The award ‘recognises a woman who embodies the values set forth by the SeeHer movement, to push boundaries on changing stereotypes and acknowledge the importance of authentic portrayals of women across the entertainment landscape.’
In an award season that has been filled with empowering speeches from Michelle Williams’s pro-choice Golden Globes speech to Phoebe Waller Bridge’s winning dedication to Jennifer Lopez. Now, at the Critic’s Choice Awards 2020Frozen star, Kristen Bell has delivered another inspiring acceptance speech after winning the #SeeHer award.
Accepting the award from her The Good Place co-star, Ted Danson, after the show’s final series aired on Netflix, the mother of two said, “‘Sometimes I do get asked, “What does it mean to be a woman today?” And I respond always by asking them to repeat the question so I can buy more time, because it’s a really, really hard question. My immediate reaction is always to answer with words like strong and brave and powerful.”
Kristen continued by saying, “But if I’m being honest, to me, being a woman isn’t about being strong or being brave or being powerful. It isn’t about being anything specific. It is just about giving yourself permission to be the things you already are.”
“Which seems very easy, but it is not, because women have been conditioned to fit into boxes. Usually tiny, pretty sparkly boxes, with bows on them generally,” who voices the character of Anna in Disney’s Frozen and Frozen II.
Kristen went on to say that she doesn’t wanted to be limited to specific boxes or gender stereotypes, “The idea of womanhood is someone who sheds the perfect little box and owns their complexity and I’ve been really lucky to be able to play some really complex women. Nobody is just one thing. We are all of the things. So, thank you for this, the reminder to see her and see myself in total, the brave parts, and the cowardly parts and even the parts that cry at sloths.”
The reference to the sloth paid reference to the now-viral video of Kristen being surprised with a sloth on her birthday by her partner, Dax.
As the award season rolls ever closer to the BAFTAs and the Oscars, we hope we get more empowering speeches such as Kristen’s.