‘An incredible time to be alive’

Posted by · 1:02 pm · January 24th, 2009

Is there anyone out there with a beating heart who doesn’t like Taraji P. Henson? Wherever you stand on “Benjamin Button,” it’s hard not to be happy for her. A humble, hard-working character actress who has soldiered through a lot of films well beneath her abilities, she has finally made good on that stunning “Hustle and Flow” promise and is inching her way onto the A-list.

She probably isn’t going to be heading to the podium on Oscar night, but Henson is the kind of actor for whom a mere nomination can make a world of difference. Moreover, it’s her positivity and humility in interviews like this that is doubtless winning her a lot of fans this awards season:

“It’s an incredible time to be alive. And it’s definitely an incredible time to be Taraji P. Henson. I’m blown away,” she said. “I have moments where I’ll call my publicist and be like ‘Is this all really happening? Are you sure they’re not going to call back and say we made a mistake?'”

Endearingly, she’s apparently as excited by Barack Obama’s inauguration as she is by the prospect of meeting her idol, Meryl Streep, at tomorrow’s SAG Awards. Good for her, I say. (On another note, can she really be 38 years of age? Who’d’a thunk it?)

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  • 1 1-24-2009 at 1:24 pm

    James D. said...

    Good for her. It is good to see grateful nominees, instead of people like Penn who skips the Globes because the entire film was not nominated.

  • 2 1-24-2009 at 1:47 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    Terrific actress. She was the best in a cast of performances that redeemed a movie I otherwise didn’t care for very much.

  • 3 1-24-2009 at 1:51 pm

    Ryan Hoffman said...

    I’m predicting her to win…the first sign to a Button win.

  • 4 1-24-2009 at 3:24 pm

    Zan said...

    She might be the hottest 38-year-old ever. And her fellow nominee, Maria Tomei, might earn the same title in the 44-year-old category.

  • 5 1-24-2009 at 3:37 pm

    John K said...

    Are we sure that she’s not going to win? Because without Winslet in the field, that opens up the race considerably, doesn’t it? Supporting Actress is always a wonky category…

  • 6 1-24-2009 at 3:50 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Indeed, John, if any category can throw up a shocker, it’s often Best Supporting Actress.

    Still, I find it hard to imagine her beating Cruz, Davis or even Tomei.

  • 7 1-24-2009 at 4:24 pm

    Silencio said...

    Actually Guy, if this was your interview with her, you may have killed her chances. You and your hex power :-)

  • 8 1-24-2009 at 4:38 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’m just quoting from someone else’s interview, Silencio — rest assured!

    You’ve given me an idea, though… I’m going to try and arrange interviews with all the nominees in the category except Marisa Tomei ;)

  • 9 1-24-2009 at 5:02 pm

    R.J. said...

    I have been a big fan of Taraji’s for a while and I have always known she would be nominated one day. She’s simply fantastic. I think Cruz or Tomei are probably going to win, if Henson took it home I wouldn’t complain.

  • 10 1-24-2009 at 6:57 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Wow, I think Tomei is easily the weakest of the category.


  • 11 1-24-2009 at 8:43 pm

    Andrew L. said...

    I agree only in the sense that Tomei lacks an obvious Oscar clip (I’m assuming they’ve submitted the scene in the car: “You should call her”).

    And on that note (using the logic that not many voters watch all the movies, but rather they rely on clips), I think Viola is going to win; she’s incredible in the few minutes she’s onscreen.

  • 12 1-24-2009 at 11:04 pm

    Chad said...

    I can’t get excited for Henson’s performance, even though she does an admirable job with it, because the writing is so offensively poor.

  • 13 2-01-2010 at 6:55 am

    Imma Bee said...

    Silencio and Guy Lodge seem to know what they are talking about. Hmm. Though one can never be sure..