4 ways to turn the Oscars' promise of equality and inclusion into reality
Until Frances McDormand took the stage to accept her Oscar in the ceremony's final minutes, the show featured a parade of good-looking, extravagantly dressed celebrities paying important lip service to equality and inclusion in Hollywood.
With an empowering gesture toward all Oscar-nominated women in the building and two words ("inclusion rider"), McDormand forced the audience to consider what needs to happen in the wake of the heady awards celebration: real action.
It was a moment beyond Stacy L. Smith's wildest dreams. As the founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, Smith has spent more than a decade studying what she calls Hollywood's "epidemic of invisibility."