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Jessica Chastain has given us one more reason to love her.

The actress, who is most notably known for her role as Celia Foote in The Help, delivered a heartwarming speech as she accepted the first ever Critics’ Choice MVP Award at last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards.

The 37-year-old beauty, who was accepting the honor for her work in Interstellar, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and Miss Julie took the time to address the issue of diversity in the entertainment industry. After she acknowledged her team for their support, she had this to say about injustices in and out of the industry:

“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,” Chastain said, before the room interrupted in applause, “and to stand together against homophobic, sexist, misogynist, anti-Semitic, and racist agendas.”

After a round of well-deserved applause, she continued:

“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.”

That’s an MVP deserving of the title.

SOURCE: BuzzFeed | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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