Patricia Arquette's Oscar victory speech after winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood proves why she's good at her job. Arquette didn't fake-humbly pretend she wasn't going to win--she was prepared and she knew her lines when the spotlight shined. With an activist's enthusiasm Arquette read a burning, thanks-filled, issue-rich speech that got Meryl Streep up cheering. Not just clapping, but shouting and pointing at Arquette, who'd just said:"It's our time to have wage equality and equal rights for women once and for all." Jennifer Lopez, sitting next to Streep, also went wild cheering.
Since Boyhood took more than a decade to film, Arquette had time to prepare. She probably thought she'd see more change in Hollywood--and elsewhere--on women's rights during the time it took to complete the film. Not enough has happened, from Arquette's viewpoint. And watching the sincere, raucous, gut reactions of Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez--who by all accounts have done well for themselves--just emphasizes how deep the equality problem goes. The equal pay stats are out there.
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