Kerry Washington Revealed Which 2020 Emmy Nomination Means the Most to Her

Good Morning America recently welcomed Emmy nominee, Kerry Washington, to chat about her latest project, The Fight. While on the show, Washington also opened up about how she learned of her quadruple Emmy nods, and which nomination is the most meaningful.

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Kerry Washington learned about her multiple Emmy nominations while doing chores

Washington is known for her dramatic on-screen work, including leading roles on Scandal and Little Fires Everywhere. Although she has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award on several occasions, she has yet to take home a statue. Some fans think this could be the year.

This awards season, Washington is nominated for a whopping four Primetime Emmys, as reported by ET Online. For her work on Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere, Washington earned a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

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Behind the camera as the head of Simpson Street production company, she scored nominations for Outstanding Variety Special for Live in Front of a Studio Audience, Outstanding Television Movie for American Son, and Outstanding Limited Series or Movie for Little Fires Everywhere.

Washington has delivered extraordinary content, but news of the Emmy nods came while she was doing something quite ordinary. She told GMA, “I was doing a ritual that many of us do now. I was in the process of unpacking and wiping down my groceries to put them away in times of [COVID-19]. And so, I was really all-hands-on-deck, focused on doing mom stuff, and my phone started blowing up. And I was like, what is happening? Why are all these people texting me?”

Washington revealed the Emmy nomination that means the most to her

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“So, I was really, I was obviously thrilled,” Washington told GMA about landing four Primetime Emmy Award nominations in one year. She went on to share her thoughts on which nod is the most meaningful.

“I think the nomination that means the most to me is our beautiful, beautiful nomination for Lynn Shelton, who directed our show. She was our lead director. She directed the pilot, and the finale, and episodes in between, and she’s just… She passed recently at the age of 54, so I know that she’s celebrating from the beyond,” said Washington.

Fans may recognize Shelton’s work as a director of New Girl, Fresh Off the Boat, and GLOW, among other projects.  

“Reese Witherspoon and I were just saying, you know, what a blessing she was to our show and how special of a person she was,” Washington reflected. “And so, to have the Academy honor her in this way means so much to us.”

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Washington has more creative ventures on the horizon, and before signing off of her GMA interview, she invited fans to watch her latest film, The Fight. The star served as a producer on the project, which is available now on various streaming platforms.