Patricia Arquette aging on screen highlights pop-culture push to move beyond the male gaze

February 24, 2015 6:49 PM

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Patricia Arquette's demand for pay equity during her Oscar acceptance speech dominated much of the morning-after commentary about Sunday night's Academy Awards. "It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America," Arquette said, leading Meryl Streep to enthusiastically pump her fist in the audience.

Normally, Americans hate it when Hollywood celebrities wade into politics. And sure enough, Fox News talker and former actress Stacey Dash declared herself "appalled" with the speech. But it was a little different for Arquette than for previous Academy Award winners who've used their big night to ba...

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