For its shocking lack of female nominations, this year’s Oscars have had a surprising number of feminist moments, from Reese Witherspoon’s call to #AskHerMore to Steve Carell’s support of #HeForShe. Most amazing, however was the badass, inspiring acceptance speech of Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette, who ended her speech with a demand for equal pay for equal work.
She closed, “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 to fight for equal rights for women in America.”
While Arquette’s speech certainly added a feminist touch to the largely male-dominated awards, it was the audience’s reaction to her speech that really got our hearts racing (in the best way possible). With a roar of applause growing for Arquette’s words, a skilled cameraperson captured the best moment of the awards thus far: J.Lo and Meryl Streep—sitting NEXT TO EACH OTHER, for some glorious reason—bringing the house town, cheering for their fellow feminist.
The moment was almost too much to handle. J.Lo and Meryl are both iconic in their own right, but the realization that they are homegirls is simply amazing. If only we could have been nearby to hear their chatter. What did they talk about? The secret to world domination? The location of the philosopher’s stone? We may never know.
This is our new favorite reaction gif to everything good in this world.