Kerry Washington is the first black actress since Cicely Tyson in 1995 to receive a Lead Actress in a Drama nomination at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
Washington received the nod for her role as Olivia Pope on ABC’s runaway hit Scandal.
Cicely Tyson was nominated for her work in the NBC legal drama series Sweet Justice. Interestingly, Sweet Justice would run for just one season. And Tyson didn’t win. She lost to Kathy Baker for her work in Picket Fences.
Note: a black actress has never won in this category, in the 65 years since the first Primetime Emmys were awarded.
Cheadle was nominated in the same category last year. This years nomination marks his 6th total.
Alfre Woodard picked up a nomination for her performance in Steel Magnolias, in the Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category.
And last, but not least, Paris Barclay picked up a nomination in the Directing For A Comedy Series category, for directing Diva, the thirteenth episode of Glee’s fourth season.
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