When You’re Beautiful Inside and Out: Mahershala Ali’s Emotional SAG Speech Won the Night

Last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards brought us several timely and passionate speeches from the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Stranger ThingsDavid Harbour, and Hidden Figures‘  Taraji P. Henson. For me (and by the evidence of their tears, several actors), by far the most affecting moments came during Moonlight and Hidden Figures actor, Mahershala Ali intensely personal observations about people who are persecuted, and what happens when instead of turning away from those who are different from us, we give them warmth, understanding, and love.

I post quite a bit about people who are outwardly beautiful, but there is nothing better than seeing someone’s inner beauty burst out and shine in front of the world. Our individuality, our differences give us “… an opportunity to see the texture of that person, the characteristics that make them unique … ” Ali’s words were a powerful lift to we who stand together, and quiet condemnation of those who would use our differences to tear us apart.

And if you haven’t yet seen Moonlight, I implore to you; it is by far my favorite film of 2016.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Editor-in-Chief. Former Senior News Editor at Pajiba.com and published at BUST.

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  • emmalita

    Mahershala’s speech was beautiful.