Nicole Kidman made an emotional speech about Hollywood ageism at this evening’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Accepting her award for Best Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series for Big Little Lies, Kidman highlighted the fact that the industry is finally telling—and celebrating—stories about women over forty.
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“Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, my girlfriends first and foremost and my beyond talented acting partners, I share this with you,” Kidman said, addressing her Big Little Lies co-stars, before shouting out several other nominated actresses she admires including Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep.
“I want to thank you all for your trailblazing performances you have given over your career,” a visibly tearful Kidman continued, “and how wonderful it is that our careers today can go beyond 40 years old. Because 20 years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives, so that’s not the case now. We have proven and these actresses and so many more are proving that we are potent and powerful and viable.
“I just beg that the industry stays behind us because our stories are finally being told. It’s only the beginning and I’m so proud to be a part of a community that is instigating this change, but I implore the writers, directors, studios and financiers to put passion and money behind our stories. We’ve proven that we can continue to do this but only with the support of the industry and that money and passion.”
Kidman is currently filming Destroyer with director Karyn Kusama.