The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood by “The Mindy Project‘s” Mindy Kaling and “The Voice” host Carson Daly. Among the nominees included our girl Kerry Washington in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her work in “Scandal.” This is Kerry’s 2nd nomination for the Lead Drama Actress category. I want to give a huge congratulations to Kerry! You definitely deserve it! You can check out below who Kerry is nominated with, as well as the full list of nominees.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
The Emmys will be held Monday, Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. NBC is broadcasting this year’s show, with Late Night‘s Seth Meyers serving as host.
As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science conducts its annual board of governors election, actresses Kerry Washington, Geena Davis and Amy Madigan have thrown their hats into the ring as potential governors of the actors branch, challenging incumbent Annette Bening.
Each of the Academy’s 17 branches are represented by three governors, who in turn each serve three-year terms. The terms are staggered, so the members of each branch elect or re-elect one governor each year. Governors who are re-elected can serve up to three successive three-year terms, and then, after nine years on the board, are considered “termed out,” as is the case this year with Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter, who has represented the short films and feature animation branch for the past nine years, and Robert Rehme of the executives branch.
Among those currently up for re-election as governors are Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy’s current president, who reps the public relations branch, and secretary Phil Alden Robinson, who reps the writers branch. Members of each branch of the 6,000-member Academy must turn in their ballots by 5 p.m. Friday. The results of the board elections will be announced next week. And when the new board meets in August, it will elect officers for the coming year. Boone Isaacs, who has completed just one one-year term as president, is eligible to be re-elected for three more one-year terms, provided she retains her seat on the board.
Traditionally, the Academy’s board of governors elections are relatively low-key affairs. Candidates who chose to stand for re-election generally win second and third terms. However, per the Academy’s bylaws, each branch must field four candidates — chosen by a nominating committee comprised of 18 members of that branch, including the three incumbent governors — so there is always the potential for an upset.
This year, in the case of the public relations branch, Boone Isaacs, an independent marketing consultant who has served as EVP of worldwide publicity for Paramount (where she oversaw the Oscar campaigns for Forrest Gump and Braveheart) as well as president of theatrical marketing for New Line, is on the ballot with three others: Nancy Kirkpatrick, who ran publicity at Paramount until 2007, and then moved to Summit, where she oversaw the marketing efforts for the Twilight and Divergent franchises, leaving earlier this year when Lionsgate and Summit merged marketing operations; Terry Press, who headed up PR for DreamWorks (where she ran the Oscar campaigns for Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty and Gladiator) and who now serves as co-president of CBS Films; and Dawn Taubin, the chief marketing officer for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation, who previously served as president of domestic marketing at Warner Bros., where she oversaw the promotion of the Harry Potter and Oceans franchises and the marketing and Oscar campaigns for Million Dollar Baby and The Departed.
Over at the producers branch, Gale Ann Hurd (The Terminator), who currently serves as branch chair, has decided not to seek re-election following the completion of her three-year term. Some had speculated that Hawk Koch, who preceded Boone Isaacs as Academy president, might seek to return to the board, but that is not the case. And so four producers are contending to join the board for the first time: Albert Berger, an Oscar nominee last year for producing Nebraska with his longtime producing partner Ron Yerxa (who has long served among the leadership of the Academy’s foreign-language committee); Jennifer Fox (Michael Clayton); Jennifer Todd (Memento); and Gail Mutrux (Kinsey).
The candidates in the actors branch enjoy the highest name recognition: Bening, who is finishing up her second three-year term on the Board, is being challenged by Davis, an Oscar winner 26 years ago for The Accidental Tourist, who now runs the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Madigan, an Oscar nominee for 1985′s Twice in a Lifetime, who may be best known for her work in Field of Dreams and who, along with her husband Ed Harris, has long championed actors’ causes; and Washington, who has been an Academy member for the past two years.
For the writers branch governorship, Robinson, who received an Oscar nomination for writing the screenplay of Field of Dreams and has served the Academy in numerous capacities — he has produced the Governors Awards, served as vp and chaired the awards rules committee and international outreach committee — is being challenged by Larry Karaszewski, a Golden Globe winner for The People vs. Larry Flynt who also co-wrote a film that is widely expected to be an Oscar contender this year, Big Eyes; the Oscar-winning Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise), who currently serves as the showrunner of ABC’s Nashville; and John Logan, a Golden Globe winner (Sweeney Todd) and three-time Oscar nominee (Gladiator, The Aviator and Hugo) whose Broadway show Red won the 2010 best play Tony and who created the acclaimed new Showtime series Penny Dreadful.
