“Steady yourself, heart. Talk to me, God,” actress Taraji P. Henson said as she stood on stage alongside her cast mates; SAG trophy close to her chest. Actresses Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae stood with their arms locked and eyes filled with joyful tears. The Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture wasn’t just a moment of triumph for Hidden Figures, this was a moment for all black women.
Hidden Figures tells the true story of how three African American women transcended the odds to successfully assist astronaut John Glen into orbiting around the earth. It’s not that often you see a movie starring three smart and forward-thinking black women. That alone sets this movie apart.
Henson’s speech reinforced the purpose behind the movie and highlighted three women who played pivotal roles in the advancement of space travel during the 1960s. She used this opportunity to shed light on women whose stories would not be told otherwise.
Henson spoke in a slow and steady tone as to ensure her message was heard clearly. She humbly pays homage to the brave women of Hidden Figures:
“The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson. Without them we would not know how to reach the stars.”
As her speech comes to a close, Henson projects over the crowd’s clapping hands to say:
“Thank you so much for appreciating the work we’ve done, thank you so much for appreciating these women. They are hidden figures, no more!”
Watch the amazing video below:
What a historical moment!
This win pushed Hidden Figures to the forefront as a top contender in the upcoming Oscars battle for the highly anticipated Best Picture award. There just might be more historical moments in the works for the movie.
Written By: DannieOnAir