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Oscars dominated by messages of equality, female empowerment

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Hollywood and Madison Avenue embraced the historic #MeToo movement on Sunday, blanketing the 90th Academy Awards with ads, speeches and tributes around women's rights, racial equality and social good.

Why it matters: A year of reckoning around these issues has awakened the conscience of the country, and particularly the entertainment industry, which has publicly parted ways with dozens of executives and several shows due to sexual harassment accusations.