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

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 18, 2013 9:11 AM
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Well, it's about that time. The nominations for the 2013 Emmy Awards will be announced this morning, Thursday, at around 8:15am EST, in Los Angeles, and while I certainly don't have to tell you that Diaspora representation will be nearly absent, I thought I'd at least take a quick look at those few black actors (and shows) whose names just might be called when Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Kate Mara (House of Cards) announce the nominees, less than 24 hours from now. 

Of course we’ll have the full list of nominations once they are announced, which I'm sure will be dominated by perennial favorites like Mad MenModern Family and 30 Rock, as well as expected wild cards. 

Until then, here are our best bets for black actors and shows (in the major categories) we might hear mentioned later this morning.

- First, in the Best Actor in a Drama category: No one. Idris Elba in Luther wouldn't count this year, because season 2 aired in 2011. Season 3 debuts in the US in September this year. There was a longer-than-expected gap between seasons 2 and 3. Besides, Luther is typically considered a mini-series.

- Second, for Best Actress in a DramaKerry Washington, of course! Who else? Although things haven't been looking very good for Scandal this TV awards season. I say that because last month's nominees for the 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards (from the The Broadcast Television Journalists Association), were Scandal-free. The hit Shonda Rhimes series didn't receive a single nomination. Skip ahead 3 weeks later to the Television Critics Association (TCA) announcement of their nominees, which was also completely Scandal-free.

- Third, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: No one who's made enough of an impact that I can think of. No Giancarlo Esposito this year, unfortunately.

- Fourth, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Regina King has a shot at a nomination, for her work in Southland, which was canceled after this last season. 

- Fifth, Best DramaScandal obviously. Although, as noted earlier, leading up to tomorrow's reveal, the Shonda Rhimes series hasn't seen any *love* at all from other TV association awards announcements. So I don't think it's chances are high. Plus competition in this category is probably the toughest of all categories: Mad MenGame of ThronesBreaking BadThe Walking Dead, and more...

- Sixth, Best Comedy: Nothing here.

- Seventh, Best Actor in a ComedyDon Cheadle has a shot at a nomination for his performance on House Of Lies.

- Eighth, Best Actress in a Comedy: Nobody here. Where are all our funny actresses?

- Ninth, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: No one strong enough.

- Tenth, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: No one here either.

- Eleventh, Best TV Movie/Miniseries: I'd say that one of the 3 Lifetime original movies with all-black casts might find itself on tomorrow morning's list: Betty & CorettaSteel Magnolias, and Abducted: The Carlina White Story. Although, of the 3, I'd say that Steel Magnolias has the best shot.

- Twelfth, Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: I frankly can't think of anyone who'd qualify.

- Thirteenth, Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Given that Angela Bassett and Alfre Woodard have both been recognized for their performances in the respective TV movies they starred in (Betty & Coretta and Steel Magnolias), I'll say both of them could get looks, with Woodard ahead of Bassett, if only because the movie she starred in was stronger overall (its ensemble cast especially).

- Fourteenth, Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Once again, I'm stumped. There isn't much to choose from.

- Fifteenth,  Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: I'm looking at all the black actresses in the aforementioned Lifetime movies - Phylicia RashadAdepero Oduye, and Condola Rashad notably.

That's about it! 

Did I miss any that should've been obvious? Keep in mind that this isn't a list of who I'd like to see nominated, but who has a realistic chance of being a nominee, based on the numerous "expert" predictions lists I've looked at in the last 24 hours.

With BET leading all black TV networks, making an original scripted programming push, one can only assume that it's only a matter of time before they score a series that's both a critical and commercial hit - enough to get Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognition - that is assuming BET wants that kind of acknowledgement. 

As for Oprah Winfrey's OWN, the network only very recently entered into the original scripted dramatic and comedy series space (although nothing in the fledgling network's lineup in those categories, would be nominated at this point); so if OWN receives any nominations at all, they'll be in the Reality TV category.

But I don't expect any OWN nominations to be announced this morning; not this year.

We'll find out later today!

What does your predictions list look like?

