Michelle Williams had a tough battle in the lead actress, limited series category from the start. This year's batch of nominees was particularly excited, including Patricia Arquette, Amy Adams and Aunjanue Ellis of When They See Us, among others. In the end, though, the prize went to Williams – proving once again that his spectacular performance as Gwen Verdon was much more than one of this year's most beloved memes, but the kind of deep performance that requires recognition.
"I see this as a recognition of what is possible when a woman is able to discern her own needs, feels safe enough to express them and respected enough to be heard," Williams said on stage as he accepted the award. . “When I asked for more dance lessons, I did hear…. More voice lessons, yes … All of these things took effort and cost more money, but my bosses never assumed they knew better than me.
Fosse / Verdon marks the first big nominations Williams received for television work – an excellent "welcome back" to the small screen industry after Williams' long stint as Jen Lindley at Dawson's Creek. His performance is a highlight of TV of the year and, with a gesture of Williams, became a memeOne of the greatest honors the internet can bestow. Throughout the season, Williams and Clarkson were the main winners of this award – but Arquette also ran for the supporting actress, series limited to playing Dee Dee Blanchard in The Act, for which she won. So both actors left the show with honors.
As Williams noted in her speech, it was in Fosse / Verdon that she first earned the equal salary for which so many artists fiercely, publicly struggled in recent years. "Because," said Williams, "they understand when you put value on a person, it allows them to come into contact with their own inherent value."
"The next time a woman, and especially a woman of color – because she earns 52 cents compared to her white male counterpart – says what she needs to do her job, listen to her," Williams said. "Believe her, because one day she may stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of the work environment and not despite it."
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