As far as the directors branch goes, Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), who was elected to the board in 2012 to finish out the term started by Paul Mazursky (he stepped down at that time and passed away last month), is now vying for a full term of her own. Her competitors are Oscar nominee Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler); Oscar nominee Jason Reitman (Juno), who, at the age of 36, would be one of the younger people to ever serve on the board; and Edward Zwick (Glory), who won an Oscar for producing Gladiator, and who previously served on the board from 2009 through 2012.
The candidates to rep the documentary branch are incumbent Michael Apted, who is best known for the Up docs that come along every seven years; Kate Amend, editor of the feature doc Oscar winners The Long Way Home and Into The Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport; Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), who directs films with Rachel Grady, including the best doc feature Oscar nominee Jesus Camp; and Meghan Mylan, a best doc short Oscar winner for Smile Pinki.
Sound branch governor Don Hall, who has completed two consecutive term, is not running again. He will be replaced by another sound editor, per the internal bylaws of the branch, which mandate that it split up its three seats amongst a sound editor, a sound mixer (currently Scott Millan) and a sound executive (currently Dolby’s SVP of content solutions and industry relations Curt Behlmer) to ensure that the interests of all of these distinct crafts are advocated on the board. The four hopefuls this year are Teri E. Dorman (The Deer Hunter); three-time Oscar nominee Mark A. Mangini (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Aladdin and The Fifth Element); three-time Oscar nominee Mark P. Stoeckinger (Face/Off, Star Trek and Unstoppable); and Robert J. “R.J.” Kizer (Inception).
Among the governors who are not up for reelection and will continue on the 51-person Board include actors Ed Begley, Jr. and Tom Hanks; directors Kathryn Bigelow and Michael Mann; writers Bill Condon and Robin Swicord; documentarians Rob Epstein and Alex Gibney; producers Mark Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy; executives Dick Cook and Amy Pascal; and public relations practitioners Rob Friedman and Nancy Utley.
Board voting, like Oscar voting, is coordinated by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
When Kerry Washington began making sartorial waves on the red carpet last year, the effort was nothing if not strategic. Her understanding of the power of the red carpet—and those viral images—quickly shot her into the fashion stratosphere, with stylist Erin Walsh knowingly by her side. Walsh, who also counts Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Wiig, and Maggie Gyllenhaal as clients, continues to garner attention with her impeccable, take-notice looks that allow her actresses to stand out and shine through. Here, Walsh talks to Style.com about shooting in Irving Penn’s studio, the Samuel Beckett approach to styling, and the power of make-believe.
How did you get into styling?
I fell into it, really. I went to NYU for theater and was planning on becoming an actress. But after graduating and realizing that I was absolutely terrified of the business logistics (ahem, rejection), I immediately looked into other options. Ironically, everything I feared about the acting world is innate to this business as well! I had always loved writing, and thought maybe I could write for a magazine. I got a job in the fashion department of Vogue, thinking I could transfer to Features if things went well, but after my first time on set—in Irving Penn’s studio—it all just clicked. It felt right.
As the intro to ‘Dressing for Fame’ mentions, your client Kerry Washington talks about how actresses who know how to work the red carpet can have the upper hand careerwise. Why do you think that is?
You would have to ask Kerry for her opinion, but I do think that social media and the media in general have gotten completely insane. By being in the spotlight, you’re a part of [the insanity] anyways, so it certainly behooves you to manage the way you are seen. It gives you a certain degree of control in an arena that can be really overwhelming. Everyone has an opinion (albeit plenty of uninformed ones in this peanut gallery). It helps to do what you can to keep the reins in your own hands.
How do you think you’ve been able to help transform Kerry’s red-carpet personality?
We are a team! Period.
When dressing someone for promotional appearances vs. red carpet, what do you take into consideration? What helps you decide on a look?
I think there isn’t really a difference in what goes into press and red carpet. If you don’t apply the same thought process and consideration, I don’t really see the point. I think every look should always start from a point of ease. You should feel comfortable to look comfortable. A red-carpet version of yourself is elevated, same as press looks, but it should still start from the same canvas. You’re not dressing dolls, you’re dressing people, with character, points of view, and personalities to represent. It begins and ends with my clients, not me. I repeat, it’s not about me. I always take my ego out of it. I like to listen, hopefully inspire, and fill in the pieces, making things a little magical by exaggerating the terms of reality. Red carpet should be a place for make-believe, but it has a personal context. In more specific terms, you should look like yourself.
