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#MeToo, Dreamers, Trump and Kobe: Key Oscar moments

The movement against sexual harassment took a starring role Sunday at the first Oscars since the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse revelations, with the awards gala often known for its frivolity taking a serious turn

AFP, Hollywood, California

Best Actress Frances McDormand, second left, Best Supporting actor Sam Rockwell, left, Best Supporting Actress Allison Janney, second right, and Best Actor Gary Oldman leave the press room holding their Oscars during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday in Hollywood, California.

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The #MeToo movement took a starring role Sunday at the first Oscars since the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse revelations, with the awards gala often known for frivolity taking a serious turn.

Here are some of the key moments of the 90th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood:


Frances McDormand delivered a rallying cry for the #MeToo movement, which seeks to end harassment and gender double-standards, as she accepted the Oscar for best actress.

Placing her statuette on the stage, an animated McDormand asked all women nominated across categories to stand up and be counted.

“Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” McDormand said with rising animation.

“Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours — whichever suits you best — and we’ll tell you all about them,” she said.

Likely sending many viewers to Google to understand her, she concluded: “I have two words to leave with you tonight. Ladies and gentlemen — inclusion rider.”

She was referring to clauses in contracts that mandate diversity among staff when shooting movies.

McDormand won for her role as a rage-filled mother seeking justice for her daughter in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It was the second time she won after her role in Fargo.


Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, whose fantasy film The Shape of Water was the night’s big winner, pointed to his own experience as he gently took aim at the anti-immigrant sentiment in Donald Trump’s America.

“I am an immigrant,” the Guadalajara native who lives in Los Angeles said as he accepted the best director award, while describing the movie business as “living in a country all of our own.”

“The greatest thing,” he said, “that our industry does is erase the line in the sand.”

“We should continue doing that, when the world tells us to make it deeper.”


Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel set the tone for the evening in his opening monologue as he hailed the downfall of Weinstein, a once all-powerful Hollywood tycoon who has been accused of sexual harassment or assault by scores of women.

“We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore. The world is watching us. We need to set an example,” Kimmel said.

But the late-night comedian also turned to humor, saying the Oscar statuette was an apt figure for the era.

“Just look at him. Keeps his hands where you can see them. Never says a rude word. And most importantly, no penis at all,” he said.

“He is literally a statue of limitations.”

And he found inspiration in the plot of The Shape of Water, joking: “We will always remember this year as the year men screwed up so badly, women started dating fish.”


Hoping to send a message that Hollywood was moving ahead in more than tone, the Oscars aired a montage by stars who called for the industry to be more representative.

Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd and Annabella Sciorra, who have all charged that Weinstein assaulted or attempted to assault them, came out together to introduce the segment and declared that times have changed.

Fellow Weinstein accuser Mira Sorvino, opening the montage, said that with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement, “Everyone is getting a voice to express something that has been happening forever, not only in Hollywood, but in every walk of life.”

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