Patricia Arquette had Meryl Streep and JLo jumping out of their seats and cheering after she passionately announced that it’s time for ‘wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women.’
Patricia Arquette is fed up with women’s inequality and she told the world in her acceptance speech that enough was enough. Patricia, 46, won the prize for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Boyhood and she gave an inspiring speech about women’s rights so astounding that it brought Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez to their feet!
Patricia Arquette Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar
When it came to the best supporting actress, Oscar voters lead with their hearts.
In the Oscar race this year, arguably no film was more dripping with emotion than Boyhood. The innovative saga, which took over 12 years to produce, follows the life of a family in rural Texas as we watch them grow right before our eyes.
The film covered a variety of every day conflicts. Because of this, Patricia’s acceptance speech, focused on the very real issue of gender inequality, felt even more powerful.
“To every woman who gave birth,” Patricia said. “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!”
Those are the words which brought Meryl and JLo to their feet and which reflected the feelings of every woman in America.
Following her win, Patricia continued to discuss the importance of women’s rights. “Again, I think we need federal laws that are comprehensive; in different states, they have altogether thrown out the Fairness Voting Act,” Patricia said. “People think we have equal rights; we won’t until we pass a Constitutional amendment in the United States of America where we pass the ERA once and for all and women have equal rights in America.”
Furthermore, Patricia described why she felt the need to use her win as a platform. “I love my business, I love acting and I love being a human being on earth and I want to help,” she said. “I never saw this moment in me winning an Academy Award. I never even thought I would be nominated and I was okay with that. But you know what I did see? I saw many things that have come true in my life, and one of them was helping thousands and thousands of people, and I have, and I will, and I will help millions of people.”
Patricia’s Deserving Win
In Boyhood, Patricia plays the mother of the main character, Mason (Ellar Coltrane). Throughout the nearly three hour film, the audience sees her contend with the tribulations of single motherhood, divorce and domestic abuse.
Her role is touching, funny and without question worthy of the Oscar that it just garnered for Patricia.
What did you think of Patricia’s speech?
— Casey Mink