Gal Gadot's speech at CCA focuses on gender equality


Gal Gadot, star of "Wonder Woman" gave an impassioned and necessary speech at the award show Thursday night during her aceeptance of the #SeeHer award.

"Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins presented her with the #SeeHer Award, honouring the actress for challenging female stereotypes on screen and off.

The image of Gadot, who starred in last year's action thriller "Wonder Woman", in a blue sash dress by Saab was accompanied by a description of the former Israel Defence Forces combat trainer as "flawless", the BBC on Friday reported. Last year it was Viola Davis and this year Gal Gadot took the trophy and honor home. She's full of heart, strength, compassion and forgiveness. "One. Single. One. No", Gadot said, forcing Fallon to break the rules and verbally inform her that he's going to act out the first word.

She also took a moment to highlight the improvements in female representation and the continuing need for more. The director said of Gal, "She knew the great importance of this character and what she could mean to the world if well done".

The whole process of creating this film inspired me, and I hope we managed to inspire others. "There were eight other films in [the] top 100 which were directed by females", she added. So although this is progress, there is still a long way to go.

Gadot shot to stardom in 2017 following her leading role in Marvel's "Wonder Woman" - a movie banned in Lebanon after its release in May as part of the country's boycott of Israel. "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. So as artists, and as filmmakers, I believe it's not only our job to entertain, but our duty to inspire and educate for love and respect. "We will continue to band together to make strides uniting for equality". When Wonder Woman won for Best Action Movie, Jenkins heard the not-so-sweet strains of cut-off music. Both Jenkins and Gadot are on board to return for Wonder Woman 2, which is scheduled to hit theaters November 1, 2019.