While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association inexplicably chose not to nominate the record-breaking “Wonder Woman” blockbuster, its history-making director Patty Jenkins, or its star Gal Gadot in any Golden Globes category, the Critics did. In fact, last night, at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards, “Wonder Woman” took home the award for Best Action Movie, and Gal was honored with the second ever #SeeHer Award. In response, she delivered this acceptance speech which is as inspiring as the hero she brought to life, proving she’s a Wonder Woman both on and off the screen.
As the Critics’ Choice Awards describes it, “The #SeeHer Award recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the #SeeHer movement — to push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape.” Of this year’s recipient they said, “Gadot broke through this year as a powerful voice advocating for women, not only on screen as the iconic Wonder Woman, but in life as well, using her platform to encourage those in the entertainment industry and beyond to strive for fairness and parity across genders.” Viola Davis received last year’s inaugural #SeeHer Award.
Patty Jenkins presented Gal with the #SeeHer Award, and this is how she responded…
“Throughout my career, I was always asked to describe my dream role, and it was clear to me that I wanted to portray a strong and independent woman — a real one. The irony in this is that, later, I was cast as Wonder Woman. And all of these qualities I looked for I found in her.
“She’s full of heart, strength, compassion, and forgiveness. She sees wrong that must be made right. She takes action when everyone around her is idle. She commands the attention of the world, and in doing so, she sets a positive example for humanity. Wonder Woman also struggles with her own love and hopes. She gets confused, insecure, and she’s not perfect — and that’s what makes her real. We wanted her to be universal, to be an inspiration to all people all around the world, and our plan was to make sure we didn’t give too much attention to the fact that she’s a woman. The whole process of creating this film inspired me.
“When I started acting, there were very few female-led movies, and even fewer female directors. This year, three of the top-grossing films were female-led, and one of them was directed by my wonderful Patty Jenkins. There were eight other films in top 100 which were directed by females. So although this is progress, there is still a long way to go.
“Patty just shared an anecdote with me and she said that someone told her that his 3-year-old saw the movie and when the movie ended the boy said, ‘When I grow up I want to be a woman!’
“So as artists and filmmakers I believe that it’s not only our job to entertain but our duty to inspire and educate for love and respect.
“In the past weeks and months, we’ve been witnessing a movement in our industry and society, and I want to share this award with all the women and men who stand for what’s right: Standing for those who can’t stand or speak for themselves. My promise and commitment to all of you is that I will never be silenced, and we will continue to band together to make strides, uniting for equality.”