Gal Gadot got a standing ovation for her passionate and powerful speech at the Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday night, after being honored with the #SeeHer Award.
According to the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the 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." No better recipient than Wonder Woman, right?
"Throughout my career, I was always asked to describe my dream role. It was clear to me that I wanted to portray a strong and independent woman, a real one," Gadot said after hitting the stage. "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 sends a positive example for humanity. She's not perfect and thats what make her real."
"When I started acting, there were very few female led movies and even fewer female directors," she continued. "This year, 3 of the top grossing films were female led. One of them was directed by my wonderful Patty Jenkins. There were 8 other films in the top 100 which were directed by females. So although this is progress, there is still a long way to go."
"As artists and filmmakers, I believe it's not only our job to entertain, but to inspire and educate for love and respect," said Gadot. "In the past weeks and months, we've been witnessing a movement in our industry and society. I want to share this award with all the women and men who stand for what's right, for those who can't stand of speak for themselves. 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."