You style men and women for the red carpet. Which do you find more challenging?
I think it depends on the person, but there are definitely more possibilities with women, if only because of design logistics. Perhaps working with men can be more challenging in this respect because you have to find ways to be creative within a smaller box of options.
When working on editorial spreads, do you find it inspiring or challenging to work with other people? How do you stay true to your vision?
I love collaborating. You learn so much by listening. Obviously, you come to the table with a vision and ideas, but I find you learn the most by at least trying the ideas that others have to offer. If you know the story you want to tell, you keep that thread and try what works around it. It’s a very Samuel Beckett sort of mentality of throwing shit on the wall and seeing what sticks. But there is always a certain amount of risk involved in experimenting, especially considering the way the media feeds on these things. In any case, life is too short to not listen to those around you, and to try and find new ways to dream.
What are the day-to-day challenges you encounter with styling?
Logistics. The amount of merchandise trafficking around and getting things where they need to be—and on time! Getting everywhere on time, when there are only so many appointments you can fit into a day. Letting go of things after they happen. I am a perfectionist but also a realist, and in this business you would go mad quite quickly if you focused on all the “could have beens.” Keeping grace under fire—I like to pride myself on staying calm. Freaking out never helps. It’s only fashion, after all. There is always a way to fix it.
Kerry Washington looks amazing in a floral dress while walking the red carpet at the 2014 BET Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday (June 29) in Los Angeles, California. Kerry was nominated for Best Actress during the award show for her work on “Scandal”, but she unfortunately lost to “12 Years a Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o. You can check out 113 MQ and HQ photos of Kerry at the award show. I apologize for the lateness of the photos, but I hope you enjoy!
FYI: Kerry is wearing a Dolce&Gabbana dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, a Amanda Pearl clutch, and Roseark rings.
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jun 29: 2014 BET Awards – Arrivals
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jun 29: 2014 BET Awards – Show
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jun 29: 2014 BET Awards – Backstage & Audience
Emmy nod. New mom. Neutrogena’s radiant spokeswoman. At 37, Scandal star Kerry Washington has quite the résumé. So what keeps her glowing? For InStyle’s July issue, the actress revealed her best beauty secrets, along with the six products she can’t live without. Think vitamin-packed smoothies and on-target skin care. Read on for our exclusive interview.
Let’s talk skin—don’t tell me you use just soap and water.
I actually had terrible eczema growing up and had to learn how to manage it. I work with a nutritionist because, to me, beauty is an inside-out thing. I take fish-oil pills, drink lots of water, and try not to eat dairy. Those things have really helped my skin.
And your makeup routine consists of …?
Most days, I let my skin breathe, so I don’t wear a ton of foundation—just a bit of concealer. I love mascara. A good tip I learned: Let the coat dry before applying another swipe. It’s the best way to build.
Tip taken. What’s your earliest makeup memory?
As a kid, I always thought about makeup from the perspective of imagination. I used to play with my mom’s makeup bag and put her eye shadows on my cheeks. It was more about creating characters than looking like a pretty lady.
Beauty-wise, what can’t you live without?
Vitamix. I’m a big juice girl, and that blender is powerful—it’s fascinating to watch it work.
Do you have a go-to mix?
Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green smoothie: romaine, spinach, lemon, celery, banana, pear, and apple. But I like to play with different flavors, so I’ll substitute the apple with pineapple or the kale with cucumber.
Green juice … no dairy … that explains how you were able to rock a cropped top at six months pregnant. How does your style differ from your character Olivia Pope’s?
Olivia is profoundly stylish but conservative. I’m much more trendy. You’d never see Olivia with a red lip; you’d never see me in a pantsuit!
This fall, fans of Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope character on ABC’s hit political drama “Scandal” will be able to shop for some of her on-air looks at The Limited.
Talking up The Limited Scandal collection in an interview earlier this week, the Emmy-nominated actress said, “People who love the look of the show can now step into this world in a way that is affordable and accessible because not everybody can afford to have the clothes they see on the show.”
With her wide-leg trousers, chic blouses and signature outerwear, Washington’s on-air role has a defined fashion sense that rivals her real-life red-carpet one. Joining forces with the show’s costume designer Lyn Paolo and The Limited’s head of design Elliot Staples, she said, “It’s been really fun to have a voice at every stage of the production from picking buttons, choosing fabrics and weighing in on hair and makeup people.”
