Though they may seem like they have nothing in common, award season and legislative session do have one important similarity- they are concurrent. Actress and now Oscar Winner, Patricia Arquette has taken advantage of this. Upon her winning last night, she had decided to dedicate her acceptance speech to something that every person (and lawmaker) should hear…
"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 our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America," Arquette said.
Can we get an AMEN?! For those who did not watch the Oscar’s last night, Patricia Arquette received Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood. Though her acceptance speech is incredible and needs little explanation (and no apologies), it goes a little deeper than what is just at the surface.
CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT
Her character in Boyhood is Olivia Evans, a single mother of two who struggles in providing for her family after a messy divorce with her previous husband. The innovative cinematography of the 12 year motion picture allows you to participate in not only the growing up of the main character, but also the struggles that Olivia faces as a single mother and as a woman.
The storyline for Olivia continues down a dark path where she is domestically abused and battered by her second husband. Watching these scenes were hard, but being a woman who is domestically abused and beaten is harder and is an unfortunate reality for many women out there.
The story line brightens up when Olivia finds the courage to escape the hell that is her husband and yet still struggles every day from being a single mother, to moving onto her third husband who is an alcoholic with the tendency to be emotionally abusive.
So when Patricia Arquette stood up at the podium and stood for women’s rights, it was coming from more than just being a woman in a male dominated society. It came from being a woman in a film that points out the struggles of being a woman, being a mother and being a care taker.
Thank you Patricia Arquette as well as the writers and directors of Boyhood for keeping feminism in films!