Thank you to the critics for this amazing honor and recognition, and thank you so much, my friend, my sister, Patty, for your beautiful words. I'm blown away to be standing up here in a room filled with so many people who I look up to, respect, and admire. Throughout my career, I was always asked to describe my dream role. And it was clear to me that I wanted to portray a strong and independent woman — a real one. The irony in this is that later, I was cast as Wonder Woman, and all of these qualities I looked for, I found in her. She's full of heart, strength, compassion, and forgiveness. She sees wrong that must be made right, She takes action when everyone around her is idle. She commands the attention of the world. In doing so, she sets a positive example for humanity.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 inspirational 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. 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.Patty just shared an anecdote with me. Someone told her that his three-year-old saw the movie, and when the movie ended, the boy said, "When I grow up, I want to be a woman!" 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.
In the past weeks and months, we've been witnessing a movement in our industry and society, and 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. My promise and commitment to all of you is that I will never be silenced, and we will continue [to] band together to make strides, uniting for equality. Thank you very, very much.