Monday, February 27, 2017
Taraji P. Henson is My New Favorite Human
I fell asleep well before the Academy Awards ended. And what an ending I missed, apparently. Sounds like a screw-up for the ages. Must've been interesting to see it happen live.
From the hour and a half that I did watch, my two favorite moments were Mahershala Ali's Best Supporting Actor win for Moonlight and then his touching and thoughtful acceptance speech. The man thanked his teachers! It's always heartwarming when actors use these speeches as a way to give thanks to people who helped set them on the path.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the fact that Suicide Squad is now The Academy Award Winning Suicide Squad. Yes, we live in a world where that is true. And I kind of love that.
But then today I saw this series of GIFs and realized that, hands down, Taraji P. Henson was the clear winner last night. In a room full of high-brow wannabes and pretentiously-serious thespians, Henson's hilarious reaction shots—like when she catches a bag of candy dropped from on high—reveal that at least one of these stars has a sense of humor. You can tell she was having a spectacular time being there. Good for her!
Not only does Henson win my Academy Award for Best Human, she also wins for best dressed. She looked fabulous. She also looked real and like she was having just as much fun posing on the red carpet as she was collecting candy falling from the ceiling.
I don't watch Empire but I'm starting to think I need to, just to witness more of the awesomeness that is Taraji P. Henson.