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Brie Larson’s MTV Awards speech reminds us there’s room for everyone at the feminist table

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Christobel Hastings
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Whilst collecting her award for Best Fight at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, Brie Larson honoured the stunt doubles who helped make female superhero history. 

She blazed a trail as the first female superhero to get a standalone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, pushes tirelessly for equal representation of women and ethnic minorities on screen, and is a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ community. But Brie Larson doesn’t just play at superhero status, she puts it into practice.

Case in point: the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards on Monday night, where the Captain Marvel star took to the stage flanked by two of her stunt doubles from the Marvel blockbuster.

Showing the world what representation really looks like in action, the Oscar winner invited her stunt doubles and trainers, Joanna Bennett and Renae Moneymaker, onstage to share the spotlight as she collected her win for Best Fight.

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Larson, who was honoured with her first golden popcorn statuette in recognition of her epic fight scene against the alien sniper Minn-Erva (played by Gemma Chan) in Captain Marvel, took a moment to celebrate her stunt doubles’ work in bringing her superhero character to life.

“I wanted to take this moment to thank the two women standing here beside me,” Larson said. “These are the women who trained me and were also the stunt doubles for ‘Captain Marvel.’ I could not have made this film without them. They are the baseline for who she is. They are the living embodiment of ‘Captain Marvel.’”

Larson wasn’t only on stage to give her acceptance speech, though. She then stepped back and passed the microphone to Bennett and Moneymaker, who in turn thanked Larson for acknowledging the stunt community.

““It was such an honour to work on this film and be part of bringing such a strong female character to life and to be able to do it together was just such a special experience for all of us,” Bennett said. “It’s truly a rare acknowledgment and it means so much to the both of us and to the entire stunt community.”

“Joanna and I actually grew up together,” Moneymaker continued. “As young girls we wanted to be just like Lara Croft and G.I. Jane, so it’s a real honour to be a part of this character and hopefully pass along some of that inspiration and strength that those iconic women brought to us.”

While everyone was feeling inspired by the behind-the-scenes representation, Sandra Bullock carried the theme of female empowerment forward when she paid tribute to female heroes such as Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel in her acceptance speech for Most Frightened Performance. Petition for a Larson and Bullock spinoff, anyone?

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