IT WAS a night of triple celebration for actress and singer Janelle Monàe who earned a SAG Award and two African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Awards for her roles in Oscar-nominated films, Hidden Figures and Moonlight.
Hidden Figures, which also stars Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer, depicts real-life African-American engineers at NASA during a segregated period in the country’s history.
Janelle plays Mary Jackson, a mathematician and aerospace engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), shared the Best Cast gong at the SAG Awards with her co-stars.
The film has gone on to take over $100 million at the box office against a budget of $25 million.
On the same night, it was also announced that the 31-year-old won best Breakout Performance at the AAFCAs.
The latter was also in recognition Janelle’s role in Moonlight for which she also received widespread praise.
In Moonlight Janelle plays the character of Teresa, a surrogate mother to a black gay boy with few escape routes from loneliness and violence.
“Thank you @theaafca! There’s nothing like tribe affirmation,” Janelle wrote on Twitter. “It was an honour to bring these two queens to the screen.”
Hidden Figures also won Best Ensemble at the AAFCAs, taking Janelle’s haul to a total of three.