Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Gal Gadot accepts Critics' Choice Awards honor with inspiring speech

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Stacy Diaz | 13 January, 2018, 06:57

The 32-year-old accepted the award for Best Action Movie on behalf of the entire Wonder Woman team, and used her time on stage to call for more female-led and directed films in Hollywood following the success of the DC smash.

Days after Gal Gadot responded to James Cameron's criticisms of Wonder Woman, the Israeli actress has proved - once again - she is a real-life Wonder Woman in her inspiring #SeeHer acceptance speech at the 2018 Critics' Choice Awards. The director said of Gal, "She knew the great importance of this character and what she could mean to the world if well done".

Also in the same category were "Thor: Ragnarok", "Logan", "Baby Driver" and "War for the Planet of the Apes".

The #SeeHer award, which previous year went to Viola Davis, was created to honor women who "push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape". "She commands the attention of the world, and in doing do, sets a positive example for humanity". And that's what makes her real.

Gadot also expressed support for the current movement of people speaking out against harassment in Hollywood and beyond. "I have friends - girlfriends - who have careers and they're mothers and they do it all, and they are afraid to say that they're a feminist". She did it for us.

'The whole process of making this film inspired me and I hope it inspires others, ' said a visibly emotional Gadot.

Wonder Woman also struggles with her own love and hopes, she gets confused, insecure, and she's not ideal. "Although this is progress, there is still a long way to go", she said, adding, "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". My commitment to all of you is I will never be silenced and we will continue to band together to make strides uniting for equality'.

Alongside Gadot's award, Wonder Woman received three Critics' Choice nominations, for costume design, visual effects, and best action movie.

Jenkins and Gadot are both on board for the highly anticipated sequel, Wonder Woman 2, which hits theaters on November 1, 2019.