Nicole Kidman celebrates older actresses in SAG Awards speech

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Nicole Kidman has spoken out about ageism in the media in her acceptance speech at the SAG Awards. 

Nicole Kidman has won yet another award for her role as Celeste in HBO series Big Little Lies – and this time, she’s used her acceptance speech to big up older women and call out Hollywood’s rampant ageism. 

“To receive this at this stage of my life is pretty extraordinary,” she said. 

Praising other actresses on the shortlist – including Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern – Kidman thanked them for their “trailblazing performances…and how wonderful it is that our careers can go beyond 40 years old.”

“20 years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives. That’s not the case now.”

“We’ve proven that we are potent and powerful and viable. I just beg that the industry stays behind us, because our stories are finally being told. 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.”

Kidman has increasingly used her platform to speak up about social issues – including at this year’s Golden Globes, perhaps the most political Hollywood award ceremony yet. 

“This character that I played represents something that is the centre of our conversation right now: abuse. I do believe and I hope that we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them,” she said during her acceptance speech

“I think it’s so important right now that we’re all together, and that we’re helping each other, and that we can really make change happen, make this place a safer world for all of us, actually, and redefine how we look at the use of power, and what abuse is.”

Image: Rex Features