Taraji P. Henson won big at the MTV Movie & TV Awards last night, taking home the Best Fight Against The System award on behalf of her film Hidden Figures, and winning the Best Hero award for her role in that movie.
Henson, who is also known for playing Cookie Lyon on the TV show Empire, delivered a powerhouse speech about the importance of equality in representation on the movie screen.
Speaking of Hidden Figures, a movie about the important role played by black female mathematicians at NASA at the outset of the space program, Henson said, “We understood that this a part of history that needed to be reimplemented into the blood and pains of American history.”
It was a good night for Black-Ish, which won the award for Best American story, though a somewhat disappointing night for the movie that led the nominations, Get Out. Despite its critical acclaim, the movie lost out to Beauty and the Beast for Best Film, Daniel Kaluuya failed to clinch the Best Actor award (although he did win in the Next Generation category) and Allison Williams didn’t win best villain, which went to The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan for his portrayal of the baseball-bat wielding Negan.
Get Out went home with just one award to its name, and a thoroughly deserved one at that. Lil Rel Howery won the award for Best Comedy Performance, for his depiction of Rod in Jordan Peele’s directorial debut.
See the full list of winners here.