And while Campion admitted getting to know “wonderful women” on Sunday night, she addressed the Williams sisters. She said, “Venus and Serena, you are a marvel. However, you don’t play against players, as I should.”
Campion’s apology says, “You made a thoughtless comment that equals what I do in the movie world with all that Serena Williams And the Venus Williams achieved. It was not my intention to underestimate these two legendary black women and world class athletes. The truth is, the Williams sisters have actually fought squarely against men on (and off) the court, raising the bar and opening doors for what’s possible for women in this world. The last thing I would do is belittle the amazing women. I love Serena and Venus. Their achievements are gigantic and inspiring. Serena and Venus, I apologize and fully celebrate you both.”
Williams attended the ceremony in support of the film King Richard, about their father, Richard Williams, who was his sweetheart in awards season. Will Smith won Best Actor for his role as Richard Williams last night.
Likewise, for Campion, her critically acclaimed movie dog power It won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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