And it wasn’t for Little Fires Everywhere either.
Scandal fans will agree that it’s an absolute travesty that Kerry Washington never won an Emmy for her game-changing performance as Olivia Pope. However, justice has been served (sort of), as Washington took home her very first Emmy this year.
Washington was nominated in four categories at the 2020 Emmys—once as an actress, and three times as an executive producer. Despite being nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series category for her performance as Mia Warren in Little Fires Everywhere, it was actually her work as a producer which netted her that long overdue first win.
Washington, along with her production company Simpson Street, took home a 2020 Creative Arts Emmys for her work as an executive producer on ABC’s Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: “All In The Family” And “Good Times.” The production won the award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live).
While Washington absolutely deserves to take home an acting Emmy, winning as an executive producer is a testament to the amazing work she’s been doing behind-the-scenes, especially in bringing stories to life. This year, Washington was also nominated as an executive producer for Netflix’s American Son, and for executive producing Little Fires Everywhere.
Washington celebrated the virtual Emmys with her Little Fires Everywhere costar, Reese Witherspoon. The pair decided to throw a New Year’s Eve party celebration for the Emmys because they “are ready for this year to be over,” which is something pretty much all of us can relate to right now.