The Time's Up Movement Continues at 2018 Critics' Choice Awards: The 5 Most Empowering Moments
By Liz Calvario
Hollywood continues to support one another!
The 2018 Critics' Choice Awards celebrated the best in television and film from the last year, but also -- thanks to a select few -- also touched on the importance of equality within the industry and the Time's Up initiative, which supports the victims of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Among the first of the night to address men's involvement in the initiative was Kumail Nanjiani, who accepted the award for Best Comedy for his and his wife, Emily V. Gordon's, film, The Big Sick.
"I would like to thank all the white men who allowed us to stand here today," Nanjiani expressed. "We're very happy that our movie's coming out in a year where Hollywood is having a lot of difficult conversations with itself, and we're amplifying voices that have been silenced for too long. I think, as men, we've been talking for centuries. It's time for us to shut up, listen and amplify."
Gal Gadot was honored with the #SeeHer Award for her accurate portrayals of women in film, including the mega blockbuster Wonder Woman. Upon taking the stage, the stunning actress addressed Time's Up and called for more female-directed films and women in leading roles.
"Throughout my career, I was asked to describe my dream role, and it was clear to me that I wanted to play a strong and independent woman. A real one," the Israeli actress shared. "When I started acting, there were very few female-led movies and even fewer female directors."
"In the past weeks and months, we've been witnessing a movement within our industry and society," Gadot continued. "We will band together to make strides, uniting for equality."
Rachel Brosnahan, who won a Critics' Choice Award for her performance in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, also took a moment in her acceptance speech to remind attendees of how they can continue to support the Time's Up initiative.
"I know we're not all here in black tonight, but let's not lose focus," she expressed. "If you haven't already, please go to TimesUpNow.com and donate to the legal defense fund. Let's keep this going, please. Thank you so much."
Meanwhile, host Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash gave a sarcastic toast to the "good guys" in Hollywood -- before slamming the men at the Golden Globes for not speaking out in support of Time's Up.
"We'd like to make a toast to all the good guys in Hollywood," Munn stated, praising the executives who held meetings in hotel conference rooms and casting directors who didn't make derogatory comments during auditions.
"Thank you to all of the men for speaking up at the Golden Globes," Nash added, before Munn interrupted explaining how "actually, they didn't really say much there."
Lastly, upon accepting the award for Best Picture for The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro continued to thank his leading ladies Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer, writer Vanessa Taylor and president of Fox Searchlight Pictures Nancy Utley for their contributions to the film before making a powerful statement.
"For everyone that has been [un]equal in working with woman, let me show you who stands here with us and made this movie possible," he said turning to his female colleagues. "Sally, Octavia, Vanessa, Nancy. And let me tell you one thing: If you don't do that, you don't know what you're missing!"