This awards season, you’ve probably heard plenty of buzz around Boyhood.
Patricia Arquette gave the film renewed hype at last night’s Oscars after calling for equal wages for women in her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress. The overwhelmingly positive reactions to her call for equality are just as good as the message itself, but that doesn’t mean she’s not getting some pushback.
Arquette, who has positively swept the Best Supporting Actress category this season, winning at the BAFTAs, the Golden Globes, and numerous other major receptions, came up to the stage as always with her exhausted scrap of paper (you’d think she’d have memorized who to thank by now), but this time, she had a new message for the millions of viewers at home and in the audience:
To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights, it’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.
Her impactful and even surprising statement was received by an immense applause from the stars in the room. The camera cut immediately to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, who looked more like they were cheering on their favorite sports team than lauding the accomplishment of their fellow actress.
But these two women weren’t the only celebrities who loved what Patty had to say. Throughout the night, the taboo issue of gender equality in Hollywood was in the spotlight, especially with campaigns like #AskHerMore on the red carpet. With a speech like this, you can bet that Hollywood’s wage gap is something you will be hearing more about.
What did these other celebs and personalities have to say about her bold call for equality?
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) February 23, 2015
— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) February 23, 2015
— Ryan Love (@RyanS_Love) February 23, 2015
— Tammie Holland (@TammieHolland) February 23, 2015
Well I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – tonight was all about Lady Gaga, Patricia Arquette and Martin Luther King.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 23, 2015
Yet while Arquette’s speech was a step in the right direction, and while it followed in the night’s footsteps of awesomely using the podium as a soap box, not everybody was happy with her choice wording or the specific definition of feminism or ‘woman’ that she conveyed.
While #PatriciaArquette is worried about = pay for = work, which is great, many WoC and LBT women are worried IF they will find a job.
— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) February 23, 2015
— Rahiel Tesfamariam (@RahielT) February 23, 2015
'Every woman who has ever given birth' – so it leaves out all those who haven't? Thanks for your feminism, #PatriciaArquette
— Sunny Singh (@sunnysingh_nw3) February 23, 2015
— Katie O'Malley (@katieomalley) February 23, 2015
When you’re living out one of the best moments of your entire career and life, and when the threat of that infamous music is there, ready to cut you off at any second, most of us could never muster up the eloquence to say exactly what we wanted to. Even if Patricia’s brief but important call for equality seemed to not include people of all sexes, genders, races, statuses, and backgrounds, the most salient thing to keep in mind is that she said anything at all.
What do you think? After all, if it’s good enough for Meryl…
What did Patricia Arquette say that had Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez jumping out of their seats? Watch here!