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Down with Boyhood! Patricia Arquette uses acceptance speech to call for equal pay for women - while Reese fumes about questions about her dress.





Down with Boyhood! Patricia Arquette uses acceptance speech to call for equal pay for women - while Reese fumes about questions about her dress. Down with Boyhood! Patricia Arquette uses acceptance speech to call for equal pay for women - while Reese fumes about questions about her dress.

Down with Boyhood! Patricia Arquette uses acceptance speech to call for equal pay for women - while Reese fumes about questions about her dress

  • Arquette declared 'It's our time to have wage equality' as she accepted her Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in Boyhood
  • The 46-year-old's rousing speech got perhaps the loudest applause from Meryl Streep, who rose to her feet yelling, 'yes!'
  • Reese Witherspoon used the ceremony to call out Hollywood for ignoring actresses with real issues to discuss in favor of chatting about their dresses

Patricia Arquette gave a rousing acceptance speech at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, one that had even the Oscar's grande dame Meryl Streep declaring 'Made my night!'

After accepting her best supporting actress statue for Boyhood with the typical thank yous, Arquette went a little off script, saying: 

'To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer of this nation. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all in the United States of America.'

Rousing: Patricia Arquette gave a rousing acceptance speech at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, one that had even the Oscar's grande dame Meryl Streep declaring 'Made my night!'
 

Rousing: Patricia Arquette gave a rousing acceptance speech at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, one that had even the Oscar's grande dame Meryl Streep declaring 'Made my night!'

Impassioned: 'To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer of this nation. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all in the United States of America'
Meryl Streep hooted 'yes, yes!' as Arquette spoke
 

Impassioned: 'To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer of this nation. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all in the United States of America'

The newly-minted Oscar winner's demand for change received raucous applause, not least of all from Arquette's fellow nominee Streep, who leaped from her seat with excitement as Jennifer Lopez clapped gleefully at her side.

Streep applauded Arquette backstage. And Arquette, in turn, cheered on her cheerleader.

'I hugged her afterwards! She's the queen, the patron saint of all actresses,' Arquette said, according to @oscarinterviews.

It's our time to have wage equality once and for all 
Patricia Arquette 

The reaction from Streep, who's been a prominent advocate for eliminating the pay gap, should come as little surprise to anyone versed on the earnings of men versus those of women in Hollywood or any industry.

Between June 2012 and June 2013, Hollywood's ten highest paid actresses earned earned $181 million collectively, reports Variety.

The industry's ten top-earning men, on the other hand, earned $465 million.

Backstage, Arquette again spoke passionately about women deserving equal pay.

'It's amazing, but it is time for us. It is time for women. Equal means equal. And the truth is, the older women get, the less money they make. The more children ‑‑ the highest percentage of children living in poverty are female‑headed households.  

 

Outspoken: Meryl Streep has long been an outspoken advocate for income equality for women in Hollywood and elsewhere

Outspoken: Meryl Streep has long been an outspoken advocate for income equality for women in Hollywood and elsewhere

Meryl Streep cheered, pointed and shouted 'Yes! Yes! Yes!' as Patricia Arquette ended her Oscar acceptance speech with a call for wage equality for women
As Streep shouted 'Yes!' her apparent friend Jennifer Lopez joined in
 

Meryl Streep cheered, pointed and shouted 'Yes! Yes! Yes!' as Patricia Arquette ended her Oscar acceptance speech with a call for wage equality for women

Friends? Streep and Jennifer Lopez shared a selfie at the Oscars. They sat beside each other during the ceremony and shared in their approval of Arquette's speech

Friends? Streep and Jennifer Lopez shared a selfie at the Oscars. They sat beside each other during the ceremony and shared in their approval of Arquette's speech

ACADEMY AWARDS 2015: FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS 

Best Picture

Birdman - WINNER

American Sniper 

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Best Director

Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman - WINNER

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything - WINNER

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton, Birdman 

Best Actress

Julianne Moore, Still Alice - WINNER

Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything 

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash - WINNER

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher 

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood - WINNER

Laura Dern, Wild

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Cinematography

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki - WINNER

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman

Ida – Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski

Mr. Turner – Dick Pope

Unbroken – Roger Deakin

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida - WINNER

Leviathan

Tangerines

Timbuktu

Wild Tales

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Imitation Game - WINNER

American Sniper 

Inherent Vice

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman - WINNER

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nightcrawler

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

The Grand Budapest Hotel - WINNER

Foxcatcher 

Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel - WINNER

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

The Theory of Everything 

Best Original Song

'Glory,' Selma - WINNER

'Lost Stars,' Begin Again

'Everything is Awesome,' The LEGO Movie 

'Grateful,' Beyond the Lights

'I'm Not Gonna Miss You,' Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6 - WINNER

