Yesterday, Jessica Chastain’s accepted the Critics’ Choice Awards very first MVP Award. After thanking everyone involved in the 4 movies she was starred in, she turned her speech to a different topic… DIVERSITY. Now, let’s not beat around the bush. If anyone saw the nominations list for the upcoming Oscars, you’d realize that all the main acting nominees are white. The movie Selma was basically snubbed. The movie itself if up for 2 nominations BUT the actors, producers, directors are no where to be found. Obviously, someone was bound to point that out but I never expected it to be this red haired beauty!
Last night Jessica made a powerful statement and I’m glad she had the desire to speak up! She stated, “Today is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday so it got me thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry and to stand together against homophobic, sexiest, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and racist agendas,” She continued to say, “I’m and optimist and I can’t help but feeling hopeful about the future of film, especially looking at all these beautiful people in this room. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter’ and I would like to encourage everyone in this room to please speak up.”
Take that Hollywood! Bravo to Jessica for standing up and saying something, you the real MVP of the Critics’ Choice Awards!