It’s been 20 years since Kerry Washington’s screen debut in the 2000 film “Our Song,” and now, after two decades of working in the film and television industry, she has finally won an Emmy.
The second day of the 2020 Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies took place on Tuesday, Sept. 15, when Washington was honored during the virtual festivities. Although Washington is mainly known for her acting, she was actually awarded for her role as an executive producer on ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Good Times’” special that aired in December 2019.
The show won for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) and was up against the “73rd Annual Tony Awards,” the “77th Annual Golden Globe Awards,” “The Oscars,” and the “Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.”
“OMG,” the actress later wrote in an Instagram post after learning about the win, “So proud of @simpsonstreet and this incredible cast and crew.”
Some notable people shared the award with Washington include Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Will Ferrell, all of whom were executive producers for the live shows as well.
Kimmel also took to his own Instagram sharing a photo of what appears to be members of the casts and crews of “All in the Family” and “Good Times.” His caption reads, “Good Times indeed! Congratulations to the great cast and crew of #LIveInFrontOfAStudioAudience forwinning the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live)! #AllinTheFamily #GoodTimes.”
Three out of the seven times that Washington was nominated for an Emmy were for executive producer roles, while the other four times were for her acting roles. Along with “All in the Family” and “Good Times,” she has been nominated for her work as an executive producer for Netflix movie “American Son” and Hulu’s original series “Little Fires Everywhere.”
She was first nominated in 2013 for her performance as Olivia Pope in ABC’s hit drama series “Scandal.”