Steven Spielberg on Time's Up: "This Is More Important Than Any of Us Can Ever Realize"

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The director was speaking at the U.K.'s Empire Awards, where he was presented with the Legend of Our Lifetime honor.

The Time's Up movement has received a boost from arguably the biggest director on the planet.

Steven Spielberg, speaking at the Empire Awards in London on Sunday night, praised the campaign against sexual harassment, describing it as a "watershed moment" for the industry. 

"It's been a rich and diverse year for film and for gender and for race and for speaking out," he said on collecting the Legend of Our Lifetime award. "Thank you, Time's Up. We were very much on board from the very beginning, my wife Kate and I. This is more important than any of us can ever really realize."

Spielberg — who revealed that he would start shooting the fifth Indiana Jones installment in the U.K. in April 2019 — said he hoped Time's Up would mark the "end of the way things were."

Alongside Spielberg, the Empire Awards saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi win the best film honor, with Rian Johnson claiming the best director and Daisy Ridley the best actress awards. Ridley was also on hand to present Mark Hamill with the Empire Icon award. 

Hugh Jackman won best actor for Logan, using the opportunity on stage to thank his wife via FaceTime, acknowledging that she never wanted him to go for the role of Wolverine 20 years ago. His Logan co-star Dafne Keen was voted best female newcomer. 

The best British film honor, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, was claimed by indie hit God's Own Country.