Taraji P Henson, an actress that has been truly deserving of a Golden Globe award has finally joined the ranks of the few African American women to be honored with a win. Taraji took home the Golden Globe for the best actress is an Drama series, for her role as Cookie is Fox’s Empire.
Taraji P Henson made everyone a winner of a sweet treat as she walked to the stage for her acceptance speech, handing out cookies to everyone that she passed on the way there. Once reaching the stage, she brought out her Cookie character shouting “Get Off My Train” to the man that assisted her to the stage. Taraji then announced that everyone would be getting cookies tonight as a treat from her.
“Hollywood Foreign Press, thank you. I mean, who knew that playing an ex convict would take me all around the globe. It just goes to show — I thought it would be Queenie, Will, my character from Karate Kid — but it’s Cookie, who spent 17 years in jail for selling crack. So the world loves real, thank you. So many people to thank. My manager… my publicist…Please wrap? “Wait a minute. I waited 20 years for this. You gon’ wait. Yeah, you gon’ give me a little more time.”
Taraji competition for this category was Caitriona Balfe for Outlander, Eva Green for Penny Dreadful, Robin Wright for House of Cards and How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis. At the 2015 Golden Globe Awards Viola Davis and Taraji P Henson were up for this category. Viola won the 2015 award, being the first African American female to win in the category. Taraji has followed is Davis’ steps and proudly takes home the award this year.
Empire was also nominated for Best TV Drama but was beaten out by Mr Robot. When the nominations were announced the show’s creator Ilene Chaiken was proud to have Taraji representing the entire Empire team.
“It’s so great to have Taraji out there again just carrying the flag for ‘Empire,’ which she does all over the world. For us, it just reinforces and galvanizes us to do better and to keep pushing ourselves and to keep being fresh and to keep challenging ourselves. We’re doing something that feels new and fresh and worth taking notice. That’s what it does for us. It fuels us.”
Lee Daniels, the co-creater of Empire, also was honored by the nominations received and mentioned Taraji’s role
“I am humbled by this recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. To everyone tuning in week after week, embracing our stories and characters, I thank you. And a very special thanks to my partner in crime, Danny Strong, and the team that made this happen – cast, crew and everyone at Fox. And Taraji, yes God! Thank you for breathing life into Cookie. Again so humbled and honored.”
Taraji P Henson stated that this win was not just for her but her entire Empire family. Taraji specifically mentioned Terrance, stating that she could not do this without him. Taraji was proud to say that Cookie was nothing without Lucious referencing hers and Terrance’s characters in Empire.
Taraji may have brought some of the Cookie personality to the Golden Globe stage, but she left the Cookie wardrobe on set. Henson was looking stunning tonight in her bespoke ivory strapless dress that was beautifully designed by Stella McCartney. Taraji complimented the dress with her gleaming accessories, a Falabella clutch with a gold enamel chain, Kimberly McDonald earrings set with Gemfields Zambian emeralds. The look was all tied together with her soft makeup and her face fitting lob haircut.
Regardless of rumors of tension on the Empire set, the show still seems to be going strong and everyone is happy to see Taraji P Henson take home a win for the team.
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