Reconfiguring the traditional on-screen celebrity tie-in, the deal is said to be the first linking up a national retailer, a leading network show, its costume designer and marquee actress. Washington, who had her first child in April, said she, Paolo and Staples were continually in contact via Skype, e-mail, in-person and online meetings, FedEx shipments and texts. “Being an actor who has worn fashion and being somebody who is a fixture on red carpets, I have been able to pull from every level of my experience, including working with magazines.”
Just as her crisis management alter ego knows how to dress the part, so does Washington, who has been known to run with the fashion crowd, though she was hesitant to play any favorites. She said, “We weren’t inspired by any designers in particular because they are all original pieces that are authentic to the character and the world of the show. Personally, I have tons of favorite designers. I don’t gravitate toward any one designer because I think of fashion as the costume of the everyday woman. The Armani house was one of the first ones to dress me. Jason Wu is a dear friend of mine, as is Tory Burch. I am a big fan of Alexander Wang.”
While Washington will not solely wear The Limited Scandal collection on the show, the collection will be one that he and Paolo pull from. With retail prices ranging from $49 to $248, the 42-piece collection will land in 250 Limited mall-based stores and on the retailer’s Web site in late September. A heavy social media effort that will be a key part of this fall’s omnichannel advertising campaign is in the works, with commercials being a possibility. The Limited is in talks with ABC.
The Limited’s chief executive officer Diane Ellis said, “Her character represents a confident, powerful, but real and kind of vulnerable woman. Our sophisticated professional can really relate to that. She’s dealing with crisis, scandal and a life that is very complex and challenging, not maybe to the extent [as Olivia]. I don’t think our typical client is having a relationship with the president. But she’s dealing with her own version of complexity and juggling a young family at home and perhaps a career. The appeal is at the same time she always looks fabulous.”
The Scandal-inspired line is in sync with The Limited’s multitiered strategy to woo more sophisticated professionals. Having initiated an extensive consumer segmentation study after joining the company nine months ago, Ellis said, “We have a laundry list of about 15 different growth initiatives that really emerged out of this research,” noting that petites were recently launched with this specific fashion lens and have had a tremendous response. (Talls will make their debut this fall, and rolling out more outlet stores is another priority.)
“We had many sophisticated professionals as part of our client portfolio already, but we were perhaps not as focused on that target client. We were a little unfocused on our personal style point of view,” Ellis said. “This [Scandal line] has really helped us home in on who she was, what her drivers were to purchase, what is important to her and what her personal style is.”
While encouraging voter registration through marketing is something The Limited had not thought of but may consider, Washington, a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, said she prefers to keep her own politically-minded pursuits separate. “I don’t do my political work as a quote-unquote celebrity or somebody in the public eye. I am involved politically because we live in a democracy and we all as Americans have the right and the responsibility if we choose to be involved in that way. I do that work in my personal life even though it can get confusing because the show takes place in Washington and deals with politics. My politics are very separate from the show. I mean, Olivia Pope works for a Republican.”
The Obama White House has dealt with its share of scandals lately.
If the president wants advice on spinning his administration’s woes, he can turn to a famous fixer for counsel — or at least someone who plays the part quite dramatically on television.
President Obama will travel (again) to Southern California, where the money flows and the golf is great, next month to raise money for the Democratic National Committee at the home of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes. And, yes, Kerry Washington (a.k.a. Olivia Pope) will be there, too.
To merely be in the presence of Washington and Obama costs $1,000 (or you can raise $5,000). It’s $10,000 (or raise $20,000) for the reception and a photo with Obama. To get the picture and eat dinner in the same room as Obama is $20,000, and to co-host, which gets you all of the above plus your name on the invitation, is $32,400, according to an invitation made public by the Sunlight Foundation.
The DNC confirmed the event.
Rhimes’s Los Angeles address is available upon RSVP (and probably after the check is deposited), and a “performance” (presumably a musical guest) is listed as TBD. The July 23 party will mark the fourth time that Obama has visited California this year. He’s spent more than 40 days in the state over his presidency, according to a database of presidential travel built by Brendan Doherty, an associate professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Kerry Washington has been a faithful Obama supporter since early in the 2008 campaign. But while Michelle Obama is a fan of the show, which depicts a flawed president having an affair with a campaign adviser/D.C. fixer, the president had — as of March — never watched it, he told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show. But he assured her that television politics is far more interesting than the real thing.
“If you followed me, most of my day is sitting in a room listening to a bunch of folks in gray suits talking about a bunch of stuff that wouldn’t make very good television,” Obama said in the interview.
