Nicole Cord-Cruz
Updated Jan 12, 2018 @ 3:46 pm
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Although we had to wait 75 years for the world’s most famous and celebrated female superhero to grace the big screen, we’re glad we didn’t have to wait that long for her movie to receive all the recognition it rightfully deserves. Oh, if we could just give Wonder Woman all the awards, we totally would, because how often do we encounter a movie heroine who smashes the patriarchy and saves the world all at the same time?

At the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards, the DC Extended Universe film brought home the award for Best Action Movie, beating strong contenders like Baby Driver, Logan, Thor: Ragnarok, and War for the Planet of the Apes. But this recognition is only second to perhaps the most important distinction the film clinched that night. Gal Gadot was also awarded the #SeeHer Award for her noteworthy performance as Wonder Woman.

To put things into perspective, the #SeeHer Award is presented to a woman whose work encompasses the #SeeHer initiative, which is “to push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape.” Presenting the award to Gadot was no other than Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, who gave the actress a heartfelt introduction:

We couldn’t agree more.

In turn, Gadot moved the audience with a passionate speech about what it meant for her to play such a strong female character, and emphasized that although Hollywood seems to be taking steps forward in its fight towards equality, the industry still has a long way to go.

Watch her full speech below:

That was so beautiful that it’s taking everything in us not to cry.

Gal Gadot really is Diana Prince/Wonder Woman personified. Although at this point, we’re already starting to think that they’re one and the same.