Meryl Streep Wins Best Actress At NBR Awards, Gives Speech In Support Of Both Men And Women

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2018 is all about female empowerment, which was made clear by the creation of the #TIMESUP movement, and support through the “black dress” attire at the Golden Globe Awards, not to mention Oprah’s epic speech that night.  Now, Meryl Streep is continuing the conversation, but in a slightly different way, as only she could do.

On Tuesday (Jan. 9), Streep took the stage at the National Board of Review Awards dinner in New York City to accept the award for Best Actress for her role in The Post. While many stars at the Globes used their speeches to talk to women about change, Streep took the opportunity to acknowledge and address both genders, and it was equally as powerful.

“I love men,” Streep started her speech (via USA Today). “Yeah, I know it’s the year of the woman and everything, but all of my mentors have been men.”

Streep then pointed out that her film The Post focuses on the dynamic between strong females and males working together at The Washington Post (in 1971) to make a historic decision regarding the publishing of the Pentagon Papers. That dynamic is what she hopes we can all strive for — one of community.

“Our film, in this very fraught moment, is about the best working situation between a man and a woman — where respect and devotion to the work is paramount,” Streep continued. “Honestly, in my 40 years of making movies, that’s been my experience almost all the time.”

Before signing off, the legendary actress threw in an anecdote that came from Daniel Ellsberh, who was the whistle-blower from the Pentagon Papers. He said to her, “You know, this moment for women? This #MeToo? This Time’s Up? This is your Pentagon Papers moment.” Streep then ended on a girl-power high-note saying, “I think the movie really did meet its moment in time, and the time’s up. So let’s go, girls!”

Streep wasn’t the only fierce female who took home an award last night, the full list of winners is below:

Best film: The Post

Best director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Best actor: Tom Hanks, The Post

Best actress: Meryl Streep, The Post

Best supporting actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Best supporting actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Best original screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Best adapted screenplay: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist

Best animated feature: Coco

Best breakthrough performance: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Best directorial debut: Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best foreign language film: Foxtrot

Best documentary: Jane

Best ensemble: Get Out

Spotlight Award: Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father; John Ridley, Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992

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