Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has been selected to receive the #SeeHer Award at the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards to be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Viola Davis was the winner of the first-ever #SeeHer Award in 2016, an award which “recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the #SeeHer movement — to push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape.”
Gal Gadot was selected as the 2017 recipient after she “broke through this year as a powerful voice advocating for women, not only on screen as the iconic Wonder Woman, but in life as well, using her platform to encourage those in the entertainment industry and beyond to strive for fairness and parity across genders,” according to the BFCA and BTJA.
The 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards will take place at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA, and will be broadcast live on the East Coast at 8pm ET/PT on The CW Network.
“We’re honored to recognize Gal this year with the second annual #SeeHer Award,” said Association of National Advertisers (ANA) CEO Bob Liodice who’s partnering with The CW to honor Gadot. ANA spearheads the #SeeHer movement which launched in early 2016. “Not only was she able to challenge stereotypes in film and find success by starring in one of the biggest blockbusters this year, she also used that success to shine a light on her own industry, and push the boundaries on gender equality in real life.”
“Having critics once again recognize the importance of #SeeHer and including the award in the broadcast is another key milestone for the movement,” added ANA AFE #SeeHer Chair Stephen Quinn. “Entertainment plays such a large part in influencing culture. There has never been a more important time to lean in and support our #SeeHer mission of increasing accurate portrayal of girls and women in media. Gal and Patty are role models for our #SeeHer mission, and we are delighted to have them recognized by the critics and the industry.”
Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins holds the record as the highest-grossing live-action feature film to be directed by a female. The film’s earned more than $820 million worldwide and currently sits at 92% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
The annual Critics’ Choice Awards are voted on by members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and Broadcast Film Critics Association. The BTJA and BFCA are made up of journalists and critics who cover films and/or television on a regular basis.
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Despite the strides made to accurately portray women and girls in media, an unconscious bias persists against women and girls in advertising, media, and programming. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) launched the #SeeHer initiative in June 2016 in a partnership with The Female Quotient, after the Obama administration announced the elimination of gender bias in media as critical to the nation’s future. #SeeHer’s mission is to accurately portray all women and girls in media by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the U.S. For more information, visit www.SeeHer.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.