See photos from Gal Gadot's big night at the Critics' Choice Awards
Gadot received the prestigious #SeeHer Award given to boundary-pushing actresses.
Israeli actress Gal Gadot received a standing ovation last night as she received the #SeeHer Award for her breakthrough role as Wonder Woman, as well as her efforts as a role model for young girls across the globe.
"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," Gadot said from the podium. "My promise and commitment to all of you is that I will never be silenced, and we will continue: band together to make strides, uniting for equality."
The #SeeHer movement is spearheaded by ANA, the largest marketing and advertising association in the United States. The initiative was launched in early 2016 with the goal of leading a movement to accurately portray all women and girls in media so that by 2020 they see themselves reflected as they truly are. The year 2020 coincides with the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the U.S. Last year, the first #SeeHer Award went to American actress Viola Davis.
"We're honored to recognize Gal this year," said ANA CEO Bob Liodice. "Not only was she able to challenge stereotypes in film and find success by starring in one of the biggest blockbusters this year, she also used that success to shine a light on her own industry, and push the boundaries on gender equality in real life."
Last year, "Wonder Woman" was named the best superhero movie of all time. It also became the highest-grossing live-action film to be directed by a woman. Besides being a financial success for Warner Bros., it also became a worldwide phenomenon. Director Patty Jenkins and Gadot have already started working on a sequel, which will be released next year.
During her speech, Gadot pointed out that the top three films of 2017 – "The Last Jedi," "Wonder Woman" and "Beauty and the Beast" – were all carried by women. "Patty just shared an anecdote with me," Gadot continued. "And she said 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 as filmmakers, I believe it's not only our job to entertain, but our duty to inspire and educate for love and respect."
Watch Gadot's entire acceptance speech in the video below:
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