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Nicole Kidman Just Gave a Beautiful Emmys Acceptance Speech That Highlighted Domestic Abuse

Big Little Lies had the fiercest cast I’ve ever seen, and following Laura Dern’s Emmy win for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Nicole Kidman took another win for the BLL team by snatching up Best Leading Actress in a Limited Series. I don’t think anyone who saw the hit HBO series is very surprised!

Not only did she look amazing in a power red dress, Kidman basically delivered an impromptu master class in how to give a perfect acceptance speech. The first thank you she threw out was to costar and co-executive producer Reese Witherspoon, saying that she shared the award with her friend. Ladies, find you a best friend that looks at you like Witherspoon looks at Kidman. 

Kidman then addressed the serious nature of the show, highlighting the horrors of domestic abuse and how this violence can be far more common than we acknowledge it to be. 

“Sometimes when you’re acting, you get a chance to bring a bigger message,” she said. “We shine a light on domestic abuse. It is a complicated, insidious disease that exists far more than we allow ourselves to know. It is filled with shame and secrecy, and by you acknowledging me with this award, it shines a light on it even more.”

For mere mortals, following that up would’ve been hard to do, but when Big Little Lies later won for Best Limited Series, both Kidman and Witherspoon emphasized the importance of sharing women’s stories onscreen. 

“It’s been an incredible year for women in television,” Witherspoon said in the pair’s dual acceptance speech. “Thank you for giving us these stories.”

“This is a friendship that then created opportunities,” Kidman said of her bond with Witherspoon. “It created opportunities out of our frustration because we weren’t getting offered great roles, so now, more great roles for women, please. Thank you.”

Women get things done, guys. Congrats to Dern, Kidman and the Big Little Lies cast for their work in this groundbreaking series!

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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