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Kerry Washington Nominated For First Emmy

Kerry Washington

Emmy nomination and Kerry Washington just sound great together in the same sentence. Wouldn’t you agree?

Our beloved Kerry, infamous for playing fix-it guru Olivia Pope on ABC’s hit show Scandal, received her first Emmy nomination Thursday morning. In fact, she’s the first Black actress since our cover lady Cicely Tyson in 1995 (Sweet Justice) to earn a nomination for lead actress in a drama series. (Side note: a Black actress has never won this category, so our fingers are crossed for Washington!)

“And a HUGE thank you to the @PrimetimeEmmys voters! What an absolute honor! Wow,” Washington tweeted.

The star shares the category with six other actresses, including: Vera Farmiga, Robin Wright, Connie Britton, Claire Danes, Michelle Dockery and Elisabeth Moss.

Washington’s drama-filled, political TV series just wrapped season two in May, but season three is right around the corner. The cast of Scandal and writer Shonda Rhimes are coming back together for table reads this week.

“My final rewrites on the Scandal Season Premiere are done! At least until I change my mind. TABLE READ TOMORROW! #gladiators #timeforwine,” Rhimes tweeted Wednesday night.

Our faces will be glued to the television set the night of the Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, and they’ll probably remain there until Scandal returns on Oct. 3. Congratulations, Kerry!!