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Documentary—Short

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 - WINNER

Joanna

Our Curse

The Reaper

White Earth

Best Film Editing

Whiplash - WINNER

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel - WINNER

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Into the Woods

Mr. Turner

Best Animated Short 

Feast - WINNER

The Bigger Picture 

The Dam Keeper

Feast

Me and My Moulton

A Single Life

Best Live Action Short

The Phone Call - WINNER

Aya

Boogaloo and Graham

Butter Lamp

Parvaneh 

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper - WINNER

Birdman

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

Unbroken

Best Sound Mixing

Whiplash - WINNER

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken 

Best Visual Effects

Interstellar - WINNER

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy 

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Documentary — Feature

Citizenfour - WINNER

Finding Vivien Maier

Last Days of Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth

Virunga

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel - WINNER

Inherent Vice

Into the Woods

Maleficent

Mr. Turner

 

'And it's inexcusable that we go around the world and we talk about equal rights for women in other countries and we don't have equal rights for women in America and we don't because when they wrote the Constitution, they didn't intend it for women. 

'So, the truth is, even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface, there are huge issues that are applied that really do affect women.

We don't have equal rights for women in America because when they wrote the Constitution, they didn't intend it for women
Patricia Arquette 

'And it's time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we've all fought for to fight for us now.'

Valerie Jarrett, adviser to President Barack Obama, cheered Arquette on Twitter.

'Thx for using your speech to advocate for EqualPay and for understanding that when women succeed, America succeeds,' Jarrett wrote.

Arquette was not alone in her mission to use the night's high profile to shine a light on women's issues.

Her fellow nominee Reese Witherspoon continued the #AskHerMore trend from the Golden Globes with a demand for more important questions on the red carpet.

'This is a movement to say we're more than just our dresses,' Witherspoon told Robin Roberts. 'There are 44 nominees this year that are women and we are so happy to be here and talk about the work that we've done. It's hard being a woman in Hollywood, or any industry.' 

ARQUETTE BACKSTAGE ON THE 'MANI-CAM' AND WHY SHE SPOKE OUT

Newly-minted Oscar winner Patricia Arquette continued to speak her mind backstage after her rousing speech, telling members of the press:  

I'm wearing a dress my best friend designed we’ve been best friends since we were 7 and 8-years-old and she was the first person to ask me what do you want to be when you grow up?

I said I want to be and actor, I said what do you want to be? and she said I want to be in fashion and she became a fashion designer and she designed by gown so it’s like wearing love.

We created an organization givelove.org.

And instead of getting a manicure this morning for the dreaded mani-cam I ended up trying to pull pictures because we started a sweepstake for charity to do ecological sanitation of the world.

And when I saw Harry Belafonte’s picture up there it reminded me of my mom who was an equal rights activist, she worked for civil rights and this is who I am this is the whole of who I am, I love my business, I love acting and I love being a human being and I want to help.

I never saw this moment of me winning an Academy award, I never even thought id be nominated and I was OK with that, but you know what I did see? I saw many things that have come true in my life and one of those things was helping thousands and thousands of people. And I have and I will and I will help millions of people.

Arquette said she's helped thousands of people and she vowed, 'I will help millions of people.' Arquette became the first member of her acting family to win an Academy Award.
She had already claimed trophies from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Independent Spirit Awards and BAFTA for her role.
 

Arquette said she's helped thousands of people and she vowed, 'I will help millions of people.' Arquette became the first member of her acting family to win an Academy Award. She had already claimed trophies from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Independent Spirit Awards and BAFTA for her role.

Backstage, Arquette again spoke passionately about women deserving equal pay.'People think we have equal rights,' she said. 'We won't until we pass an equal rights amendment

Backstage, Arquette again spoke passionately about women deserving equal pay.'People think we have equal rights,' she said. 'We won't until we pass an equal rights amendment

Arquette plays the mother of Ellar Coltrane's Mason in Richard Linklater's sweeping look at a boy's life, filmed over 12 years.

Arquette became the first member of her acting family to win an Academy Award. She had already claimed trophies from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Independent Spirit Awards and BAFTA for her role.

Her father Lewis Arquette was an actor, her grandfather Cliff Arquette was a comedian, and her siblings, including sister Rosanna, have worked in show business.

Arquette's next project is a return to the small screen. She stars in the new series 'CSI: Cyber,' debuting in March on CBS.

Also nominated were Laura Dern in 'Wild'; Keira Knightley in 'The Imitation Game'; Stone in 'Birdman'; and Streep for 'Into the Woods.'

 

'This is a movement to say we're more than just our dresses': Best actress nominee Reese Witherspoon also used the Oscars to give voice to women who feel like second class citizens in Hollywood and made her opinions known while chatting with Robin Roberts on the red carpet

'There are 44 nominees this year that are women and we are so happy to be here and talk about the work that we've done. It's hard being a woman in Hollywood, or any industry'
Witherspoon says she's sick of talking about her dresses
 

'There are 44 nominees this year that are women and we are so happy to be here and talk about the work that we've done. It's hard being a woman in Hollywood, or any industry'


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