Nicole Kidman’s powerful SAG Awards speech calls out ageism in Hollywood

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After accepting the Screen Actors Guild Award for best female actor in a TV movie or limited series for her role in HBO’s “Big Little Lies” on Sunday night, Nicole Kidman used her acceptance speech to send an important message about aging in Hollywood.

The speech drew a standing ovation from the crowd inside L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium as she called out ageism and sexism, but also praised the entertainment industry for finally embracing women who are older than 40.

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Although the 50-year-old actor had the flu, she accepted her first SAG Award with tears in her eyes, thanking all those who came before her with trailblazing performances that allowed her to be able to give the speech, especially at this point in her life.

“To receive this at this stage of my life is extraordinary, and at this time in the industry when these things are going on and for this role,” Kidman said, going on to acknowledge her fellow “Big Little Lies” nominees Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, as well as other actresses such as Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda and Judi Dench. “I want to thank you all for your trailblazing performances you’ve given over your career, and how wonderful it is that our careers today can go beyond 40 years old.”

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“Twenty years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives,” Kidman continued. “That’s not the case now. We’ve proven, and these actresses and so many more have proven that we are potent and powerful and viable.”

Kidman wasn’t the only woman over 40 to take home a SAG Award this year: Frances McDormand, Allison Janney and Julia Louis-Dreyfus also won in their categories.

You can watch Kidman’s full speech below:


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