Patricia Arquette won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her work in “Boyhood” at the 87th Academy Awards Sunday night at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California. The actress has been a favorite during the winter awards season and was widely predicted to win the coveted award. During her acceptance speech, she made a plea for women’s rights.

“Thank you to the academy, to my beautiful and powerful nominees,"  she stated. “Our whole cast and our crew, my boyhood family who I love and admirer, our brilliant director Richard Linklater, the impeccable Ethan Hawke, my lovely Ellar Coltrane.

At the end of her speech, she focused her attention to women’s rights. “To every woman who gave birth, to every tax payer 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 equal rights for women in the United States Of America.”

Oscar-winner Meryl Streep was on the edge of her seat during Arquette’s speech. She waved her arms and seemed like she was going to give the “Boyhood” star a standing ovation. Just when it seemed like Streep might fall out of her seat, she began to celebrate with Jennifer Lopez, who sat in the seat next to her. The stars were just a two of the women in the audience -- and at home -- who applauded Arquette’s equality speech.

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