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Terrence Howard mistaken for Cuba Gooding Jr. at Emmys

Published 19/09/2016

Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard

The official Twitter account for the Emmys captioned a picture of Cuba as the Empire star.

Terrence Howard was mistaken for Cuba Gooding Jr. by the official Emmys Twitter account.

A now-deleted tweet by the Television Academy made the error of identifying the Empire star as Cuba, who won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series on Sunday (18Sep16) for playing O.J. Simpson in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Gooding was listed in the tweet which congratulated him for winning the Emmy alongside a photo of Howard walking the red carpet.

"Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series nominee @cubagoodingjr at the #Emmys red carpet!," the post, captured by the Boston Globe read.

The Academy quickly realised its blunder and took the message down, replacing it with the correct photo.

Terrence was left unfazed by the error, and earlier in the evening took to the red carpet with his date, third wife Mira Pak, just one month after they welcomed son Hero. And the actor, who plays music mogul Lucious Lyon on TV drama Empire, explained the inspiration behind their baby's unique name.

"We wanted to give our children names that they can live up to,” the 47-year-old explained. Hero is the second child for the couple, and Howard has three children from a previous marriage, daughters Heaven and Aubrey, and son Hunter.

The actor revealed they decided to have another child so that their 16-month-old son Qirin can be a big brother.

"We didn’t want our son Qirin to be alone. We wanted to make another,” he said. “Just to know that you can leave a really great mark on the world."

Howard attended the Emmys in support of his Empire co-star Taraji P. Henson, who was nominated for lead actress in a drama for her role as Cookie in the drama series. She lost out to Tatiana Maslany, who won for her role in Orphan Black.

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