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8 reasons why this year's Oscars were the feminist Oscars

About time.

1. The manicam was banished, once and for all

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Good riddance.

2. The #AskHerMore campaign successfully inspired some real change on the red carpet

The point of the campaign is to bring an end to sexist red carpet questioning and gained some traction this year, thanks to support from nominee Reese Witherspoon.

Witherspoon bigged up the campaign on the red carpet and said that its purpose was to highlight that actresses are “more than just our dresses”.

3. Speaking of Witherspoon, she dodged questions about “who” she was wearing

The 87th Academy Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles Source: AP/Press Association Images

For the most part, she declined to discuss the dress on the red carpet. (Although she did reveal on Instagram that her dress was designed by Tom Ford.)

4. And Reese wasn’t the only actress that stayed quiet

Agata Trzebuchowska, star of Oscar-winning Polish film Ida, served up some realness as well.

Fair play.

5. Among those to support Reese Witherspoon and get all feminist? Alexa Chung

Chung was taking part in a panel on Sky Oscars and staunchly defended Reese Witherspoon when fellow guest Boyd Hilton described Witherspoon’s decision to not discuss her dress as “pompous”.

Fair play, Alexa.

6. Patricia Arquette talked smack about the manicam on the red carpet

Arquette straight up dissed it while talking to Ryan Seacrest and opted instead to discuss her charity work.

7. And went on to deliver the feminist rallying cry of the night

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Arquette delivered one of the best speeches of the night (maybe the best?) when she made an impassioned plea for the introduction of equal pay for women.

8. A speech that caused Meryl and J-Lo to fist pump the air


A moment that will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone forever more.

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Amy O'Connor

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