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.