Lily Gladstone becomes first Indigenous actor to win a Golden Globe for ‘Killers of The Flower Moon’

Lily Gladstone’s performance in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” earned her the Golden Globe for Best Female Actor—Motion Picture. According to Variety, Gladstone is also the first Indigenous woman to receive the award.

Taking to X, Golden Globe posted a post on their official account and penned, “And the #GoldenGlobes award for Best Female Actor – Motion Picture – Drama goes to… Lily Gladstone for their role on Killers of the Flower Moon! Congrats!”

Gladstone started her victory speech in Blackfeet  language before praising her mother, “who, even though she’s not Blackfeet, worked tirelessly to get our language into our classroom so I had a Blackfeet language teacher growing up.”

She also said, “I’m so grateful I can speak even a little bit of my language, which I’m not fluent in, up here. Because, in this business, Native actors used to speak their lines in English, and the sound mixer would run them backwards to accomplish Native languages on camera,” reported Variety.

She added, “This is a historic win. It doesn’t belong to just me. I’m holding it right now. I’m holding it with all of my beautiful sisters in the film at the table over here, and my mother, standing on all of your shoulders,

Martin Scorsese directed the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone.

Gladstone won for her performance as Mollie Kyle, the Indigenous wife of World War I veteran Ernest Burkhart (DiCaprio) in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon.’ According to Variety, the Scorsese epic follows the real story of the Reign of Terror in 1920s Oklahoma, when members of the Osage Nation were killed by a criminal ring eager to take over their oil and wealth.

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