Taraji P. Henson Accepted Best Fight At The MTV Movie Awards — With This Powerful Twist

"This movie was bigger than all of us."

In a passionate acceptance speech at Sunday night's MTV Movie & TV Awards, Taraji P. Henson once again showed the importance of her film Hidden Figures.

This year's event featured a few big changes — besides the inclusion of television in a ceremony that has historically been exclusive to film. For starters, MTV introduced the first genderless acting categories, a milestone Best Actor winner Emma Watson acknowledged in her acceptance speech.

The awards also changed the classic Best Fight category, which originally celebrated film's best action sequences, into Best Fight Against the System. Nominees included movies and TV series that address important issues: Get Out, Loving, Luke Cage, and Mr. Robot. Ultimately, the award went to box office success Hidden Figures.

Henson took the stage to accept the award, which was presented by Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. "This movie was bigger than all of us," Henson said, and went on to share why making the film was so meaningful to her:

For me, it was very important, because I grew up with an understanding — no one ever told me that girls couldn't do math and science, but there was an understanding it was for boys. So I remember getting this script and being very upset, because I felt like a dream was stolen from me. And it became my mission, and everyone's mission who was involved with this film, to dispel that myth so that another young girl would not grow up thinking that her mind wasn't capable of grasping math and science. If it were not for these women, we wouldn't be in space.


Henson, who also won the award for Best Hero for playing NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, went on to preach the movie's message of "togetherness," and encouraged us to embrace our differences. "I hate the separatism," she said. "I hate that it's man vs. woman, Black vs. White, gay vs. straight. Whatever. We're all humans, right? God is very clever. He made us all different for a reason, so we better figure it out."

The rest of the ceremony certainly embraced Henson's message with a diverse set of winners. Best Kiss, for example, went to a same-sex pair — Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome of Moonlight. "This represents more than a kiss," Sanders said. "This is for those that feel like the others, the misfits. This represents us."

Additionally, Black-ish won the award for Best American Story, and Vin Diesel accepted the Generation Award for the Fast & Furious movies by saying, "I gotta thank a generation that was willing to accept this multicultural franchise where it didn't matter what color your skin was or what country you were from. When you're family, you're family."

Watch Henson's full speech in the video below:

(H/T: Hello Giggles)


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