Patricia Arquette Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Demands Wage Equality for Women and Meryl Streep Almost Jumps Out of Her Seat

Veteran star was the front-runner all awards season for her role in the Best Picture-nominated Boyhood

By Natalie Finn Feb 23, 2015 3:13 AMTags
Patricia Arquette, 2015 Academy Awards, WinnerKevin Winter/Getty Images

No need to consult a medium to figure this one out.

Patricia Arquette capped off her victorious season tonight at the 87th Annual Academy Awards with the Best Supporting Actress win for her literally years-in-the-making role as a divorced-then-questionably-remarried mother of two in Boyhood.

And the actress took the opportunity to thank everyone, ever (so it seemed) for helping her get to this moment, as well as used the podium soap-box style to demand equal rights (particularly in the bank account department) for women.

She thanked the Boyhood cast and crew, her siblings, parents and children ("the deepest people that I know")—and her kids' fathers, exes Paul Rossi and Thomas Jane (happy birthday today to Jane, coincidentally)—as well as "my friends who work so hard to make this a better place" and the "heroes, volunteers and experts who helped me bring ecological sanitation to the developing world through"

But then she got political... and Hollywood was lovin' it!

"To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights," Arquette said, her voice intensifying. "It is our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America!"

Cue Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez practically bounding out their seats in appreciation. Co-star Ethan Hawke was loving it, too, as were the likes of Lena Dunham and more on Twitter.

Arquette had picked out a custom Rosetta Getty gown for what turned out to be a celebratory family affair, daughter Harlow Olivia Calliope and sister Rosanna Arquette walking the red carpet with her earlier in the evening.