Frances McDormand accepts Best Actress Oscar, honors other female nominees

Frances McDormand won her second Oscar for best actress on Sunday night, cementing her dominance this awards season for her fiery turn as a mother out for justice for her murdered daughter in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

McDormand, a five-time Oscar nominee, last won the prize in 1997 for her iconic role as police chief Marge Gunderson in “Fargo.” This year’s best actress nominees were Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water,” Margot Robbie for “I, Tonya,” Saoirse Ronan for “Lady Bird,” and Meryl Streep for “The Post.”

“I’m hyperventilating a little bit,” McDormand began as she took the stage. “If I fall over, pick me up because I’ve got some things to say.”

“I think is what Chloe Kim must have felt like after doing back-to-back 1080s in the Olympic half-pipe,” she said.

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McDorman thanked “Three Billboards” director Martin McDonagh, and shouted out the Coen brothers, who directed “Fargo.”

“I know you’re proud of me, and that fills me with everlasting joy,” she said, beaming at the brothers in the audience.

“And now I want to get some perspective,” she said. “If I may be so honored as to have all the female nominees nominated in every category stand with me in this room tonight. Meryl, if you do, everyone else will.”

McDormand cackled as dozens of women stood around the room.

“Look around ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” she said. “Don’t talk to us about it at the parties, invite us into your office in a couple days or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best, and we’ll you all about them.”

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TOPSHOT – US actress Frances McDormand delivers a speech after she won the Oscar for Best Actress in ‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’ during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: (L-R) Actors Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell , and Leslie Bibb celebrate during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Comedian Tiffany Haddish (L) and US actress Maya Rudolph present the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Jennifer Lawrence attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Christopher Walken speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Mahershala Ali speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Actor Sam Rockwell accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actors Eiza Gonzalez (L) and Ansel Elgort speak onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: In this handout provided by A.M.P.A.S., Lupita Nyong’o attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Sayles/A.M.P.A.S via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Taraji P. Henson speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Sam Rockwell accepts Best Suppoorting Actor for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ onstage at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Jennifer Garner speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor/singer Mary J. Blige performs onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Lakeith Stanfield speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Sam Rockwell (L) wins Best Suppoorting Actor for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ with Leslie Bibb at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Filmmakers Rachel Shenton (C) and Chris Overton (R) accept Best Live Action Short Film for ‘The Silent Child’ from actors Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph (both L) onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Emma Stone speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Matthew McConaughey speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Singer Andra Day performs onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actors Tiffany Haddish (L) and Maya Rudolph speak onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Oscar Isaac speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal performs during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Daniela Vega speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Filmmaker Frank Stiefel accepts Best Documentary – Short Subject for ‘Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405’ onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Director Jordan Peele delivers a speech after he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Get Out’ during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor/singer Zendaya speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez (L) and Robert Lopez accept Best Original Song for ‘Remember Me’ from ‘Coco’ onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actor Matthew McConaughey (L) and editor Lee Smith, winner of Best Film Editing for ‘Dunkirk,’ walk offstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Screenwriter James Ivory accepts Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Call Me by Your Name’ onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Filmmakers Rachel Shenton (L) and Chris Overton accept Best Live Action Short Film for ‘The Silent Child’ onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Musician Eddie Vedder performs onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: In this handout provided by A.M.P.A.S., Laura Dern (L) and Greta Gerwig attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Petit/Getty Images)

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro delivers a speech after he won the Oscar for Best Director for ‘The Shape of Water’ during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: (L-R) Actor Helen Mirren with Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges sitting on a Jet Ski (which he received as a prize for shortest acceptance speech) onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (C) stand on stage with his cast and crew after he won the Oscar for Best Film for ‘The Shape of Water’ during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

US actress Keala Settle performs during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: Actors Jane Fonda (L) and Helen Mirren speak onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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She finished her speech by calling for contractually mandated inclusion across films: “I have two words to leave with you tonight: inclusion rider.”

Specifically, an inclusion rider is a clause in the contract of the top line talent on a film that requires a diverse crew to be hired around them.

McDormand’s performance has earned praise for its unflinching and unapologetic portrayal of a grieving, yet tough-as-nails mother who wants local police to find her daughter’s rapist and killer. She emerged as the clear frontrunner in the category, earning other best lead actress awards, including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a SAG Award.

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