Golden Globes 2021: Fonda’s Moving Speech for Lifetime Achievement Award


Watch Jane Fonda’s Moving Speech at the 2021 Golden Globes

Jane Fonda, Oscar-winning Actress, international star, and political activist, was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Life Achievement Award at the 2021 Golden Globes. In a remote ceremony, Fonda appeared onstage at the show Sunday night to accept her award.

In her speech, which was one of the evening’s most touching moments, Fonda turned the attention away from herself and onto the nominees this year.  She highlighted both the diversity of the films and television series recognized (or not recognized) that made her empathize with people of all backgrounds.

“Just this year, Nomadland helped me feel love for the wanderers among us,” Fonda said, “and Minari opened my eyes to the experience of immigrants dealing with the realities of life in a new land, and Judas and the Black MessiahSmall AxeUnited States vs. Billie HolidayMa Rainey and One Night in Miami and others have deepened my empathy for what being Black has meant. Ramy helped me feel what it means to be Muslim American.”

She concluded: “There’s a story we’ve been afraid to see and hear about ourselves in this industry,” Fonda said. “The story about which voices we respect and elevate and which we tune out. It’s about who’s offered a seat at the table and who was kept out of the rooms where decisions are made. So that’s all of us, including all the groups who decide who gets hired and what gets made and who wins awards. Let’s all of us make an effort to expand that tent, so that everyone rises and everyone’s story has a chance to be seen and heard.”

She went on: “Doing this simply means acknowledging what’s true, being in step with the emerging diversity that’s happening because of all those who marched and fought in the past and those who picked up the baton today. After all, art has always been not just in step with history but has led the way. So let’s be leaders. OK? Thank you.”