Actress Taraji P. Henson was a big winner at last night’s 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.
The 44-year actress walked away with the Best Actress in a Drama Series statuette for her role of Cookie Lyons on Fox’s break-out hit Empire, beating out stiff competition that included Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Eva Green (Penny Dreadful), Keri Russel (The Americans), and Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel).
Taraji’s win was apparently one for the history books, as she is officially the first African American woman to win the award for Lead Actress.
Taraji was emotional and funny during her acceptance speech, thanking Fox for taking a chance on Empire, and playfully poking fun at those who have referred to her as “new talent” despite her 18+ years in the business, and an Oscar nomination.
You can view Taraji’s speech below.
Other Brown Sista winners include:
Bessie: Best Movie Made for Television
Lorraine Toussaint: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Orange is the New Black)