Gal Gadot was a real life Wonder Woman at last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards as she championed women in Hollywood and the #MeToo movement in her acceptance speech.
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.
Gal, who rocked a plunging metallic gown at the awards ceremony, said: ‘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. 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 makes her real.
‘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. One of them was directed by my wonderful Patty Jenkins. There were eight other films in the top 100 which were directed by females. So although this is progress, there is still a long way to go.’
The Israeli actress then referenced the #MeToo movement, which saw women of Hollywood wear black in protest of sexual harassment in the industry at the Golden Globes last weekend.
Gal continued: ‘As artists and filmmakers, I believe it’s not only our job to entertain, but 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.
‘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.’
Wonder Woman was one of the biggest films of 2017, earning positive critical acclaim and pushing past $3 billion at the worldwide box office.
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A sequel to the superhero epic is set for release in 2019.
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