‘Scandal’s’ final season (*sniff*) submits 9 actors on Emmy ballot including Kerry Washington and Viola Davis

ABC’s Emmy-winning series “Scandal” may have left the airwaves, but it still has one last chance to add more trophies to its mantel. Shonda Rhimes‘ White House drama previously took home back-to-back Emmys for Best Drama Guest Actor Dan Bucatinsky in 2013 and Joe Morton in 2014 — in addition to earning Best Drama Actress bids for series star Kerry Washington (2013-14). Washington is back in contention for the final time as White House fixer Olivia Pope and she’s joined by eight others on the 2018 Emmy ballot, including guest star Viola Davis, who crossed over from “How to Get Away with Murder” in one of the TV season’s most memorable twists.

As law professor Annalise Keating on “How to Get Away with Murder,” Davis made history in 2015 by being the first black woman to win Best Drama Actress. Can she now win a bookend trophy for guesting on “Scandal”? Annalise came face-to-face with Olivia during the March 1 crossover event in a storyline involving Annalise’s U.S. Supreme Court case about racial injustice. Olivia was able to use her powerful contacts, including former President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant (Tony Goldwyn), to help Annalise win her case.

TV critics loved the “Scandal”/”HTGAWM” crossover, with Joshua Alston (Vulture) writing, “This big crossover could have easily turned into fan service for its own sake [but it] doesn’t feel nearly as much like a stunt.” And Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya (AV Club) remarked that “watching Washington and Davis on screen together is transcendent.” The overnight ratings for the crossover reflected those raves, as both shows “drove noticeable ratings increases” for ABC, noted Variety.

Over the last few years the TV academy gave farewell hugs to a bunch of departing dramatic actors including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn for “Breaking Bad” (2014), Jon Hamm for “Mad Men” (2015) and Maggie Smith for “Downton Abbey” (2016). Might some of the “Scandal” cast members be next to join this list?

Here’s the complete list of all nine “Scandal” acting submissions on the 2018 Emmy ballot:

Best Drama Actress: Kerry Washington

Best Drama Supporting Actress: Katie Lowes, Darby Stanchfield, Bellamy Young

Best Drama Supporting Actor: Guillermo Diaz, Tony Goldwyn, Joe Morton, Jeff Perry

Best Drama Guest Actress: Viola Davis

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