclusion rider". "Look around, because we all have stories to tell, and we all have projects we need financed", she said.
With Jordan Peele becoming the first ever African-American recipient of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, this year's Oscars made history but Peele's win wasn't the only milestone.
"I think I witnessed Gary Oldman accidentally dent his new Oscar on his way to having it engraved." the journalist wrote.
Speaking with The Guardian, Smith elaborates on the concept: "The typical feature film has about 40 to 45 speaking characters in it". She said that Hollywood'A-listers' could stipulate in their contracts that minor roles be cast to reflect demographics of the real world.