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  • Orville | July 21, 2013 3:26 AMReply

    I think it is actually kind of sad, 1995 was eighteen years ago, and it is the first time a black actress was nominated for an Emmy in a lead role.
    I think it is actually pathetic to be honest, that it has been so long since a black actress was nominated and it really shows how Hollywood is bigoted place. Shonda Rhimes has considerable power in Hollywood, I am sure ABC studios and their marketing department flexed their muscles in ensuring Kerry Washington got nominated for an Emmy.

    I don't get why people are so excited? Sure, Scandal is a hit and good for Kerry Washington for getting nominated but I think it is kind of pathetic when black people get excited about needing and requiring white Hollywood's validation. What is an Emmy award going to do if Kerry Washington won? Do people really think Hollywood is going to change? I think the deeper issue is black women in Hollywood are not getting the high profile leading lady roles on television. We know in the movies really only one or two ladies Zoe Saldana and Halle Berry get leading roles. But one would think on television there would be more opportunities for black women to get work in leading roles.

  • turner | July 21, 2013 8:33 AM

    The glass IS half full... cheer up!

  • bohemian princess | July 18, 2013 4:05 PMReply

    slightly bummed at the fact that Tatiana Maslany didn't receive a nod for Orphan Black, sorry but she acts circles around everyone in that category but congrats to Kerry.

  • campbell | July 18, 2013 2:14 PMReply

    Congrats to Don Cheadle and Kerry Washington.

    If I were a betting man, I'd put my money on the lead actress for House of Cards, Robin Wright, who was irresistibly cunning.
    I don't watch much comedy, so I have no opinion at all in regards to Don Cheadle and his competition.

    Regina was fantastic in SouthLAnd, however SouthLAnd is a product of the television networks direction. When networks have a clear, coherent marketing and branding strategy, they invest in shows and actors that fit.
    TNT, does not.

  • BeautyIAM | July 18, 2013 1:54 PMReply

    Yay! Go Kerry :) I was hoping her and Regina would be nominated. I hate that Regina isn't on the list. She has been amazing on Southland. I am still hurt that the show go Cancelled.

  • Barbara | July 18, 2013 11:40 AMReply

    My first response to your headline "1st black actress since ....." is SO? That's one of the reasons why race relations are so quick to get heated up lately. You all (and yes, I said you all) are so quick to bring it into any conversation, any sports, any movies or television, AND we cannot count out even in the news media. Let's just stick to giving it to the most deserving person. PERIOD.

  • Marcus | July 28, 2013 1:31 AM

    It is so typical of you people to say some dumb shit like that. Why is it you all get so touchy about matters of race? Could it be because you all know that its damn wrong how black people aren't properly given credit for doing good work. I am pretty sure since 1995 until now all the best people that have been in television haven't all been white as the Emmy's would have you think. Maybe when you all start making opportunities for people that are not white then maybe we can lay the race issue to rest.

  • Kim | July 18, 2013 1:51 PM

    Giving it to the most deserving person is a great idea. The problem is that it's subjective, and does anyone REALLY believe that NO black actress in the history of the Emmys has "deserved" to win this category? No. Nobody believes that. So yes. It's an issue.

  • Josh | July 18, 2013 12:32 PM

    When Black actresses don't go 18 years between nominations, maybe we'll stop bringing it up, you dolt.

  • sunface | July 18, 2013 12:09 PM

    ... what a stupid, ignorant comment.

  • ALM | July 18, 2013 11:36 AMReply

    Congrats. I know this is S & A, but I truly believe that Guillermo Diaz is extremely deserving of a nomination. Lord, how I wish that hollywood and the world at large weren't so political.

  • Alicia benning | July 18, 2013 10:18 AMReply

    I have a problem with the fact that as a black woman on prime time tv who is brilliant and professional has a compromised integrity by screwing a white married man. Who also had a perfectly eligible black male suitor equally brilliant and professional but still she couldn't shake her primitive desire to continue an illustrious affair and ultimately maintain her place as bed friend.

