Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Best Actress ‑ Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV

    Award 19

    Best Actress ‑ Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV


    Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”

    MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  Oh, thank you so much, first of all, to my “Fosse/Verdon” family and to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  When you put this in someone’s hands, you’re acknowledging the choices that they make as an actor moment by moment, scene by scene, day by day.  But you’re also acknowledging the choices they make as a person, the education they pursued, the training they sought, the hours they put in.  I’m grateful for the acknowledgment of the choices I’m made, and I’m also grateful to have lived at a moment in our society where choice exists, because, as women and as girls, things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice.  I’ve tried my very best to live a life of my own making, not just a series of events that happened to me, but one that I can stand back and look at and recognize my handwriting all over, sometimes messy and scrawling, sometimes careful and precise, but one that I had carved with my own hand.  And I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose.


    To choose when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives, knowing, as all mothers know, that the scales must and will tip towards our children.  Now, I know my choices might look different than yours, but thank God, or whomever you pray to, that we live in a country founded on the principle that I am free to live by my faith and you are free to live by yours.  So, women, 18 to 118, when it is time to vote, please do so in your own self‑interest.  It’s what men have been doing for years.


    It’s what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them.  But don’t forget we are the largest voting body in this country.  Let’s make it look more like us.  Tommy and Matilda, I can’t wait to come home to you.


    QUESTION:  Congratulations.  Incredible speech out there.  It was
              incredible to see.  There was some confusion about sharing with
              clarity that would be wonderful, and we thank you for it.
              MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  No, I said it as I intended to.
              QUESTION:  Hello.  Congratulations, first of all.  How is your
              Jane job project going?
              MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  In the distant future, yeah, good question.
              Long way to go.
              QUESTION:  Michelle.  Hi.  Congratulations.  This speech, your
              Emmy speech, are maybe two of the most personal and inspirational
              and yet prepared for public speeches I've ever heard.  What has
              given you the courage and the insight, and has it been hard for
              you to present yourself in this way?  Because it's very important
              for all of us.
              MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  Thank you so much.  It has been -- by nature
              I'm a shy person, but I'm about to turn 40, and I realized that
              over a great span of time, I've changed and I've become stronger
              and I've become more able and I found my voice and I wanted to be
              able to use it because I know when other people have used their
              voice, I know what a difference it's made in my life.  And I also
              feel like at this age and where I am in my life, I have so much
              to give, and it would be negligent of me to not try from this
              position to hand back everything that was handed over to me.
              QUESTION:  Thank you.
              MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  Thank you.
              QUESTION:  Congratulations.
              MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  Thank you.
              QUESTION:  Someone said your speech was truly incredible, and I
              did want to know if you were speaking on any personal experience
              at all and if there's anything you would like to add to the young
              woman who is not with you today?
              MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  Not really.  Somehow I've managed to fit it
              all into a minute and a half.  That was -- there's so much to
              say, but everything I wanted to say tonight in that way, I think,
              from what I remember, happened up on the stage.  Thanks.
              QUESTION:  Michelle, congratulations.
              MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  Thanks.
              QUESTION:  What Jaynie mentioned about your speech was a parity
              for women in all professions.  Do you feel there's been progress
              on that since your speech, particularly Hollywood, when you've
              seen it firsthand?  And I hope that likewise tonight's speech
              might see change in the not-too-distant future.
              MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  It's hard for me to say because I'm not
              inside of -- I'm not on the inside of everyone's story or what is
              happening and changing in everyone's lives.  I do -- also, all I
              can say is what I know from people coming up to me and the
              experience that I had after giving the speech at the Emmys and
              having women come up to me and talk to me about how it affected
              them or how it helped them or how it changed their -- what they
              asked for from their bosses or bosses coming up to me and saying
              how it changed what they gave to their female employees.  It is
              the greatest professional thing that has ever happened to me, and
              so I felt like tonight, if I was lucky enough to win, I couldn't
              not say something else that was on my mind in the hopes that it
              would -- in the hopes that somebody would hear it.
              QUESTION:  We saw you in Cabaret, and you were fantastic.
              MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  Thank you.
              QUESTION:  So when can we see you again on stage?
              MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  It's the next thing that I -- it's the next
              thing I want to do.  It's the next thing I'm going to do, but
              I've got a little time to take off first.  So yeah.  So, yeah,
              after I take off some time, then that will be the next thing I
              do, is go back and do another play.
              QUESTION:  What is it going to be?
              MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  I'll tell you in a minute.  Thank you.


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