By Jason Fraley


That’s how Taraji P. Henson accepted the top prize at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards next to an emotional Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday.

“The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes,” Henson told the crowd. “Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars…These women didn’t complain about the circumstances, the issues. … They focused on solutions…God rest his soul in peace, John Glenn!”

Thus, Henson paid touching homage to NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, whose data-crunching put Glenn into orbit, as “Hidden Figures” won Best Ensemble over nominees “Captain Fantastic,” “Fences,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight.”