Your #TimesUp! How the Men of the Oscars Failed its Women

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Your #TimesUp! How the Men of the Oscars Failed its Women

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


little over three hours into the 90th Academy Awards, came the night’s most defining moment. The stage was set for Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster to present the Best Actress honour, which was to be the second last award of the ceremony. (Last year’s Best Actor winner Casey Affleck, who has been sued for sexual assault, withdrew as presenter.)

As expected, Frances McDormand, the beating heart of Martin McDonagh’s vigilante comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri walked away with the top prize, winning over The Shape of Water’s Sally Hawkins and Lady Bird’s Laurie Metcalf. After the perfunctory thank-yous in her speech, McDormand bent down, placed her gold statuette on the floor, and made a simple request: She asked the women nominees in the audience to stand up.