Taraji P. Henson Chats About Oscar Buzz

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Taraji P. Henson talks about her role in “Benjamin Button”:

In Benjamin Button, which hits theaters nationwide on Christmas Day, she stars as Brad Pitt’s aging mother, a central role that has industry gums flapping. “She’s in a movie that people are saying is an Oscar contender and could be one of the most successful films of the year,” says Sanaa Lathan, her friend and co-star in Tyler Perry’s recent The Family That Preys (Lionsgate).

Director John Singleton, who has worked often with Henson, goes a step further: “They say she’s in Oscar contention.” But Henson demurs. “I really don’t like to think about the Oscars, because I’ve been hearing that since my very first movie, Baby Boy,” she says, aglow in a green and white zebra-striped Veronica M. sundress and sparkly metallic flip-flops. “If God sees it in my future to win, then that’s incredible because that means I’ve touched that many people. But I can’t think about it. What if it doesn’t happen? I leave it up to the stars.”

She can sit there and act cool, but we ain’t. We love Taraji and can’t wait to see her walk across that stage to accept her award. How do Bossip folk feel about the Oscar talk surrounding her role in “Benjamin Button”?

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  • JenniferR


  • Laila

    i think it would be AMAZING if she won because black people RARELY win Oscars, let alone get nominated..

  • jandsmama

    Not so sure this time for Oscar since she wasn’t recognized for a Golden Globe. Regardless, she is fantastic in every role she does. Best of luck Taraji!

  • CaRaMeLBuSitBaBy


  • http://www.olkuntryazzgul.com Toya Anitri

    That would be wonderful for Taraji…She’s a great actress and she deserves it. Hell, she deserved it in that movie with Don Cheadle, “Talk to Me”, where he played the ex-con-turned-radio-deejay…It’s been a long time coming. And it’s her time to shine.

  • ShavonDenise

    She’s been hearing it since Baby Boy?! What? I love you Taraji but the Oscars aint checking for no “urban” performances like that. Like if thats the case, Vivca AND Jada AND Latifah shouldve got nominated for one for Set It Off! Boyz In the Hood shouldve swept the awards and Larenz Tate shouldve won for playing Frankie Lyman AND Dead Presidents! I still think we need a REAL Black Oscars(not the fake NAACP & other awards). Something that will recognize our people on a grand scale like the Oscars do. Im not implying that the Oscars are for Whites because they arent but there are 101 Reese Witherspoons and only one Halle Berry allowed.

  • http://myspace.com/daintygirlgt anitabonita

    I loved her in the movie her lines were great funny and hit perfectly she played her role verrry well along with the rest of the cast. I was wraped up in the film and would love to see any one involved in the film be recognized by someone.

  • Film

    I may have to check The Curious Case out soon.

  • S&J

    I really think you all should go check out Benjamin Button, it was a GREAT movie and Taraji P. Henson deserves an Oscar nod. It was a bit long but I didn’t notice because the movie had such a beautiful message.

  • jandsmama

    ShavonDenise, Terrance Howard was nominated in “Hustle & Flow”…it can happen.

  • BlackLADYDoctor

    I still can’t believe it’s hard out here for a pimp received an oscar. It is hard out there.

    It was priceless seeing Crunchy Black and them in a room filled with all of that botox and loaned out diamonds.

  • Sydney

    I saw this movie this week and loved it — It reminded me a little of Forrest Gump with its personal look at history, star-crossed lovers, etc. I think Ms. Henson did a commendable job in her role.

    Another sister, Viola Davis, is also a standout in “Doubt” with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and if I’m not mistaken, she has also been nominated for a supporting actress Golden Globe. So we may see at least two black women contending for Oscars soon. 🙂

  • Sydney

    Here’s a link to a recent Essence.com story on both ladies, FYI:


  • 7lady

    yes she definitly deserves it! the girl is cold! she jus seem so down to earth. i loved her in that movie when she was a pregnant prostitute, living downsouth lookin all hot and greasy lol! she played that part

  • Shanny

    Saw the movie last night. It was awesome (although 3 hours long) and Taraji did an AWESOME job!The film will definitely be a hit at the Oscars!

  • Film


    You told me you were going to see Doubt yesterday, how was it?

  • Sydney

    Hey Film 🙂

    I saw Doubt yesterday, and I thought it was very well-acted. Viola Davis has a scene in the film, and she put a lot into it. Meryl Streep was mesmerizing as always, as was Philip Seymour Hoffman.

    I never saw the play, so I can’t compare it with the film version, but I thought the movie had many layers and complexities.

  • Sydney

    The on-screen power struggle between Streep and Hoffman was very interesting. . .

  • Sydney

    On a side note, The Curious Case was based on a F. Scott Fitzgerald short story that I’m thinking of reading. . .I hadn’t previously heard of it. I read The Great Gatsby, but that was years ago. . .

  • Film

    Is that your families’ tradition to watch a film after a holiday? I remember you saying you saw Four Christmases after thanksgiving.

  • Sydney


    LOL, yes, we like seeing movies during the holidays, and as long as I can remember, we’ve always seen a movie on Christmas Day, usually before dinner.

  • BE

    Sydney – who is that in your gravie?

  • Sydney

    I thought The Curious Case was a good holiday movie — It had some humorous moments, a love story, family-related themes, and, yes, some sadness as well. It’s also the best Brad Pitt movie I’ve seen to date — I forgot it was him in the movie. He really went through a metamorphosis.

  • Sydney

    Hey BE!

    That’s Rosa Parks after she was arrested for not giving up her seat on the bus.

  • BE

    Okay, now I understand, I wasn’t sure that was you with a convict in your gravie!

    Hope your Christmas was good!

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