The real scandal was that Kerry Washington was not awarded an Emmy after years of television expertise.
But that oversight was handled, but delayed, Tuesday, when the actor took home his first trophy during the 2020 Creative Arts Emmys, ahead of the virtual primetime ceremony Sunday night.
While we just want to see this as a retroactive victory for her performance as Olivia Pope in the iconic ABC series “Scandal”, Washington was actually honored in the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) category for the TV special she produced as a tribute to classic ̵
“Thank you for this wonderful creative family. It’s such a brilliant team, ”Washington said during the virtual ceremony on Tuesday with co-producers Justin Theroux, James Burrows and the legendary Norman Lear.
“OMG,” she later wrote on Instagram Stories, before giving a shout out to her own production company, which she launched in 2016 as part of a deal with ABC. “So proud of @simpsonstreet and this incredible cast and crew.”
“ABC Lives in Front of a Study Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Good Times'” aired in December in highly critical acclaim for its detailed rendition of milestone episodes performed by an A-list cast, including Viola Davis, Woody Harrelson, Tiffany Haddish, Marisa Tomei and more.
Last year, Washington actually starred in the first part of the series – a live special about “The Jeffersons,” in which she played Helen Willis. The show won the 2019 Emmy for the Outstanding Variety Special (Live), but Washington was not the executive producer until recent episodes.
She might just need to get more space on her award shelf this year because she’s ready for three more Emmys. As the executive producer of Netflix’s adaptation of the play “American Son,” Washington was nominated in the Outstanding Television Movie category. She was also nominated for executive producer and star in Hulus’ “Little Fires Everywhere” in the Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Film categories.
“True story … I give you all that” I LOVE YOU SO MUCH “knock today,” Washington wrote on Instagram after the Emmy nominations were announced in July. “To everyone who saw @littlefireshulu, #AmericanSon and Live In Front of a Studio Audience, thank you. To everyone who fell in love with these characters and identified with the stories, and to everyone who worked on these shows and put their FULL hearts and souls into doing something brilliant and important … thank you. “
During her “Scandal” run, Washington was nominated twice for the excellent lead in a category of drama series, but could not pick up an Emmy.
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