The 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards took place this past Sunday, January 14th, 2024 where America won the SeeHer Award. According to the Critics Choice, the SeeHer Award “honors a woman who advocates for gender equality, portrays characters with authenticity, defies stereotypes and pushes boundaries.” Both Margot Robbie and America Ferrera gave beautiful speeches that left the audience teary-eyed.
Margot Robbie, actress of the sensational movie “Barbie” introduced her co-star and friend and gave a beautiful speech about all the wonderful work that America has done in the past and lists many reasons as to why she is deserving of this award. In her speech, she mentions the roles she has had previously and how these roles “defy stereotypes, push boundaries, and inspire the next generation to see themselves as they are.” She mentions her role in “Ugly Betty” where she played a Latina character and she became the first and only Latina to win the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy. She mentions how being the first in this award can be isolating and put pressure on you, but continues to push boundaries and has made a remarkable job in the movie “Barbie” where she gave a speech that continues to impact the audience, specially women.
Watch the moment America receives her award here:
America proceeds with her speech, mentioning that she started working over 20 years ago and how “it seemed impossible that anyone could make a career portraying fully dimensional Latina characters.” She continues to thank those who have believed in her and to defy biases, which has led to Latina women to be represented in films. America specially mentions the movie “Barbie” and how this movie has given a place for women to feel empowered.
“To me, this is the best and highest use of storytelling to affirm one another’s full humanity, to uphold the truth that we are all worthy of being seen — Black, brown, Indigenous, Asian, trans, disabled, any body type, any gender,” Ferrera said.
She ends her speech saying “This is for every kid yearning to break in, I see you, and you got this.”
America Ferrera is a Latina actress that has made the Latino community proud with her work. She has received recognitions including the 2023 Glamour Woman of the Year.