Look closely at Gold Derby’s chart tracking the Emmy race for Best Drama Actress and you’ll discover something curious. Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) is the only leading contender on the upswing. According to the experts’ predictions, Claire Danes (“Homeland”) and Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) may be ahead, but their mojo is tracking down while third-placed Kerry Washington is trending up.
Three experts boldly forecast her victory: Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Ken Tucker and me. See how she’s ranked by all of our experts here.
If she makes the official Emmy list, she’ll become only the fifth African-American woman to be nominated for Best Drama Actress. Previous contenders: Debbie Allen (“Fame”; 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985), Alfre Woodard (“St. Elsewhere”; 1986), Regina Taylor (“I’ll Fly Away”; 1992, 1993) and Cicely Tyson (“Sweet Justice”; 1995). None has won.
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