  • Marcus | July 28, 2013 1:45 AM

    I agree with you on that. That is one of the reasons I stopped watching the show. It seems the only time they want to award us for our talent is when we have to compromise ourselves just as Halle Berry in Monster's Ball, out of all the things she has done that is the one they decide to give her the academy award for. I have a problem with the fact that this show was created by a black woman yet there are not more black characters in the show that have major roles.

  • Anon | July 19, 2013 2:16 PM

    *&*^#@(... are you just playing stupid.

    "Shonda stated that she never intended for Olivia to be a role model"

    Yet, many young ladies champion her lifestyle and Shonda is being rewarded.

    "Shonda's intentions is akin to asking a pedophile if he intended to hurt his victims"

    A pedophile will TELL YOU (like Shonda TOLD YOU) that his actions where not intended to harm the child, but to love him. However, the child IS physically and emotionally damaged while the pedophile reaps his rewards.

    I leave by saying, you say a lot of things but your "voice" speaks differently.

  • BeautyIAM | July 19, 2013 1:56 PM

    You comparing Shonda's "intentions" to a pedophile was unnecessary because it made no sense. You could have done better with another comparison. LOL, I watch Scandal guilt free. You think my rhetoric is all smoke and mirrors because I was presenting information you did not want to be bothered with. Mainly black female sexuality and how it is viewed and dealt with in America. You don't want to be bothered with the fact that the show is drama so the black characters shouldn't have to be free of flaws. You don't want to touch on the fact that Olivia is more than a one dimensional character. She isn't just this loose woman.

    I'm going to throw a wild guess and say you haven't REALLY watched Scandal. You just kinda know what its about.

    I'm ending with Scandal is awesome! Kerry is amazing! And I with her all the best at the Emmys!!!

  • Anon | July 19, 2013 12:34 PM

    BEAUTYIAM, I do not think it's wise to sling arrows so please cease from doing so. My comparison of Shonda and a pedophile was focused on the word "intentions", not their actions. As the saying goes... "the road to hell is filled with good intentions".

    Final words: This has come to an end. It appears you're stuck, sprung or both on an idology which believes as long as the "message" is transmitted via a fictional character it's fine and dandy. The icing on the cake for YOU? "I would want to get it on with Tony/Fitz :D"

    The truth has finally arrived. All the rest of your rhetoric was nothing but a smoke screen and a way to hide your guilt. But it should be known that you were not fooling anyone except yourself.


  • BeautyIAM | July 19, 2013 11:34 AM

    Shondas intentions are akin to asking a pedophile if he intended to hurt his victims!!!!???? Did you just compare what Shonda is doing to a pedophile?? If all you are going to do is pull insulting comparisons out of your behind, you are too sad for words.

    I would love to emulate Olivia's love life? Well I would want to get it on with Tony/Fitz :D. Seriously though, I said I love Dexter, so does that mean I want to emulate his life as a serial killer? LOL. You really need to know how to argue your points because all you are doing is going around in circles. Also, I am not taking anything personal. I am trying to get you to realize that you are not in charge of what a black woman can or cannot do. Even a fake one.

    Yes, I like watching fictional characters that are put in compromising positions on weekly basis. Mainly because show is a drama! So what if Olivia is one of the only black leading female character on tv. That doesn't mean she has to be the pinnacle of perfection. How many times do I need to say that? You seem to not want to wrap your head around this concept.

    I'm mainly trying to get you to think about how complex a black woman on television can be. Olivia isn't a one dimensional character. But unfortunately, people want to make her one dimensional by relegating her as loose. There is so much more going on with Olivia. You do know that right? Since you have watched the entire first and second season right?

    If you think I am chastising you, fine. I will push back on people that have simple-minded view on what the show is about. This isn't about a black woman screwing a white guy and following her primitive desire. It is about the challenges one can find themselves in even though on the outside everything looks perfect.

    Putting the burden of representations solely on Scandal is ridiculous. Kerry said a very wise thing. She stated that her being on Scandal can hopefully create opportunities by opening the door for other black actresses. That way, we can at least hope to start seeing a balance in representation of black people. If the show is not your cup of tea, okay. But to act like the show must bend over backwards to please a minority is ridiculous.

