12 February 2017
Saturday was apparently the night of Empire star, Taraji Henson, as she swept the major prizes at the 48th annual NAACP Image Awards.
At the ceremony held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, Henson went home with two major honours: Outstanding Actress in a Drama series for Empire and Outstanding Actress in a motion picture for Hidden Figures, which also won the award for Outstanding Motion Picture.
Henson and her Hidden Figures co-stars Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer accepted the honours collectively.
While accepting the honours for the Fox hit, Henson delivered a speech complimenting her fellow nominees.
“I know I’m up here getting the award, but the women in the category, we need each other,” she said of her competition for the prize, which included Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Rutina Wesley.
“Without you, I’m nothing… you inspire me, so let’s keep doing this because we’re working and it’s beautiful to watch,” said Henson.
“Thank you to NAACP, thank you to all the fans, that’s all I can say – just thank you.”