Lily Gladstone wins history-making SAG Award

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Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon may not be making a major splash during awards season, but star Lily Gladstone most definitely is.

By winning the SAG Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role’, Gladstone became the first indigenous actor to win in the category, which bodes well for her chances of being named ‘Best Actress’ at the upcoming Academy Awards.

For her heart-wrenching performance as Mollie Burkhart, Gladstone emerged victorious in a category that also featured Nyad‘s Annette Bening, Maestro‘s Carey Mulligan, Barbie‘s Margot Robbie, and Poor Things‘ Emma Stone to collect her latest status of a trophy-laden awards season.

During her acceptance speech, the actor encouraged both her SAG-AFTRA peers and those watching at home to continue telling their own stories.

“The win is getting to be here. It’s getting to be on set. It’s getting to tell stories,” she said. “We bring empathy into a world that so much needs it. It’s so easy to distance ourselves. It’s so easy to close off, to stop feeling, and we all bravely keep feeling and that humanizes people, that brings people out of the shadows. It brings visibility.”

Gladstone’s history making success comes after he became the first indigenous performer to win a Golden Globe for ‘Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama’, and the first actor of Native American descent to be nominated for a ‘Best Actress’ Oscar.

Celebrating her victory, Gladstone called for everybody – actor or not – to “keep speaking your truths” in storytelling. “Keep telling stories to everybody in this room, to everybody watching abroad. Those of you who are not actors but have a voice, have a story that needs to be heard,” she continued. “Thank you for all of the compassionate souls in this room and all of the storytellers here tonight. Keep speaking your truths and keep speaking up for each other.”

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