On stage, she said being a woman means being: "Unappreciated. Underused and ill-used. Undervalued." She also told those assembled:
"I resent in my life the survival of some very mediocre male actors and the professional demise of some very brilliant female ones… However, with all due respect to you many brilliant and successful women in this room… really not too much has changed in the canon of Hollywood filmmaking that continues to worship at the altar of the 18 to 25-year-old male and his penis.
Quite small, I always think."
Below, her excellent, eloquent speech:
In addition, Mirren was asked about how so much is made of her looks. On always being called beautiful, she said she feels:
"A bit cross, actually. We have to let go of this crap. It creates even more pressure on women, and I certainly don't want to be a part of that. I'm not beautiful; I clean up nice.
Why don't we talk about the fact, for example, that I just did Arthur, and the cinematographer was a woman, the film operator was a woman, the whole camera team were women? That's where we should be putting our attention. The fact that I look good at the age I am is bloody irrelevant."
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