At the 2018 Screen Critics Guild Awards (SAG), Nicole Kidman won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in Big Little Lies.
The Australian darling teared up as she gave an emotional speech about her long career and the Time’s Up movement. “Wow! I’m crying,” she said. “It means a lot to me. I’ve been working since I was fourteen years old… I’m incredibly nervous, because this is reality colliding with fantasy right now,” she admitted. “To receive this at this stage in my life is extraordinary, and at this time in the industry when these things are going on, and for this role.”
After acknowledging the other actresses in the category, including costar Reese Witherspoon, Kidman, 50, gave thanks to the many female actors who have inspired her. “Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, I revere you, I’ve watched you and I’ve learnt from you. And there’s others,” she continued. “Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Judy Davis… I want to thank you all for the trailblazing performances you’ve given over your careers.”
“How wonderful that our careers today can go beyond 40 years old,” she said. “20 years ago we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives. That’s not the case now. We’ve proven that we’re potent, powerful and viable. I just beg that the industry stays behind us because our stories are finally being told.”
She added: “It’s only the beginning. And I am so proud to be a part of a community that is instigating this change. But I employ the writers, the directors, the studios and financiers to put passion and money behind our stories. We have proven that we can do this, we continue to do this, but only with the support of this industry and that money and passion.”
Read the list of winners in our SAG round-up.