Gal Gadot’s Award Speech Was All About REAL ‘Wonder Woman’ In Her
Gadot’s speech at the ceremony, while accepting the award, was powerful. She accepted that her dream of playing a strong, independent and real woman was long-overdue and that Diana Prince fulfilled that
— best of gal (@gadotdailly) January 12, 2018
Here are key takeaways from her speech:
The Real ‘Wonder Woman’
Gadot conveyed how the real grit-power of ‘Wonder Woman’ or any woman for that matter is the best quality of her character. “The irony in this is that later I was cast as Wonder Woman and all the qualities that I looked for I found in her. She’s full of heart, strength, compassion and forgiveness.”
“She’s not perfect and that makes her real.” None of us are and never will be. But by embracing that imperfection, we all could emerge champion.
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) January 10, 2018
On Making Box Office Waves
“This year, three of the top grossing films were female lead and one of them was directed by my wonderful Patty Jenkins,” she said.
She also gave references of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, ‘Beauty And The Beast’ and ‘Wonder Woman’, adding, “There were eight other films in the top 100 that were directed by females. While this is progress, there is a long way to go.”
On Harassment in Hollywood
Gadot also expressed concern and support for the current movement of people speaking out against harassment in Hollywood and how it is just the beginning.
“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,” she said. “And I promise, my 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,” shared Gadot.
I signed this letter of solidarity to stand with women and men across every industry who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in saying: enough is enough #TIMESUP pic.twitter.com/0dQALEf04I
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) January 3, 2018
Concluding the speech, the Israeli actress thanked the critics ‘for this amazing honour and recognition’ . She also thanked her ‘friend and sister’ Patty for the award.
Gadot was in recent past been in news for responding to reports of pay parity due to which she was paid less for playing Wonder Woman than Henry Cavill’s salary for Man of Steel. Guess the hard work finally paid off since at the award ceremony, Wonder Woman received three Critics’ Choice nominations and won the award for ‘Best Action Movie’.
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) January 12, 2018
The feminist film is continuing to break records and hopefully will achieve many such milestones in the coming days. The duo would return on-screen with Wonder Woman 2 in November 1, 2019.
Looking forward to the New Year.. pic.twitter.com/dqupi86mtD
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) December 27, 2017
The Full Speech Reads:
“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 that’s 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.”
— Madison Brodsky (@MadisonBrodsky) January 12, 2018