At the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, Jan. 15, “Abbott Elementary” star Sheryl Lee Ralph expressed her gratitude to the judges after winning the award for best supporting actress in a comedy series. Her admirers are now praising her.
That’s because Ralph utilized her moment in the spotlight to offer them something greater than any award when she went on stage to receive her award. Ralph gave some inspiring life lessons that everyone may use.
The original Broadway “Dreamgirls” diva nodded to the camera and addressed the camera as she finished up her time on the mike.
“To all of you watching here, come close to the screen and listen,” she said with an intensely serious expression.
“People don’t have to like you,” Ralph continued. “People don’t have to love you. They don’t even have to respect you. But when you look in the mirror, you better love what you see. You better love what you see!”
The in-person audience started applauding right away, and internet reviews followed quickly.
“Sheryl Lee Ralph did more for me in 30 seconds than my therapist in 10 years,” one admirer tweeted.
Another wrote, “Sheryl Lee Ralph is really the greatest motivational speaker of our time.”
“That speech deserves an award,” yet another fan tweeted. “I couldn’t love her more.”
Even renowned actor Viola Davis praised Ralph and the other winners at the event while posting a video clip of Ralph’s remarks to Instagram.