  • Anon | July 19, 2013 9:22 AM

    BEAUTYIAM, to reduce this discussion to Shonda's intentions is akin to asking a pedophile if he intended to hurt his victims. Shonda's intentions aside, based on YOUR glowing appraisal of Olivia Pope (i.e. she is powerful and intelligent... she's involved in a relationship that many people could root for... she has steamy sex on her own terms in non-archaic ways, etc) it appears you'd love to emulate her lifestyle.

    So please, no one is laying a guilt trip on you. In fact, throughout our exchange you've continually chastised those who disagreed with you. Might you be taking this too personally, and thus your conscience is talking to you?

    Bottom line, you find pleasure in watching fictional characters having steamy extramarital affairs and compromising their integrity on a weekly basis, even though one of the characters is the only black image in a leading role on national television. However, there are those who view Scandal as the silent scourge that it is. You'll have to live with that and not take it personal.

  • BeautyIAM | July 19, 2013 3:10 AM

    Shonda stated that she never intended for Olivia to be a role model so that point of yours is moot. I am not justifying anything. I never said there was nothing wrong in her behavior. Stop making things up. I am fully aware that her conduct is inappropriate. However, I still enjoy the relationship she is having with the president :) That is mainly because Shonda and the writers have been able to create a relationship that many people could root for. I know that affairs are wrong in real life. So don't insult my intelligence by telling me I have a lack of understanding of a serious issue. People have been having affairs before Scandal came on air and people will be having them after it is not airing. Your issue is that Olivia isn't perfect enough. Even though the show is a drama (and called Scandal), you want Olivia to be without flaws, which make no sense.

    I get that there are negative images of black women that need to be combated. However, that doesn't mean I am not allowed to enjoy a work of fiction. I now have to deprive myself of pleasure because people like you and Alicia don't like it?

    Scandal is needed because it shows the complexities that can encompass many people. Especially that of a black woman. But people like you don't want to recognize those complexities. She is just loose and thats it. You are operating on archaic ideas of womanhood.

    The reason I think that Scandal is needed is because it revolves around a black woman that is operating as a free agent. She is powerful and intelligent. But people like you think you can control what a fictional character does, which I find hilarious.

  • Anon | July 19, 2013 2:19 AM

    No BEAUTYIAM, now YOU'RE deluding yourself in order to justify your ambivilance or lack of understand of a serious issue. I did not say Oliva's actions were those of a deviate person, if that's your pushback, I understand. I understand because in your mind, there's nothing wrong with her behavior and you can relate, and you enjoy watching her sexcapades. So it's only natural that you wouldn't want to be associated with a deviate person.

    But going back to your comment on why scandal is needed, especially now. I beg to differ. Sandal is not needed (especially now). There is a contengent of black women who minimize and justifify negative images of black people. And then they cry foul at those who call them on their "guilty pleasures". More importantly, when their backs are against the wall or they're called on their mess they feign innocence and ignorance. A la... "If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there's no progress. If you pull it all the way out that's not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. And they haven't even pulled the knife out much less heal the wound. THEY WON'T EVEN ADMIT THE KNIFE IS THERE." ~Malcolm X

    BEAUTYIAM, you are showing signs of the person above. You're hiding behind the fact that Scandal is a tv drama while denying the fact that Oliva Pope's behavior is NOT projecting a good female role model.

  • BeautyIAM | July 19, 2013 1:23 AM

    Me not being married has nothing to do with the show. So I have to be married in order to understand the consequences of an affair?? Yeah, again you make no sense. What part of fiction do you not understand? Olivia is fake. People can't enjoy a fake woman having a fake affair? All you are doing is using a tired guilt trip and its not working. Its amusing at this point. What I find as entertainment in movies, tv shows, or books does not dictate how I feel a particular topic. You must have missed my Dexter comment below. I love Dexter, but don't condone murder. Don't mislead yourself into thinking you have the right to dictate how a woman behaves sexually.

    LOL, Lauren shouldn't even bother responding because all Anon can do is go back to how Olivia is a sexual deviant. You have gotten predictable Anon. Just quit while you're behind.

