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Yes, we explain what "inclusion rider" means.

Our Seven Biggest Takeaways from the 2018 Oscars

1. Best-Dressed Man — Armie Hammer

The stars of Call Me by Your Name were undoubtedly two of the best-dressed men last night. Nobody can pull off an all-white outfit quite like Timothée Chalamet, but Armie Hammer ultimately takes our best-dressed award with his velvet oxblood Giorgio Armani tuxedo.

Velvet was definitely the unorthodox texture of the evening. Check Oscar Issac, Daniel Kaluuya, Matthew McConaughey, and Darren Cris, too. But unlike most who donned the fabric, Hammer decided to go with a full velvet tuxedo (much like his full track suits combos) while most opted just for a velvet dinner jacket.

2. Worst Dressed Man — Adam Rippon

American figure skater and recent bronze medalist Adam Rippon was also in attendance at last night’s ceremony. And while we love when men take fashion risks, Rippon’s Jeremy Scott designed Moschino tuxedo, (part tuxedo, part S&M sex harness) did not hit the mark. While the Oscar’s can be a stage for political statements, à la Frances McDormand, we weren’t quite sure what Rippon’s statement was.

Rippon’s attempt at being subversive ended up looking more like a one-time-wear, cheap Halloween costume than something that surely cost at least a month’s rent.

3. WTF Is an “Inclusion Rider?”

During her acceptance speech for Best Actress, Frances McDormand asked all the female nominees to stand with her before uttering two words heard around the world: “inclusion rider.”

She went on to say, “No, I’m not going to explain what that means—you’re going to look it up, and you’re going to like it.” So, I looked it up…you’re welcome. Essentially, it’s a condition one can put in their contract that makes a certain degree of diversity essential to one’s participation in a film. The most famous rider probably belongs to Van Halen, which demanded a bowl of M&Ms waiting their dressing room, with all the brown1 ones removed. While it sounds like the height of entitlement, the Brown M&M rider was actually a way for the band to check whether a venue had paid attention to all the important stuff in the rider, too.

Stacy Smith explains it all in this TED talk.

4. James Ivory Is the Oldest Oscar Winner Ever

Aside from making headlines for his shirt with Timothée Chalet’s face painted on it, James Ivory also took home the Best Adapted Screenplay award for Call Me by Your Name. At 89, after several past nominations, he’s officially the oldest person ever to receive an Oscar. This win teaches us all an important lesson in never giving up—someday you, too, may win a major award for helping to sexually exploit a stone fruit.

5. Twitter Wants Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolf to Host Next Year’s Oscars

Move over Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: there’s a new duo in town. Twitter is officially backing Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph to host next year’s Academy Awards. The two women presented the awards for Best Animated and Live Action Shorts last night, and their chemistry was pure comedic gold. The Internet has spoken, and what the Internet wants, the Internet gets. They’ll just have to wait in line behind Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna.

6. Jennifer Lawrence Is Slowly Becoming the Friend You Can’t Take Anywhere

We recently told you about how everybody is turning on Jennifer Lawrence. Now, I’m not suggesting that I’m turning on her as well. But, what I am suggesting is that JLaw is slowly turning into that friend you can’t take out in public.

I’ve mentioned before that I spent some time in Kentucky during my childhood, so of course I feel some sort of personal connection to the Kentucky native. Maybe it’s that I know we’re both low-key rednecks. But, when I’m at an internationally televised award show (hey, it could happen), I try to keep my wino tendencies under wraps.

7. A Quick Flashback to Another Oscar Protest Moment

In honour of Frances McDormand’s speech about equality and diversity in the film industry, let’s hop back to the 45th Academy Awards in 1973 for a quick history lesson.

Marlon Brando was awarded Best Actor for his performance in The Godfather, but refused to accept the award due to his boycott of the Academy. He sent Sacheen Littlefeather—an unknown actress who was then the president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee—to represent him at the ceremony. The statement was a stance against the representation of “American Indians” in the film industry—or rather a lack thereof.

If this sounds vaguely familiar, Jada Pinkett Smith held a similar protest of the 88th Academy Awards, when #OscarsSoWhite was the narrative.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QUacU0I4yU

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1. She maybe doesn’t get as much attention as the Green M&M, but don’t let that fool you. Ms. Brown is special.