Big Wins for EMPIRE, Conrad

Big Wins for EMPIRE, Conrad

Big wins for Chicago to kick off the new year as Taraji P. Henson brought home the Best Actress Golden Globe for EMPIRE this past Sunday and Chicago screenwriter Steve Conrad’s pilot PATRIOT was just picked up by Amazon…

COOKIE CLEANS UP: Coincidentally enough, Ms. Henson received her award for Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama from one of her fellow Chicago TV stars and neighbors at Cinespace, Sophia Bush of CHICAGO PD.

Henson's award acceptance wound up being one of the more memorable moments of the three-hour-plus marathon. The actress handed out cookies to several people, including fellow Globe winner Lady Gaga, as she walked up to the stage. Henson nearly tripped as the train of her dress got caught, but she caught herself in time and jumped on stage to deliver one of the best speeches of the night.

As she was in the midst of her acceptance speech, she looked up and snapped, "Please wrap? Wait a minute. I waited 20 years for this. You gonna wait." Enjoy the full walk/run to the stage and speech here:

Though EMPIRE has yet to be renewed for a third season, a second season of impressive ratings and this Golden Globe win for Henson will hopefully expedite a renewal announcement very soon. In the meantime, the second installment of the current run is expected to be back on March 30, 2015 on FOX. You can catch up on EMPIRE here.

CHEERS FOR A CHICAGO PATRIOT: While it won't be shooting in Chicago, we can still be overjoyed for one of our best writer-directors, Steve Conrad, on the announcement that Amazon picked up his political thriller PATRIOT. Written and directed by Conrad, PATRIOT follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner, played by Australian newcomer Michael Dorman, whose latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear. LOST alum Terry O’Quinn also stars with Michael Chernus, Kathleen Munroe, Aliette Opheim and Kurtwood Smith. Conrad is also executive producing, alongside Gil Bellows, Glen Ficarra, Charlie Gogolak and John Requa.

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.