Oscar Nominee Nearly Run Down!

5/1/2009 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Benjamin Button" star Taraji P. Henson was thiiiiiis close to becoming road kill in NYC yesterday -- but our photog was there to valiantly save the day.


Of course, she probably would have been paying more attention to the street if she wasn't busy talking to the camera.

Let's just call it even.