Kerry Washington Gets First Emmy Nod For ‘Scandal’

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kerry Washington knows just how to celebrate her Emmy nomination: by going to work.

“I just feel more indebted to them than ever before,” the 35-year-old actress said Thursday as she prepared to meet the show’s cast and crew to run through the first script of the new season of “Scandal.” “I’m really excited that I get to see them and thank them today, because there’s no way you can pull off playing a character like Olivia on a show that spans 22 episodes without having real gladiators in the trenches with you.”

Washington was nominated for lead actress in a drama for her portrayal of high-powered political strategist and soft-hearted incurable romantic Olivia Pope.

The actress is among only five non-white acting nominees in the field of 96, and the first black actress to compete in the lead dramatic category since Cicely Tyson was nominated in 1995.

If Washington wins when the Emmy Awards are presented in September, she will be the first black actress ever to do so.

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