Gary Oldman won Best Actor for his performance as Winston Churchill in the drama Darkest Hour, while Frances McDormand took home the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the crime film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand Oscar Speeches

British actor Oldman — who will be 60 later this month — thanked several people including his mother, whom he said will be “99 years young” this year and who watched the show “from the comfort of her sofa.”

“Mum, put the kettle on. I just won an Oscar,” said Oldman at the end of his acceptance speech.

Oldman was previously nominated for Best Lead Actor in 2012 for the spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. 

McDormand, who previously won the Best Actress Oscar in 1997 for her performance in Fargo, earned her Academy Award this year for playing a woman bent on revenge after her daughter is brutally raped and murdered.

In her speech, McDormand, 60, said she was shaking and said she imagined she felt like U.S. Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim did after the 17-year-old won a gold medal at the Games in Pyeongchang last month.

McDormand then praised her entire personal team, as well as her film’s director Martin McDonagh. 

Finally, McDormand drew roaring cheers and applause after she invited every other female nominee of the night — not just in her category, but in all other categories as well — to stand up as she stated that gender equality was something that needs to continue being pushed for in Hollywood.

“I have two words for you: Inclusion rider,” said McDormand, who went on to say that women should be encouraged to meet with studio executives and seek out quality opportunities in entertainment.

Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster — both Oscar winners — presented the Award for Best Actress this year. While presenting, Lawrence thanked Foster for giving her one of her first great opportunities in the film industry when she was 19.


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