  • Anon | July 19, 2013 1:07 AM

    BEAUTYIAM, you're not married, so death to a heart means nothing to you. But it's true, having an affair is not "legally" a crime in America, however, infidelity ruins lives. Don't let yourself be mislead by ambivalence, no laws can heal the pain of another women sleeping with one's husband.

    @ SAADIYAH, I do not see, nor have I read any unfair puritanical judgments placed on black women. Are you implying that "other" women are held to "lower" moral values? What is your reference source?

    @Lauren, pherormones do fire and love fills the air, but giving in to lust (and sexing a married man) is not the actions of a responsible adult. What type of person enjoys watching that?

  • BeautyIAM | July 19, 2013 12:51 AM

    @ saadiyah, thank you. I think its important that people have their thoughts challenged on this issue because it unnecessarily places yet another burden on black women. Black women cannot enjoy the pleasures that their body possess unless someone else tells them it is okay.
    But since Olivia is having sex, she is a sexually deviant loose woman. Lets throw away her credentials and tarnish her reputation because a woman that is misbehaving sexually cannot be trusted. I'm not going to be bothered by people who want to guilt me using trite methods.

    That is why Scandal is needed. Especially now. There is this need for random black people to start wagging their fingers at black women that they do not deemed sexually pure. Because being sexually immoral will land us all burning. If that is how some people truly feel, great.
    Why don't these people just stick with Tyler and let the rest of us keep Scandal?

  • lauren | July 19, 2013 12:02 AM

    Geeze...Life is too short for this bullshit really! And wow... primitive desire? You're killing me! Desire is primal, always has been... there's no explanation why pheromones exist between some folks and not others. Olivia and Edison had as much chemistry as a ball of yarn and a postage stamp....nada. Who wants to watch that? Who'd want a partner like that just cause he's "perfectly eligible"?

  • saadiyah | July 18, 2013 11:39 PM

    BEAUTYIAM - Great points! We need to challenge the puritanical judgements that unfairly gets placed on Black women.

  • BeautyIAM | July 18, 2013 11:10 PM

    Sidenote Anon, an affair isn't a crime in America.

  • BeautyIAM | July 18, 2013 10:56 PM

    @Anon, no its not that simple. Mainly because a black woman's sexuality is made to be very complicated. I'll mainly focus on part 3 of your comment because you just restated everything from your previous comment. What I would like people to realize is that a show that is deemed a drama. Just because it has a black woman it does not mean she has to be the pinnacle of perfection. Black women, like other women are imperfect. We are not superwomen, no matter how much many want to be.

    Although Scandal has had steamy sex scenes (I'm not complaining :D), that doesn't mean that is all that the show is limited to. Yes, the steamy scenes are what draw many to the show, but I don't have an issue with that. What you are ignoring from my comment why is it such a horrible idea for a black woman to have an affair? If affairs have been happening in movies and tv shows for ages, why is it so bad that Olivia is in one. You giving examples of negative portrayals of black women doesn't answer my question.

    You continuously going back to Olivia being a loose woman only shows me how afraid you are of a black woman having sex on her own terms. She is having sex to please her desire. But, black women are not allowed to do that right? What if Olivia were a man? Or white woman? Black female sexuality will always be an issue because someone always feels like they need to control it.

    People do not want to separate fiction and reality with Scandal. Black women have to be sent on a guilt trip and told that affairs are not victim-less crimes. How dare we support such a terrible thing. Yeah, I like Dexter, but that doesn't mean I support crazy serial killers. So this guilt trip people want to take on black women for liking the show is a waste of time.

    So the world has to revolve around what some like Alicia wants? Just because people didn't get what they wanted in Scandal, it doesn't mean they have to trash the show and act immature about it. Just state the criticism and then stop watching. Someone like Shonda isn't writing the show to make it pleasurable for everyone. She is just trying to make it pleasurable for enough people in order to help the ratings. She has done a great job at that.

    If you're only going to respond back with Olivia is loose and state for the third time that Monique, Viola Davis, Halle Berry, Octavia Spencer and Hattie McDaniel have portrayed negative images of black women, then I know you are not trying to have a real dialogue.

