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9 Times Taraji P. Henson Stole The Show At The 2017 Oscars

A lot of not so great things happened on Sunday night at the 2017 Oscars.

First, there was the disastrous Best Picture mix-up that robbed both “La La Land” and “Moonlight” of their moments.

Then, there was that whole thing where they honored a film producer in the “In Memoriam” segment who is actually still alive.

But there were a few shining beacons of light, namely “Hidden Figures” and “Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson.

Taraji did not get a Best Actress nomination for her role as Katherine Goble in “Hidden Figures,” a real-life NASA physicist who was essential in the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the moon.

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Many saw this as one of the biggest Oscar snubs of the year  — considering her co-star Octavia Spencer got a Supporting Actress nod and the film itself was nominated for Best Picture — but Taraji made up for it by being the best damn part of the show.

How, you ask? Let me count the ways…

1. When she showed up to the red carpet in this gorgeous, velvet dress…


2. …and when she served really excellent face to the red carpet photographers.

Taraji's makeup and jewelry at the 2017 Oscars red carpet

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3. When her reaction to candy raining from the sky was pure, unadulterated joy…


4. …and when she demanded Octavia Spencer share some of her treats with her.

Extremely relatable.


5. When she neatly sidestepped getting pulled into that drama with Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj.

The reporter asked,

Team Nicki or Team Remy?

Taraji didn't respond, but her face was like, “Girl, please, do you think I'm stupid?”

(If you don't know about this drama, all you really need to know is rapper Remy Ma recently released a seven minute diss track destroying Nicki Minaj.)


6. When she strolled out to present Best Documentary Feature with Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer and gave the whole room life…


7. …and then proceeded to blow everyone's minds by bringing the real life Katherine Goble Johnson on stage.

89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Taraji P. Henson , Octavia Spencer (R), Janelle Monae (L) and Katherine Johnson (in wheelchair) present for Best Documentary Feature. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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8. When she realized “Moonlight” won Best Picture and was beside herself with happiness…

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9. …and then immediately started taking pictures of her babies on stage.


Thank you for making the Oscars so much better by just being you, Taraji.

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Anna Menta

Staff Writer

Anna Menta is a TV/Film Writer at Elite Daily. Her work can also be found in BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, and subtweets. She apologizes if she says something weird to you. For pitches and interviews contact annamenta92@gmail.com. Twitter: @annalikes ...
Anna Menta is a TV/Film Writer at Elite Daily. Her work can also be found in BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, and subtweets. She apologizes if she says something weird to you. For pitches and interviews contact annamenta92@gmail.com. Twitter: @annalikes ...

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