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.

Taraji P. Henson: Click to watch
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.