Jessica Chastain stands up to industry with moving MVP speech

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Chastain accepts the Critics' Choice MVP Award onstage during the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Jessica Chastain, winner of Critics' Choice MVP Award, attends the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CCMA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Chastain accepts the Critics' Choice MVP Award onstage during the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Chastain and actor Chris Pratt (R) speak onstage during the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain attend the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Eddie Redmayne, honoree Jessica Chastain and actor Garrett Hedlund attend the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for A&E Network)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for BFCA)
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Jessica Chastain wowed the Critics' Choice Movie Awards audience Thursday night with a beautiful speech about diversity in the entertainment business.

"Today is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. So it's got me thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry," she said.

" ... 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."

'Critics' Choice': Jessica Chastain Accepts the MVP Award

Chastain was accepting the first-ever Critics' Choice Most Valuable Player Award when she touched on the need for more diversity in Hollywood.

Her speech got a standing ovation from the star-studded audience and even got a "wow" from Oprah Winfrey -- yes, a wow from Oprah. Now that's big. Chastain got a little misty-eyed as she spoke, and she likely wasn't the only celeb in the room moved to tears.

This isn't the first time the "Interstellar" actress has spoken out about real-world issues. She often engages with her fans on social media to discuss Hollywood's problems with race and diversity.

She told The Huffington Post in December, "Everyone is saying there is not enough diversity in the industry. Which makes this an exciting time right now ... When everyone is talking about it, things have to change."

Chastain was honored with the MVP Award for her extraordinary range since making her film debut in 2008.

Inside the Critic's Choice Awards:
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Angelina Jolie and Eddie Redmayne were pictured having a little pow wow ... if only we could've been a fly on the wall. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Jessica Chastain got cozy with another party-goer.(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CCMA)
It was only slightly awkward when Leslie Mann asked Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf in "Frozen," to reenact one of his most famous lines: "Some people are worth melting for." (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
What a power convo! Jessica Chastain and Chris Pratt gabbed over glasses of champagne. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Honoree Ron Howard posed with the Louis XIII Genius Award. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Pol Roger Champagne)
Power couple! Jennifer Aniston looked engaged in the show as she sat beside fiancé Justin Theroux. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CCMA)
Recording artist and actor Common accepted a glass of champagne after accepting his Critics' Choice Movie Award for his work on "Selma." (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Pol Roger Champagne)
Patricia Arquette walked arm-in-arm with Jared Leto after he presented her with an award. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Pol Roger Champagne)
Michael Keaton was more than pleased when he won for "Birdman." High fives for everyone! (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CCMA)
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