Acceptance Speech by Taraji P. Henson at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
January 29, 2017
Listen. Oh, my God. Steady yourself, heart. Talk to me, God.
Listen. This film is about unity. We stand here as proud actors, thanking every member of this incredible guild for voting for us and recognizing our hard work. But the shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson.
Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars. These women did not complain about the problems, their circumstances, you know, the issues. We know what was going on in that era. They didn’t complain. They focused on solutions. Therefore, these brave women helped put men into space.
We cannot forget the brave men that also worked with us. God rest his soul in peace, John Glenn.
This story is of unity. This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside and we come together as a human race. We win. Love wins every time.
Thank you so much for appreciating the work we have done. Thank you so much for appreciating these women. They are hidden figures no more.
Thank you. Thank you. Oh, my God.