In a category stacked with insane talent, the Critics’ Choice award for Best Actress in a Comedy went to hilarious Jenny Slate — and the Obvious Child star didn’t waste the opportunity to speak to the heart of the movie that got her there.
In the controversial film, Slate plays Donna — a 20-something stand-up comedian who, following a drunken one-night stand, learns she is pregnant and decides to have an abortion.
Since the film’s release, Slate has often spoken of how rewarding she found it to act in a film that portrayed a woman’s right to choose, not as the defining moment of her life, but, rather, just a normal part of it — like starting a new job or any other big decision a woman makes.
When Slate took the stage on Thursday night to accept her award, the film’s message was clearly in the forefront of her thoughts.
“Thank you very much for having me here tonight and to the critics for shining a light on our film,” she said. “I am so proud to be in a movie that is joyful and thoughtful and depicts a modern and authentic experience of unplanned pregnancy.”
In the string of thank-yous, Slate doled out one to her parents, whom she praised for “encouraging me to be intelligent and kind and creative,” before addressing the core sentiment of her speech by thanking the people ultimately responsible for Obvious Child.
Impassioned, she thanked Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm, “who wrote this movie and who assert that even while we’re fighting for our rights, we can do so creatively.” She added, “Activism and creative expression can go together.”
Before the times-up music could hustle her off stage, Slate gave out a little cheer, shouting happily, “See you in the future!”
We certainly hope so, Slate. We’ll be holding you to that.