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Kerry Washington of 'Scandal'
Kerry Washington, "Scandal"
Nomination Status: The hot star of a hot network drama may be ready for a breakthrough.
In Her Favor: Kerry Washington could have been a candidate for a nomination last year. She was giving a well-received performance on a well-enough-received midseason show that had some critical affection, but only limited viewership. She wasn't nominated, but that didn't hurt "Scandal." With Shonda Rhimes pushing the show in a more serialized direction and Washington grounding the outlandishly soapy adventures, "Scandal" became the season's surprise hit, setting ratings highs nearly every week, as Washington continued to to receive accolades, if not awards. "Django Unchained" helped boost Washington's profile and it didn't hurt that she seemed to pop up everywhere, whether the context is entertainment or fashion or politics. Now all she needs is the validation that comes from whatever nomination certificate Emmy voters give out.
Working Against Her: Kerry Washington doesn't actually need validation from the TV Academy or from me. She's smart, beautiful and talented and she won't worry if somebody from cable swoops in and grabs her nomination. But will she worry if somebody from her own network takes a nod? Probably not.