Gal Gadot received the second annual #SeeHer award for her role in the blockbuster movie, Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins presented Gadot with the award at the 23rd Annual Critics Choice Awards.
The #SeeHer Award recognizes a woman who represents the values of the #SeeHer Movement. The movement started in 2016 by the Association of National Advertisers. Their mission is tear down stereotypes of women and present an accurate portrayal of girls and women in film by 2020. The group picked 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.
Jenkins praised her leading woman saying “in the hands of Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman came back to life in all of her glory and is inspiring to the world again…she excelled at every aspect of universal hero’s struggle on and off the screen. She knew the great importance of this character and what she could mean to the world if well done.”
Gadot was chosen for the role as Wonder Woman because it demonstrated that there is no limit to what you can do when you are empowered. In her acceptance speech, she said it was her dream to play a strong, independent, and real woman. She says Wonder Woman had all of the qualities she wanted in a role: heart, strength, compassion and forgiveness all the while dealing with her own confusion and insecurities. In doing so, she sets a positive and real example for humanity.
Wonder Woman also won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Action Movie. It is the highest grossing film directed by a female and with a female lead. Gadot says it’s not only artists’ and filmmakers’ job to entertain but to also inspire and educate. This film was definitely inspiring and empowering for all.