Nicole Kidman Shouts Out Actresses Over 40 In A Powerful SAG Awards Speech

"Twenty years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives."

Nicole Kidman accepted a Screen Actors Guild Award on Sunday for her role in the HBO series Big Little Lies. Just like she did at the Emmy Awards last year, the actress used her speech to send an important message — this time about aging in Hollywood.

"To receive this at this stage of my life is extraordinary, and at this time in the industry when these things are going on, and for this role," Kidman shared, going on to acknowledge her fellow nominees, as well as actresses such as Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, and Judi Dench. "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."

"Twenty years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives," Kidman, who is 50, continued. "That's not the case now. We've proven, and these actresses and so many more have proven that we are potent and powerful and viable."

Of course, ageism in Hollywood is still a problem, and the representation of older women on screen still has a ways to go. Kidman said this is "only the beginning," and shared her hope "that the industry stays behind us, because our stories are finally being told."

Notably, Kidman wasn't the only actress over 40 to take home a statue Sunday night — Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all won in their categories as well.

"I implore the writers, directors, studios, and financiers to put passion and money behind our stories," Kidman said. "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."

Watch Kidman's full speech in the video below:

(H/T: Mashable)

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