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Kerry Washington Is 1st Black Actress Since Cicely Tyson In 1995 To Earn Drama Lead Actress Primetime Emmy Nomination

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 18, 2013 at 9:11AM

Congrats to Kerry Washington (Lead Actress In A Drama Series) and Don Cheadle (Lead Actor In A Comedy Series) for their Primtetime Emmy nominations (specific categories in parentheses), announced just moments ago.
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Congrats to Kerry Washington (Lead Actress In A Drama Series) and Don Cheadle (Lead Actor In A Comedy Series) for their Primtetime Emmy nominations (specific categories in parentheses), announced just moments ago.

This marks Kerry Washington's first ever Emmy nomination, and the first time a black actress has been nominated in that category (Lead Actress In A Drama Series) since the 1994-95 season (the 47th annual Primetime Emmys) when Cicely Tyson was nominated for her work in the NBC legal drama series Sweet Justice. Interestingly, Sweet Justice would run for just one season. And Tyson didn't win. She lost to Kathy Baker for her work in Picket Fences.

Note: a black actress has never won in this category, in the 65 years since the first Primetime Emmys were awarded.

Cheadle was nominated in the same category last year. This years nomination marks his 6th total.

Alfre Woodard picked up a nomination for her performance in Steel Magnolias, in the Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category.

And last, but not least, Paris Barclay picked up a nomination in the Directing For A Comedy Series category, for directing Diva, the thirteenth episode of Glee's fourth season.

Notable misses? I thought Regina King had a shot at a nomination, for her work in Southland, which was canceled after this last season. 

Anyone else you think should be on the list?

I'm sure there'll be the usual debates on who should have been nominated but wasn't; who was nominated that shouldn't have been; etc.

I also expect to see the usual articles lamenting the lack of diversity on the list of nominees. Ho-hum.

The Primetime Emmys will be held Sunday, September 22, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. CBS is broadcasting this year’s show, with Neil Patrick Harris serving as host. His second major awards hosting gig this year (he also hosted the Tony Awards).

For the full list of nominees, click HERE.

On the next page, you'll find my post from last night, predicting this morning's nominees as far as black talent is concerned. And based on what I wrote, I don't think I fared well.

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