Weinstein's Accusers Take Center Stage at Award Show

Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek appear for tribute to Me Too, Time's Up movements
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2018 10:13 PM CST
From left, Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek speak at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Jimmy Kimmel referenced Harvey Weinstein in his opening monologue for the 90th Academy Awards, but it got more personal when three of Weinstein's accusers stepped out onto the stage Sunday night to introduce a video montage on gender equality in Hollywood, per People and E! Online. "It's nice to see you all again, it's been a while," said Annabella Sciorra, who was joined onstage by Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek. "This year, many spoke their truth and the journey ahead is long, but slowly a new path has emerged." Judd added, "The changes we are witnessing are being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices. Joining together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying time's up."

And Hayek: "We salute those unstoppable spirits who kicked ass and broke through the biased perceptions against their gender, their race, and ethnicity to tell their stories." The video montage included Weinstein accuser Mira Sorvino, who noted that "everyone is getting a voice to express something that has been happening forever, not only in Hollywood, but in every walk of life." Also speaking out in the segment (and attracting online attention): Big Sick star Kumail Nanjiani, who said, "Some of my favorite movies are by straight white dudes about straight white dudes. Now you can watch my movies and relate to me. It's not that hard." Also making waves with a dramatic moment: Frances McDormand, who won best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and had every female nominee stand up in the audience before leaving with two words: "Inclusion. Rider."

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