Cookie’s reign continues in 2016.
Taraji P. Henson took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Sunday for her role as Lyon family matriarch Cookie on Empire. This marks the first Golden Globe nomination and win for Henson.
“Who knew that playing an ex convict would take me all around the globe?” she said while accepting the honor, which she did after handing out cookies to celeb audience members.
Henson thanked Empire creator Lee Daniels and her onscreen family, including Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollet, Trai Bayers, and Bryshere Y. Gray. When prompted to wrap prior to the 29-second mark, Henson — in true Cookie fashion — continued on: “I waited 20 years for this, you gon’ wait.”
As for who those cookies went to, Henson revealed backstage that Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, and Leonardo DiCaprio were among the recipients. “I just did not expect them to call my name,” she continued. I never do. I come to these events and it’s like, I’m just gonna have fun, ’cause you just never know how it’s gonna come out. But when they called my name, it was like, visceral. I was like, well the cookies are here. I guess I should hand them out. I don’t know, it was just a spontaneous moment.”
When we left Cookie in the music drama’s fall finale, she’d lost her boyfriend and her Cookie’s Cookout concert venue, and returned to the prison where she was locked up, at which she started a fight with Da Brat. So while Cookie might have some making up to do when the Fox hit series returns March 30, Henson knows her character remains a fan favorite.
“She’s everybody’s spirit animal,” the 45-year-old actress told EW. “She’s like a hero. She says the things people are afraid to say, she does the things people maybe don’t have the balls to do. But it seems like it’s coming from a real, true place. She’s not a mean person.”
Henson beat out Outlander‘s Catriona Balfe, How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis, Penny Dreadful‘s Eva Green, and House of Cards’ Robin Wright for the award. Empire was also up for Best TV Drama at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, but lost out to Mr. Robot.