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About that embrace: How Taraji P. Henson won Emmy night

Taraji P. Henson, left, embraces Viola Davis before Davis walks on stage to accept the Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

Taraji P. Henson, left, embraces Viola Davis before Davis walks on stage to accept the Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

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Though she may have left the ceremony without an Emmy to call her own, Taraji P. Henson may have been one of the biggest winners of the night.

Upon the announcement that Viola Davis had won the award for lead actress in a drama series, it became clear that no one was happier to hear it than Henson, even though a win for the former meant a loss for the latter. Before Davis took the stage to accept her historic award, becoming the first African American woman to receive the prize, the two actresses embraced in one of the most meaningful moments of the ceremony.

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Henson’s whole-hearted support of Davis’s victory was apparent as she stood rapt throughout the acceptance speech, applauding as Davis invoked the words of Harriet Tubman and gave voice to the struggles of black women in Hollywood.

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On the whole, Henson’s enthusiastic acceptance of defeat serves as a reminder that some matters transcend winning and losing and that grace and solidarity make winners of us all.

Follow me on Twitter at @midwestspitfire.

libby.hill@latimes.com

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