‘Empire’s’ Taraji P. Henson Wins Big at Critics’ Choice Award

Taraji P. Henson Critic's Choice Awards

It is Taraji P. Henson’s time.

Sunday night (May 31), the 44-year-old actress attended the fifth annual Critics Choice TV Awards where she nabbed the award for “Best Actress In A Drama Series” for her role as Cookie Lyon on Empire, making her the first African-american woman to win the award.

During her acceptance speech, the fan favorite and single mother of one expressed the importance of taking career risks and making a difference.

“[I] took a risk, and that’s what art is about. I take a risk every time I take a character. And boy, did I take a risk with Cookie.”

She added: “I love awards, they’re great, but this just means I’m touching lives and that’s why I got into acting.”

Henson has had a landmark year in her acting career due to her critically acclaimed performance as the family matriarch on the hit hip-hopera. Fans who can’t get enough of Cookie and the rest of the Lyon family are patiently awaiting the return of Empire. The series returns to FOX with its second season on Sept. 23.

Watch her acceptance speech below!

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