NICOLE KIDMAN: Oh, wow. Yikes. I'm crying. Means
a lot to me. I've been working since I was 14 years old.
Thank you SAG-AFTRA for giving me this. I'm incredibly nervous
because this is reality colliding with fantasy right now.
I was working until 1:00 a.m. -- which is a fantastic
blessing -- last night. But I had the flu, and I'm playing a
pretty "out there role" character right now, so I've had a
little trouble shedding it. But I'm here. And I'm incredibly
To receive this at this stage in my life is
extraordinary. And at this time in the industry when these
things are going on, and for this role.
I would like to acknowledge the other actresses in
this category. Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, my girlfriends
first and foremost, but my beyond-talented acting partners. I
share this with you.
And also, I wanted to say Susan Sarandon and -- and
Jessica Lange, I revere you. I've watched you, and I've
learned from you. And there's others. Meryl Streep, Jane
Fonda, Judy Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Judy Dench. The list is
so long, and I would love to say so many more names, but I
can't right now. But 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. Because 20 years ago, we were pretty washed-up by
this stage in our lives. So that's not the case now. We've
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 -- that is
instigating this change. But I implore the writers, directors,
studios and fanciers to put passion and money behind our
We have proven that we can do this. We can continue
to do this, but only with the support of this industry and that
money and passion.
So also, I do have trailblazers in my life. Susan
Batson, you give me so much. Kevin Persari [phonetic
spelling], Chris Leslie [phonetic spelling], Michelle Katie
[phonetic spelling], Miranda Lizzy [phonetic spelling], Wendy
Allen [phonetic spelling], I love you.
And to my family: I am nothing without you.
What a blessing, and thank you to all the actors that
gave me the chance to say this.