Congratulations are in order for Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson! The actress has made Hollywood history by becoming the first Black woman to win Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards for her role as the witty, feisty Cookie Lyon on Fox’s hit musical drama Empire!
Taraji, who has over 20 years in the game under her belt, reportedly gave a genuine, heart-felt, and comical acceptance speech. “Yeah, I get to live my twenties again!” she joked in reference to everyone who has referred to her as a “new talent” since Empire’s huge success. “Thank you,” she added. “I dont know what to say. Fox, you’re bold, you took a shot, you took a risk. Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, you’re bold, I love you for it, you’re crazy like me, I like it. Terrance Howard, wherever you are, I love you. Critics, thank you for recognizing my hard work.”
Let’s go, Taraji! Keep up the great work!