Of course, that was aired before he took to the streets of Washington and started referring to himself as “the bear.”
Between her brand new family and the success of ABC’s “Scandal,” Kerry Washington is arguably having the year of her life.
Portraying the ultimate political fixer, leader of her team (affectionately known as her Gladiators), and all-around best-dressed badass, Olivia Pope, Washington has paved the way for strong, female leads on television. She truly is a force to be reckoned with.
Nominated for Best Actress in a drama last year, Washington was the first African-American nominee in her category in 18 years. Could this be her year?
With Friday’s Emmy nomination deadline quickly approaching, Washington took TheWrap’s Emmy contender Q&A quickie. In it, she spoke about her experience on Season 3 of “Scandal,” the other show that would get her Emmy vote, and the clever ways she hid her pregnancy from viewers.
1. TheWrap: What was the toughest thing you had to do this season?
Kerry Washington: This was for sure Olivia’s darkest season so far. It was a wonderful challenge to play such a powerful woman experiencing her own powerlessness.
2. What was the most fun thing you had to do this season?
Hide behind purses, stacks of paperwork and Tony Goldwyn‘s leg. [Editor's note: Washington was pregnant while shooting the last season and had to hide it because her character wasn't.]
3. Let’s assume that somebody has never seen your show. What would you say to persuade them to watch it?
It’s a roller coaster ride that you don’t have to leave home to get on!
4. You’re an Emmy voter. You can’t vote for yourself or your show. Who’s at the top of your ballot?
“Key & Peele.”
5. If you could play another role on any other show, what would it be?
Arya Stark on “Games of Thrones.”
6. What was the last TV show you binge-watched? How many episodes did you see in a sitting?
“Luther.” I think four.
7. If you get nominated, what will you pick as your Emmy episode?
I have no idea! I’m honestly honored to even be asked that question.
8. Is this the Golden Age of Television?
I think it is! I’m so grateful to be working in this medium at this time.
Kerry Washington rocks beautiful wavy hair while attending Women In Film 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Wednesday (June 11) in Century City, California. She was joined by Eva Longoria and pregnant Lake Bell at the ceremony, as well as being honored with the Women in Film Lucy Award for Excellence in Television. You can check out 131 MQ and HQ photos of Kerry at the event. Enjoy!
FYI: Kerry is wearing a Sportmax dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, Raowoulf clutch, Vhernier ring and Kate Spade earrings.
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jun 11: Women In Film 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards – Arrivals
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Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jun 11: Women In Film 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards – Backstage
As we told you last night, Kerry Washington stunned at her first public appearance since giving birth in April at the Crystal + Lucy Awards.
But get this—the Scandal star admits she’s been a little nervous about her return to the spotlight. “I was anxioous about being on the carpet,” Washington told me last night.
Her big return started just the day before the awards when she did video chat with The Los Angeles Times.
“It’s a little crazy,” Washington told me last night. “Yesterday was like my fist time being back in the game and I was so nervous. It was like the first day of school nervous. But I missed our gladiators and all the social media and you guys and all the photographers.”
And we missed you, Kerry.
But as the new mom pointed out, “I was away for good reasons.”
In a move Olivia Pope would be proud of, Washington and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha practically disappeared for the last few months. Even after Washington gave birth to their daughter Isabelle on April 21, they were able to keep her arrival a secret for about two weeks.
Washington will soon be returning to Scandal to shoot season four. “I just saw Shonda [Rhimes] yesterday and I was like, “Where is that plane going? Where’s it going?” Washington said, referring to the season finale that ended with Olivia and Jake leaving town on a private jet. “For all I know, there could have been engine trouble and we circle back and we’re in D.C. or we could be in Timbuktu. I don’t know.”
Though Rhimes said she was looking forward to not having to hide Washington’s bump from the cameras, she told me that doesn’t mean Olivia will stop carrying some of her signature oversize handbags. “We like our big handbags,” she said. “Don’t try to take away our big handbags.”
Rhimes presented Washington with the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television at last night’s star-studded gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Asomugha didn’t walk the red carpet with his wife, but instead slipped into the ballroom for a seat by her side.
The Women In Film event also honored Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria, Rose Byrne and Frozen director Jennifer Lee. Presenters and guests included Laura Dern, Lake Bell, Kristen Bell, Kathleen Robertson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diahann Carroll, Shohreh Aghdashio and Scandal’s Jon Tenney.
For more scoop and interviews from the Crystal + Lucy Awards, make sure to come back to E! Online and check out E! News tonight at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.