Taraji P. Henson

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Taraji P. Henson
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best known for her performance as Shug in the movie Hustle & Flow, Taraji P. Henson also provided the vocals for the movie's Oscar®-winning song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," and performed the song during the 2006 Academy Awards show.

In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Taraji plays Queenie, the woman who raises Benjamin Button as her own son after he's abandoned on the porch of the nursing home where she works. This is her first nomination.