Patricia Arquette Call for Equal Pay at the Oscars

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Patricia Arquette injected some political fervour into the Oscars ceremony by calling for equal pay for women at the end of her acceptance speech for best supporting actress.

Arquette had been widely expected to win the award for her role in Boyhood, in which she plays Olivia, the mother of Mason, in a performance filmed over 12 years.

However, her speech was much more surprising. It began conventionally enough, with Arquette paying tribute to her cast members, family, and boyfriend Eric White, “my favourite artist in the world”.

It concluded with the impassioned words: “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 time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

Her speech received wild cheers from the audience, with Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez getting out of their seats and waving their arms.

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“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” Arquette began. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

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