  • Anon | July 18, 2013 9:20 PM

    @BEAUTY, it's simple.

    1. In this world there are A.) Sheep B.) Herders C.) Followers D.) Leaders. Which one best represents you?

    2. A hungry person will accept what a full person would not and call it "good".

    3. Alicia is asking for (in her entertainment pleasure) a black woman with class and integrity, not a loose woman with questionable moral values. Yet, you found fault with her decision and called HER out.

    4. Minimizing the negative aspects of a black image to "it's a drama so get over it" is akin to "it's only sex". Both over-simplify a very serious issue.

    5. Sex with a married man regardless of his color is not a victim-less crime. Oliva Pope can make her own decision and she has "power", yet, the highlight of the show's focus is the one between her legs, not her problem solving techniques.

    6. Negative black images on screen that are championed by the powers that be equals Maids (Octavia Spencer , Viola Davis and Hattie McDaniels), Dysfunctional black women (Monique), loose women who surrender to usurpers (Halle Berry and Kerry Washington)

  • BeautyIAM | July 18, 2013 8:44 PM

    Just to add, Alicia's comment is also problematic because she is making it seem like a black woman like Olivia has no right to choose her mate. This idea that Olivia must have gotten with the black guy mainly because he was black is very problematic. If people actually watch the show, they know that she had zero connection with Edison (black guy). But the man she happens to have a loving connection with is the married white president. That definitely isn't the ideal relationship. But I do think its shallow and dangerous to tell black women to just get with someone because he fits the description of what other say is acceptable and not choose on her own accord. Olivia isn't just screwing a white man. She is in love with this guy. But apparently, she is not allowed to love this guy because of these rules set upon her that she will not benefit from.

    She is only following her primitive desire? Would a man really be told to get with a woman if he wasn't into her sexually?? Uh, no. But a black woman is being told she should have wanted to be with the black guy that she wasn't in love with and didn't have a good sexual connection with? That does not make sense to me.

    Even though I have huge Olitz fan, I wouldn't mind seeing other suitors for Olivia. If some of them were black, it would be great. But hopefully, she would have chemistry with that person and their relationship wouldn't have to be based on race.

  • BeautyIAM | July 18, 2013 8:18 PM

    @ Anon, your argument is confusing to me. My annoyance with Alicia's is that she and many others are totally ignoring the basic premise of the show and focusing on one aspect of it. When I say its a drama, I mean that people cannot expect the characters to be Mary sue/goody too shoes. Were some people wanting a Clair Huxtable 2.0? I think that Olivia is a black woman that is needs to be seen in the 21st century. I don't get why she has to be bound by all these archaic rules that have been created for black women. People like you are uncomfortable that a black woman can choose to do what she wants. She is in a place of power making her own decisions.

    Even if she is making decisions that I wouldn't choose, they are her own decisions. I don't think it is akin to being a hoe. Its insulting that people don't want to view Olivia more than what black women are pigeon-holed into (Mammy, Jezebel, or Sapphire). So because she is having an affair she is the dirty slutty hoe according to many? Black people are so used to characterizing black women's sexuality within the Madonna/Whore dichotomy. So its not surprising that black women are getting chastised for daring to be okay with a black woman doing what she wants. Apparently, black women are supposed to be ashamed of sex and their own sexuality. We can't like sex. If we do, we are deemed loose women.

    But what I find egregious is the automatic slaying of Olivia because of her sexual relationship. Why only focus on what she is doing between her legs and not that she is a political fixer. She is an intelligent woman with beauty and brains. She is powerful. She is the person people go to in order to save their reputation. But nope, that is all null and void because she is sexing a white man. Why is it that a black woman (women in general) can't make mistakes without her character being diminished as well?

    Comparing Kerry's performance to Monique, Viola Davis, Halle Berry, Octavia Spencer and Hattie McDaniel is very simplistic because it narrows the scope in which black actresses can do their work. Sure, I find the unbalance of positive black female roles very troubling. I hate it. However, I get that people in general are flawed. Deeply flawed. Kerry does a great job portraying the that flawed human in Olivia. So I love that she got nominated for an Emmy

    No I am not a Black Sheep or a hungry black woman (whatever that means). I'm just someone that likes entertainment. If people don't find Scandal entertaining, don't watch it.

