At last night's Critic Choice Awards, Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot were finally included in the award season fun, with the film taking home a trophy for Best Action Movie and Gadot receiving the ceremony's second #SeeHer award.
The #SeeHer award, which last year went to Viola Davis, was created to honor women who "push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape." Gadot was presented the award by Jenkins, who said, "in the hands of Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman came back to life in all of her glory and is inspiring to the world again."
Accepting the award, Gadot said, "Wonder Woman also struggles with her own love and hopes, she gets confused, insecure, and she's not perfect. And that's what makes her real. We wanted her to be universal, to be an inspiration to all people all around the world, and our plan was to make sure we didn't give too much attention to the fact that she's a woman."
She also took a moment to highlight the improvements in female representation and the continuing need for more. "The whole process of creating this film inspired me, and I hope we managed to inspire others. Now, when I started acting, there were very few female-led movies, and even fewer female directors. This year, three of the top-grossing films were female-led, and one of them was directed by my wonderful Patty Jenkins. There were eight other films in [the] top 100 which were directed by females. So although this is progress, there is still a long way to go."
Gadot also served as Jenkins' fierce dancing bodyguard. When Wonder Woman won for Best Action Movie, Jenkins heard the not-so-sweet strains of cut-off music. Gadot was not having that.
And when Jenkins continued on anyway, her leading lady was quick with both approval and sick moves.
In or out of costume, Gadot—and Jenkins—is a true Wonder Woman.