When Jessica Chastain accepted the very first MVP title ever granted at the Critics' Choice Awards this week, she didn't just give a curtsey and say "thanks." Oooohhhh no.
Chastain, whose career has included films like Zero Dark Thirty, The Help, and most recently, A Most Violent Year, challenged anyone who does nothing to stop the entertainment industry's discriminating ways.
"Today is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday," she said. "So it got me thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry. And to stand together against homophobic, sexist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and racist agendas. I'm an optimist. And I can't help but feel 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."