The 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards is still weeks away, but Gal Gadot is a winner nonetheless. Though cracking over $820 million worldwide with Wonder Woman this year is it’s own reward, the National Advertisers and The CW will be giving Gadot the #SeeHer Award. Director Patty Jenkins will be handing her the award on Jan. 11, live from Santa Monica, Calif. with an 8 p.m. start.
The award itself is still fairly new. When Gadot accepts it, she’ll only be the second to do so after fellow DCEU actress Viola Davis earned the award last year.
Speaking on Thursday, a spokesperson said the #SeeHer Award acknowledges women who “recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape” and who “push boundaries.”
“Gadot broke through this year as a powerful voice advocating for women, not only on screen as the iconic Wonder Woman, but in life as well, using her platform to encourage those in the entertainment industry and beyond to strive for fairness and parity across genders,” the spokesperson added.
The #SeeHer campaign is looking to make strides in entertainment by 2020 — the 100th anniversary of woman gaining the right to vote.
“We’re honored to recognize Gal this year with the second annual #SeeHer Award,” ANA CEO Bob Liodice said in a statement. “Not only was she able to challenge stereotypes in film and find success by starring in one of the biggest blockbusters this year, she also used that success to shine a light on her own industry and push the boundaries on gender equality in real life.”
Still making a push for Oscar recognition, Wonder Woman has already made waves in the box office since its release in June. Gadot won’t be the only one to potentially grace the stage at the Critics’ Choice Awards either. The film earned nominations for Best Action Movie, Best Costume Design and Best Visual Effects.
“Having critics once again recognize the importance of #SeeHer and including the award in the broadcast is another key milestone for the movement. Entertainment plays such a large part in influencing culture. There has never been a more important time to lean in and support our #SeeHer mission of increasing accurate portrayal of girls and women in media. Gal and Patty are role models for our #SeeHer mission,” ANA AFE #SeeHer chairman Stephen Quinn told E! News Thursday, “and we are delighted to have them recognized by the critics and the industry.”
Patty Jenkins will return to direct, co-write, and produce the Wonder Woman sequel with The Expendables co-writer Dave Callaham signed on to pen the film based on a treatment by Jenkins and DC creative chief officer Geoff Johns. Plot details for the Wonder Woman sequel are currently under wraps, though the film is set to follow the Amazonian Princess during the Cold War as she faces off against the Soviet Union in the 1980s.
Wonder Woman 2 is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on November 1, 2019.
Source: E! News