Awarded best actress in a mini-series or television film, Williams had disregarded ceremony host Ricky Gervais’ request that industry leaders not “use the platform to make a political speech” Sunday night, demanding at the podium that female audience members “vote in [their] own self-interest” to bolster abortion access in the U.S.
Were it not for the “right to choose,” the pregnant Hollywood sweetheart claimed, her career would never have flourished to its full potential.
“I’ve tried my very best to live a life of my own making and 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,” Williams said. “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,” Williams continued to thunderous applause and teary-eyed looks from her fellow actresses.