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A sweet treat for actor Leonardo DiCaprio and other Hollywood peers before a landmark acceptance speech. A nod to Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe flub during nomination announcements. A Lifetime Achievement Award for a man whose performances range from slave to Malcolm X to futuristic action hero.

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These were major highlights of Sunday night’s Golden Globe awards show, where African American Hollywood heavyweights made sure their presence was felt.

Taraji P. Henson won “Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Drama” for her role as Cookie, the sassy, savvy Lyon family matriarch on Empire, beating out Viola Davis, Robin Wright, Caltriona Balfe, and Eva Green.