Emmys exclusive: Viola Davis & Kerry Washington to be submitted as guest actresses for ‘Scandal’/’HTGAWM’ crossover

Gladiators, did you enjoy ABC’s “Scandal”/”How to Get Away with Murder” crossover that aired Thursday, March 1? Well then you better grab your popcorn and red wine and listen up! Gold Derby has learned exclusively that ABC will be making the savvy Emmy move of submitting Viola Davis and Kerry Washington as guest actresses on each other’s shows, in addition to also placing them as usual in the lead actress category. If Emmy voters take the bait, that means Davis and Washington could both be double nominees this year for Best Drama Actress and Best Drama Guest Actress.

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As law professor Annalise Keating on “How to Get Away with Murder,” Davis made history in 2015 by being the first black performer to win the Emmy for Best Drama Actress. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said at the podium. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” She went on to thank her show’s producer Shonda Rhimes, someone who redefines “what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.”

For her role as Washington D.C. fixer-turned-White House Chief of Staff Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” Washington earned back-to-back Emmy nominations in 2013 and 2014. She was also honored with trophies at the BET Awards and Image Awards for “Scandal,” a show that’s currently enjoying its swan song on ABC after seven seasons.

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In the two-hour “How to Get Away with Scandal” crossover event, the powerful women met face-to-face because Annalise needed Olivia’s help getting her case about racial injustice heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. “Scandal’s” Marcus Walker (Cornelius Smith Jr.) and “HTGAWM’s” Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) also crossed over between the TGIT shows, and let’s just say their characters hit things off a little bit too much.

What do you think about ABC’s strategy of submitting Davis and Washington in both Emmy categories? Sound off down in the comments section. The Gold Derby predictions center for the 2018 Emmy Awards has launched, so we encourage you to start making your picks in all of the major categories right now.

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