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Taraji P. Henson Addresses Not Being Nominated For A Golden Globe Award: “I Didn’t Come To Hollywood To Chase After Awards”

Taraji P. Henson speaks out about being overlooked for a Golden Globe nomination for her role in ‘The Color Purple.’

In a recent exclusive interview with VIBE, Henson, portraying Shug Avery in the musical adaptation of the 1985 film, expressed her feelings about the omission.

“I have a different idea about awards. The people are my awards,” Henson admitted. “The reactions and the lives that are changed through my gift, my talent, whatever story that I touched or told — that’s my award. Trophies … yes, we want to lift each other up, and I’m honored and I’m always grateful when I’m recognized by my peers, but that’s not what drives me.”

She added, “I didn’t come to Hollywood to chase after awards. I came to Hollywood to chase after people’s hearts and change people’s minds and perceptions about groups of people that look like me. That’s what’s more important to me than anything.”

Having already been affectionately labeled as a “guide” and “voice box” on set by Danielle Brooks, Henson revealed that Fantasia has also referred to her as their “live Oscar.”

“That right there means more to me than any man-made trophy,” she added. “This is no disrespect to the Academy. I love the Academy. I’m a part of the Academy. I vote, I participate, and that’s why I can cheer people on. Because honestly, I don’t even understand how you can judge art. But it’s a part of the industry and I’m part of the industry.”

Throughout the press runs for the film, Henson has openly shared her experiences, not only during the filming of The Color Purple but also from before. Her outspoken stance on pay equity for Black actresses and the need for equal respect and benefits on set has garnered support from fellow Hollywood stars.

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