Taraji P. Henson may have wanted that Emmy win for Best Actress in a Drama, but she was happy that Viola Davis took the award home. “It was bittersweet, you know what I mean, because we all want to make history and be important to society and everything,” Henson said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” today.
“But then I thought about it. I was like, ‘It’s 2015 and we have a black president and no black woman has ever won in this category. Like, this is weird.’ So, when I went into it and I knew I was being nominated alongside of Viola, I just thought to myself, ‘God, just please give it to one of us so we will never have to say that again. You know, let’s just break this barrier down and keep on pushing.'”
“I think the universe is happy. Viola deserved that award. And, honestly, I would have felt weird if I would had gotten it over her. You know what I mean?” Henson said. “She’s been doing it longer. You’ve just got to give respect and know when your time is.”
In the end making history was more important than an individual’s win! Viola’s win and that Harriet Tubman quote is still giving me the chills. Taraji is a gracious loser and that’s just as humbling! She’ll be next!
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