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Patricia Arquette's Best Supporting Actress Oscar Acceptance Speech

The 'Boyhood' star took home her first gold statuette.

Patricia Arquette's Best Supporting Actress Oscar Acceptance Speech
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Boyhood star Patricia Arquette took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress tonight at the 87th annual Academy Awards. The 46-year-old actress was a heavy favorite going into the ceremony and she didn't disappoint. Filmed over the course of 12 years, Boyhood is a film unlike any other and Arquette managed to create a true character despite having to film for only a few days a year for those dozen years.

After winning, Arquette gave one of the most passionate acceptance speeches of the night, referencing women's longtime battle for equal wages, and stirring the crowd.

Here's the text of her full acceptance speech:

"Thank you to the Academy, to my beautiful, powerful nominees. To IFC, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland, Molly Madden, David DeCamillo, our whole cast and crew, my Boyhood family whom I love and admire, our brilliant director Richard Linklater, the impeccable Ethan Hawke, my lovelies: Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater. Thomas and Paul, thank you for giving me my beautiful children. Enzo and Harlow, you're the deepest people that I know. My friends, who all work so hard to make this world a better place. To my parents, Rosanna, Richmond, Alexis, and David. To my favorite painter in the world, Eric White, for the inspiration of living with a genius. To my heroes, volunteers, and experts who have helped me bring ecological sanitation to the developing world with givelove.org. To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen in 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!"

To which Meryl Streep replied:

Patricia Arquette's Best Supporting Actress Oscar Acceptance Speech
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