"To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's rights," Arquette said. "It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America."
While political statements are usually admonished during the Oscars, Arquette's speech went over, and overwhelmingly so. Jennifer Lopez, Shirley McClaine, and co-star Ethan Hawk were all seen applauding in support.
Meryl Streep, who lost the Oscar to Arquette, rose from her seat, cheering on the actresses' sentiments.
God bless you Patricia Arquette: a great actor, a brilliant citizen, you've just won the admiration of millions. Much love.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 23, 2015