Taraji P. Henson disses the Oscars.
Mass Appeal Wire Reports
PASADENA — Take that academy! After winning an NAACP Image Award Friday night for Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series, Taraji P. Henson channeled her inner-Cookie while delivering her acceptance speech. In an effort to rally the troops in the African-American acting community, the 45-year-old thespian implored people of color to not allow themselves to be defined by the lack of recognition at the 2016 Academy Awards. “We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone,” Taraji declared, referencing the diversity controversy with the Oscars. “We are enough!”
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— Naida Deroos (@NaidaDeroos) February 6, 2016
Taraji, who plays Cookie Lyon on the primetime musical drama “Empire,” has been on fire as of late — winning a Golden Globe award in January followed the aforementioned Image Award. But she, along with every other black actor out there, didn’t receive a single nomination at the Oscars.
As a matter of fact, it’s the second consecutive year no actors of color were nominated — sparking massive complaints and boycotts from Will and Jada Smith, Spike Lee and several others.
Other highlights from the Image Awards include: Creed’s Michael B. Jordan took home the award for Best Actor, beating out Will Smith who was nominated for “Concussion.” F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton” won Outstanding Motion Picture and Ice Cube’s son — O’Shea Jackson, Jr. — won an award as a supporting actor. “Empire” came out on top in the category of Outstanding Drama Series with Terrence Howard winning the award for Outstanding Actor. And ABC’s Black-ish collected three awards in honor of Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Marsai Martin.