Emmy Screening Room: Empire Star Taraji P. Henson Stops the Wedding

June 26 — the cutoff date for the 2015 Emmy Awards nomination voting — is just days away. And that’s a source of both great anticipation and nameless dread for those of us obsessed with quality television.

Team TVLine has already brought you our Dream Emmy Ballots in 10 key Emmy races — click here to see our picks! — but we wanted to make one last push on behalf of a few favorites whose work was so outstanding this year that the possibility of a snub makes us want to get in touch with our inner Sons of Anarchy and unleash some unsanctioned justice on the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

With that said, we present the seventh of our Emmy Screening Room submissions: Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. We defy you to watch from start to finish and tell us she shouldn’t hear her name called when nominees are announced on July 16. (And yes, we know Henson is getting major nomination buzz from Emmy pundits everywhere, but we also know the Academy’s bias against soapier fare. And did you also know that there have never been two black women nominated for the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama in the same year? Given all that, you’ll have to indulge our campaigning!)

The setup: Recently-out-of-prison label exec Cookie Lyon (Henson) busts into her ex (and still sometimes lover) Lucious’ mansion just as he and fiancée Anika (Grace Gealy) meet with their wedding planner. As she reveals that the secretly scorned Anika is plotting with Lucious’ main rival to bring down Empire Entertainment, Cookie revels in saving the day for the company she and Lucious founded — while scoring a delicious win over her romantic/office rival.

Press PLAY above for the full scene, then share your thoughts on whether Henson should/will make the Emmy ballot.

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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    She definitely deserves to be Emmy nominated.

  2. Annie says:

    Unto the Breach is my favorite episode from Empire, but it is not Cookie’s best episode. Trai Byers probably won’t be nominated, but he still needs to submit that episode to the committee. Taraji needs to submit an episode that shows that Cookie is not a one dimensional character. She needs an episode that showcases the fact that Cookie has vulnerabilities, even though she is strong, and that she loves her family. Too many critics seem to think that Cookie is only capable of making wise cracks. I don’t include you in that group Michael Slezak, I’m referring to those who critique the show, even though it seems like they’ve only watched the funny clips that feature Cookie.

  3. Coal says:

    Gabrielle Union. Being Mary Jane. Captivating character, enthralling story and the fact that there is now buzz at all about this show is very disappointing. For me its up there with the The Knick, Banshee, Shameless, Black Sails, Orphan Black and The Americans for un appreciated quality story telling. Oh and Person of Interest

  4. Ro says:

    Love her on this show, but miss her in POI.

  5. sladewilson says:

    That scene was so cool for so many reasons!!! Taraji bought it every single episode. She earned a nomination and it would be a crime if she was left off the list…

  6. raphaelfongo says:

    Awesome i luv it