The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards ceremony was a great night for Black Women representation as the leading ladies of Hidden Figures as well as Viola Davis scored “Actor” statuettes this past Sunday evening!

Hidden Figures was the huge surprise of the night when it took home the top acting prize, winning Outstanding Performance By a Cast in A Theatrical Motion Picture. Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer graced the stage with their top acting honors. This is major news as the awards season darling, La La Land was not only shut-out of the running for this award, but four of the past six SAG theatrical ensemble winners have gone to win Best Picture at The Academy Awards!  Given the odds, it is sure to be an exciting race!

Henson posted her excitement noting, “The deep love I have for these women… words can NOT express!! #SistersForLIFE SO PROUD OF US!!!”

Davis also scored big at the ceremony and made history by winning the award for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her portrayal in Fences, making her the first Black Actress to receive 5 SAG Awards.  Davis proclaimed in her acceptance awards speech, “We have a story and it deserves to be told.”

“What August did so beautifully is he honored the average man, who happened to be a man of color,” she said at the podium. “And sometimes we don’t have to shake the world and move the world and create anything that is going to be in the history book.”

Congrats to these talented and beautiful Black women and here’s to many more honors!

 

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