  • Anon | July 18, 2013 2:37 PM

    BEAUTYIAM, is your remark "it's a drama get over it" akin to "it's only sex"? Surely everyone has sex so it's not big deal, right? Certainly, since it's only a drama, it's silly being offended by negative portrayals of black images, right? Anything should be swallowed with giddy glee, right?

    But wait, where's the line? Since it's a drama, assholes and hoes, anything goes, right? Seriously, if YOU don't get the point of being offended, you're the silly rabbit, aka, BLACK SHEEP.

    And now Kerry Washington is nominated for an Emmy, for what? In the past, most black actresses were championed for playing dysfunctional characters and maids, i.e. Monique, Viola Davis, Halle Berry, Octavia Spencer and Hattie McDaniel. But now, in this post-racial-politically-correct world, the powers that be are slick. They're doing a great job of pulling the wool over the eyes of hungry black women. The new maids and loose women are given titles that appease the "eager to accept any black face" crowd.

  • BeautyIAM | July 18, 2013 1:53 PM

    Alicia, get over yourself. People with your opinion look silly. The show is a drama! What part of that do you not get? The D? LOL. So people should expect the characters in the show to be in compromising positions. I don't get the point of being offended. Also, get over the fact that she is with a white guy. She Loves the guy. She didn't love Edison. She didn't feel anything for him. Why in the world is a black woman obligated to be with someone she is not in love with. This is 2013. People like you need to grow up. I don't mind criticism about the show. But at least try to be mature about the critiques. You and your buddy Star Jones need to have a seat.

  • Nik | July 18, 2013 12:05 PM

    So, if Fitz were black would you still have a problem? Because affairs are very common on television, yet I don't see those who are complicit in the affairs being questioned the way the OP character is because of race. Problem is, we get a flawed and nuanced black character leading a drama, but people are mad because she's not perfect or with a black man. I cannot and I refuse.

  • donnadara | July 18, 2013 10:40 AM

    It's a TV show. Flawed characters are more interesting. And as far as her black suitor, it's typical that women on TV will pass over the nice guy for the exciting guy who is no good for her.

  • cudascrawl | July 18, 2013 10:08 AMReply

    This is a nomination. Congratulations to Kerry Washington.

  • Lover1913 | July 18, 2013 10:03 AMReply

    And she's well deserving of this nomination. She brings 110% to the table EVERY episode and EVERY movie she's been in. It's about time! Congrats Kerry!

  • Lover1913 | July 18, 2013 10:02 AMReply

    And she's well deserving of this nomination. She brings 110% to the table EVERY episode and EVERY movie she's been in. It's about time! Congrats Kerry!

  • Ladybug | July 18, 2013 9:58 AMReply

    If I had to choose . . . I think Regina King deserved a nomination more than Kerry. Don't get me wrong I love Scandal, but I think its success belongs to Shonda Rhimes writing more than anything else.

  • saadiyah | July 18, 2013 12:13 PM

    NIK - you're spot on. Nominations are also won on publicity, not just talent. Kerry did a phenomenal job with the paltry scripts that she was given. Most importantly, she has a great publicity team behind her, including her network.

    Some people were expecting Tatiana Maslany to get nominated AND win. She's been praised to high heaven for her acting skills this past season, but didn't start getting publicity until very recently. There was no nomination for her.

  • Nik | July 18, 2013 12:03 PM

    Disagree. People talk about the fact that Scandal is soapy and has nonsensical twists. Scandal didn't even score any major nominations, just two for KW and Dan Bucatinsky (for Guest Actor). Kerry got a nom because she did great work with what she was given, her people know how to play the Hollywood Game and because ABC PUSHED her. No one was pushing Regina.

  • Al | July 18, 2013 9:20 AMReply

    Alfre Woodard has won for Lead actress in a Miniseries or Movie in 1997.

  • Nadia | July 18, 2013 9:35 AM

    @Al - Lead Actress In A Drama Series and Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie aren't the same category.

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