Kerry Washington Nominated For Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy Award

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Kerry Washington, who plays the beautiful political fixer in the ABC melodrama series ‘Scandal’, is the first black actress in 18 years to be nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series.

“I’m not a person who’s ever at a loss for words, but I feel so honored and grateful and humbled by the news. Just kind of floored,” says Washington. The last black actress nominated was Cicely Tyson in 1995, but if Kerry wins, she will be the first black actress of five nominations to win in this category. She was humbly honored to be mentioned with the other talented actresses: “These are women who I respect and admire and adore and look to. I’m thrilled I even get to be mentioned in the same sentence as them.”

‘Scandal will return with its third season premiere on Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. on ABC, and the Emmy Award winners will be announced on Sept. 22 at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards! Click here to see the Full 2013 Emmy Nomination List: