AceShowbiz - %cGal Gadot% will be honored with the #SeeHer Award at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards. The Israeli-born actress, best known for her role as Diana Prince a.k.a. Wonder Woman in Patty Jenkins' film, will receive the special award, with Patty presenting, during the January 11 event which will be broadcast live from Santa Monica on The CW.
In a statement, ANA CEO Bob Liodice said, "We're honored to recognize Gal this year with the second annual #SeeHer Award. Not only was she able to challenge stereotypes in film and find success by starring in one of the biggest blockbusters this year, she also used that success to shine a light on her own industry and push the boundaries on gender equality in real life."
According to a statement released by the Broadcast Film Critics Association on Thursday, December 21, the special award "recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the #SeeHer movement -- to push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape."
The organization explained that "Gadot broke through this year as a powerful voice advocating for women, not only on screen as the iconic Wonder Woman, but in life as well, using her platform to encourage those in the entertainment industry and beyond to strive for fairness and parity across genders."
Following the award announcement, Gal took to her Twitter account to express her gratitude. "Feeling very grateful!" said the brunette beauty and mother of two, "Thank you #ANA and #AFE for this honor."
Gal quickly rose to fame and became an icon for women everywhere after she made her debut as Wonder Woman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in 2016. Speaking to ABC News about the responsibility that she has now as a public figure, she said, "You certainly feel the pressure, this character means so much to so many and you do feel the weight of the responsibility by portraying her."
She also talked about carrying the responsibility of being a good role model. "I think it's because I'm a mother too and I want my girls to have good role models for themselves," said the 32-year-old actress, who is raising her two daughters, Alma, age 6, and Maya, 10 months, with her husband of nearly a decade, Yaron Versano.