Jodie Foster’s Oscar-Night Crutches Explained – No, It Wasn’t Meryl’s Fault

On Sunday night, Foster joked she was on crutches because Streep “I, Tonya’ed” her

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Meryl Streep isn’t actually to blame for Jodie Foster needing crutches at the Oscars on Sunday night, but a ski accident is.

Before presenting Best Actress alongside Jennifer Lawrence at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night, the 55-year-old actress hobbled onto the stage with a pair of crutches and a boot, joking that Streep had “I, Tonya’ed” her, although she preferred “not to discuss it.”

Foster’s representative told TheWrap that Foster fell while skiing a few weeks ago, which is why she needed crutches.

Foster and Lawrence presented the coveted award to Frances McDormand for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” During her acceptance speech, McDormand asked every single other female Oscar nominee to stand up alongside her and asked for producers to tell and finance their stories.

She also mentioned the Inclusion Rider, something people working in film can include in their contracts. The clause can be added to contracts for actors and others working on a movie, requiring that the movie’s producers hire a diverse cast and crew. If the movie wasn’t diverse, it would give the actor a legal reason to back out of the contract — meaning the rider could have a serious effect on all the hiring practices on a film.