Golden Globes 2016: Taraji P. Henson Keeps It Real

Taraji P. Henson awarded 2016 Golden Globe for Best Performance.

Taraji P. Henson awarded 2016 Golden Globe for Best Performance.

Last Sunday, January 10th  at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards renowned actress Taraji P. Henson was awarded a Golden Globe for “Best Performance” in a Television Series Drama in recognition of her role as the indomitable Cookie Lyon on the hit series Empire.

Henson was chosen for Best Performance from a list of nominees that included: Caitriona Balfe from “Outlander,” Viola Davis from “How to Get Away with Murder,” Eva Green from “Penny Dreadful” and Robin Wright from “House of Cards.”

Taking the stage, after handing out actual cookies to her fellow guest including Lady Gaga and Leonardo  Dicaprio, Henson explained her surprise that with all the roles that she has held, it was ironic that she won a Golden Globe for playing Cookie, saying:

“Who knew that playing an ex-convict would take me all around the globe?”

Henson went on to explain that she always thought it would be other characters, such as Queenie from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button or her character from The Karate Kid that would earn her the honor of an award, adding:

“It’s Cookie who spent 17 years in jail for selling crack. Okay! So the world loves real.”

Witty, sassy, and original to the end, Henson jokingly mocked the attempt to cut her speech short, saying that as long as she waited for that moment she meant to take full advantage of it.

“I waited 20 years for this. You’re going to wait.”

While Henson’s raw humor and matter of fact nature may have rubbed some the wrong way, it was all meant in jest. But, it still must be noted that all jokes have some truth to them and her recognition has been a long time coming.

Henson ended her speech by thanking Lee Daniels, the network, her family, and a touching message to her co-star Terrence Howard.

“Terrence Howard, I am nothing without you. Cookie is nothing without Lucious.”

This post was written by Reginald Calhoun. He is a senior Mass Media Arts major at Clark Atlanta University. Follow him on Twitter @IRMarsean and on Instagram @Les_geaux_jawn.