Let's not get it twisted -- it sucks to lose. Kerry Washington was a Lead Actress in a Drama nominee for the 2013 Emmy Awards, but she went home empty-handed. Although she has many fans, we all knew that the Scandal actress was up against some fierce competition: Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men, Michelle Dockery for Downton Abbey, and Claire Danes who went on to win the Emmy for her role in Homeland. If you gotta lose an Emmy, these are probably the ladies to whom you want to lose. So in our world, Kerry is still, absolutely, without a doubt, still winning. Here are a few reasons why.
The Emmy Nomination Itself Was Historical
This year Kerry became the first black actress to be nominated for Lead Actress In A Drama Series since Cicely Tyson was nominated in 1995. Because this was such a big historical moment, she was also asked to present an award with Diahann Carroll -- another trailblazer for African-American women in television.
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Kerry eloped earlier this year to a man we didn't even know she was dating -- it was epic. And the more we find out about NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha, the more we like. He's big on charity work, everyone around him seems to love him, and he's super cute. 'Nuff said.
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The NAACP Image Awards might be "what black people is about," according to the show's Entertainer of the Year, Jamie Foxx . But they were also about the ratings. And last night's award show had its largest audience in four years. The event — which was hosted by comedian Steve Harvey — drew 3 million viewers overall.
Some of the highlights from the show included Foxx's moving speech at the end of the night, as well as his Django Unchained costar Kerry Washington's three wins. Have a listen to their acceptance speeches below and tell us your thoughts in the comments section.
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Kerry picked up the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture crown for her portrayal of a slave in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, while an absent Denzel was a Best Actor winner for his alcoholic pilot role in Flight.
Emotional Kerry Washington dedicated her trophy to "our ancestors," adding, "We shot this film on a slave plantation in the south. They were with us every step of the way."
And she used her acceptance speech to praise Tarantino for making the movie and casting her in it.
She said, "Thank you for telling this story."
The slave film had nominations in four categories going into the awards show, including one for Best Picture.
Other early Image Award winners included Loretta Devine (Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Grey's Anatomy) and Lance Gross (Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Tyler Perry's House of Payne), while Viola Davis picked up the Best Actress honour for her role in Won't Back Down.
In addition to honoring projects and individuals from television, movies, music and literature that have helped promote images of people of color, the NAACP Image Awards celebrate those who promote social justice through various creative endeavors.