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!'
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.
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
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
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'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.
'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.'
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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'