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‘Bessie’ Wins Outstanding Television Movie & More at 2015 Emmy Awards

Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith
HBO

Queen Latifah’s Bessie, a HBO biopic about legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, nabbed four trophies, including Outstanding Television Movie, at the 2015 Emmy Awards on Sunday (Sept. 20).

Unfortunately, the 45-year-old actress didn’t take home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her portrayal of the late jazz songbird, that went to Frances McDormand for her performance in Olive Kitteridge.

Nevertheless, Bessie did receive some hardware in the creative fields. Those awards were for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or a Movie.

In a Billboard interview, Latifah explained why she connected so deeply with Bessie Smith. “She was fearless and flawed in a lot of ways. She was perfectly imperfect, and I can relate to that,” she said. “It reminded me of the ups and downs of my life in this business and my journey. It was the first time I ever watched a movie with me in it and cried.”

Although Queen Latifah didn’t get the coveted lead actress award, we still want to congratulate Bessie on their four Emmy wins.

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