Emmys Open Post: Hosted by the lovely & groundbreaking Kerry Washington

Here is your Open Post for this evening’s Emmy Awards. This post is hosted by Kerry Washington, the first African-American actress to lead a network drama series since 1974. Kerry wasn’t nominated for an Emmy last year (which would have been for Season 1 of Scandal), and with her nomination this year, she could be the first African-American actress to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama. These pics are from Kerry’s appearance yesterday at the BAFTA Pre-Emmy tea party – the BAFTA LA organization celebrates American and British actors annually at this event, and Kerry was one of the big “gets” for the celebration. Kerry is wearing Giambattista Valli Resort 2014. Pretty.

So, will Kerry win the Emmy? I would like it if she did, just from a historical, groundbreaking standpoint. I don’t know if she deserves the award yet because I haven’t been watching Scandal (I know, I’m bad). Many see her biggest competition in Claire Danes for Homeland. Claire won the Emmy last year (Homeland swept the big drama awards). I’m a big fan of Homeland and of Claire in particular, and while I think Claire is doing amazing work in Homeland, last season was all over the place and I do wonder if Homeland’s fans might be okay with Kerry getting the big award.

Plus, I’m making Kerry the hostess of the Open Post because everybody is excited to see what she’s going to wear. Kerry is one of the big fashionistas with a nomination this year (so is Claire, incidentally), so I’m sure we’ll be talking about Kerry no matter what.

I’ll update if and when anything exciting happens on the red carpet.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Sixer says:

    Sadly, I am orff to my bed shortly.

    I hope I wake up to find Top of the Lake has won EVERYTHING.

  2. Faye says:

    While I do think Kerry Washington is very talented, and her win would be historic, I’d prefer the Emmy to go to the best actress. For me, this year that would be Robin Wright in “House of Cards.” I doubt it will happen, but it should.

  3. outstandingworldcitizen says:

    I want House of Cards to win big!!!!!! I’m torn btwn Kerry and Robin. Kerry does carry the show so based on that alone she might win.

  4. FingerBinger says:

    Scandal is an awesome show and I am rooting for Kerry Washington. I still think that Sons of Anarchy and Katey Sagal should have definitely gotten nominated.

  5. Kaiser says:

    Zooey Deschanel looks pretty in her J. Mandel! She’s my favorite so far.

    Zosia Mamet’s dress was horrible & her red carpet interview was sort of painful.

  6. Thiajoka says:

    I want Breaking Bad to sweep everything. But if not this year, maybe next year.

  7. Laurabb says:

    Tina looks breasty and I like it! I hope that she and Amy host the Globes again!

  8. misstressofsylar says:

    I’m off to bed soon (other side of the world resident) but I’m hoping to wake up and find Modern Family has been officially shut down from the Emmys. Seriously, that show stopped being funny after the first season. Also, Alec Baldwin please over Jim Parsons. And I’m okay with Douglas winning over Cumberbatch. He was realy good as Liberace. Is Benedict even attending? cause if he is and Matt Damon will too, I wanna see a pic of them together!

  9. Karen says:

    Media are trying too hard to make Kerry Washington happen, like they are with Lily Collins, daughter of Phil Collins. Both are beautiful but have not done anything worthy for the media attention and praise they get.

    I remember when Vanity Fair included her on their stars of television issue BEFORE Scandal had come out yet and placed her alongside established tv actresses

    • lisa2 says:

      I kind of feel this too. I don’t watch the show so not a good judge, but all this ‘fashion talk” around Kerry is getting a bit irritating. I see her heading on the same road as Diane Kruger. All the talk about the clothes and not the work. I thought she would have gotten a lot more offers after that movie she was in.

      She is lovely and smart. I’m just over all the clothes talk and it does feel like overkill with how she is being pushed. People usually just HAPPEN on their own. I want to see what she does outside Scandal..

  10. Laurabb says:

    Sarah Silverman looks great for $60.

  11. mw says:

    Kerry is lovely, but an Emmy? Possibly one of the most self-conscious actresses out there.

  12. Claudia says:

    I’ve watched Scandal, House of Cards, Homeland, etc. Robin Wright deserves to win, by far.

  13. Sachi says:

    Anna Gunn’s dress looks divine.

    Christina Hendricks looks va-va-voom in her dress, makeup, and hair!

    Oh, sh*t. Damien Lewis shaved his head. :(

  14. Laurabb says:

    Amy Poehler is Awesome! I love how she high jacked that interview.

  15. Kaiser says:

    From what I’m seeing of Claire Danes and Kerry, I kind of hate both of their dresses.

    This carpet is so boring!

  16. Laurabb says:

    Julie Bowen is always a mess.

  17. lisa2 says:

    Julia Louis Dreyfus looks KILLER IN HER DRESS.. she and Tina Fey. So much talk about women in their 40′s and great bodies.. well these are women in their 40′s and have kids and they are killing it.

  18. Jackson says:

    January Jones seemed kinda bitchy in that interview. Is she always like that??

  19. MissCo says:

    Anyone else love Kate Mara’s harsh hair styling and white dress??!

  20. MisJes says:

    January Jones looked absolutely GORGEOUS. That gown was perfection, and the hair, make up and jewellery all looked amazing.

    Sofia Vergara’s look was completely flawless. Loved the colour and fit!

    Julie Bowen and Tina Fey both looked great!

  21. Betty says:

    Yay…Merritt weaver’ I love her

  22. Laurabb says:

    Shortest Emmy speech ever! Why?

  23. islandwalker says:

    I still don’t understand why Person of Interest doesn’t get any Emmy love. It’s one of the best, well written and acted shows on network television.

  24. natalie says:

    OMG Lena Headley you are a beautiful woman why are you wearing two dressses, part of a bathing suit, and the sidelight curtains from a goth brothel, and WHITE SHOES!?! AFTER LABOR DAY!?!

  25. grabbyhands says:

    Lena Dunham either has no stylist or the one she has really hates her. Every time I see her on the red carpet she always looks dumpy.

  26. Tiffany says:

    Gail Mancuso kissed Steve Levithan before her husband. I know they need to keep the speeches short, but man. Also, loved Julia Dryfuss speech.

  27. Jayna says:

    Sarah Silverman looked the best she’s ever looked, all in a little black dress costing $60. She is thinner. Her hair and face looked pretty, much younger looking than 42.

  28. MisJes says:

    Jim Parsons winning the Lead Actor in a Comedy -what total bullshit.

    I wish Jason Bateman had won for Arrested Development!

  29. Side-Eye says:

    So people are pressed about Jim Parsons winning, which I get.

  30. Tiffany says:

    So is Carrie Underwood’s default prom gowns. I really wonder every time I see her.

    Also, they want a three hour program but none of the time will be used for the winner’s to speak. Really!!!!!

  31. Jayna says:

    Carrie Underwood singing the Beatles iconic song Yesterday? Just no. She’s fine for what she does and has a powerful voice, but she doesn’t have enough soul or tenderness in her voice to sing such a song. And I’ve never been a big fan of her vocal tone, which is a little nasally. It was a nice performance but didn’t move me. And that song should move me when performed.

  32. MisJes says:

    Nathan Fillion in the dance number, loved it! “Shut up, I’m going to sing.” Lol! And I got a nice surprise seeing Stephen Amell presenting too, I like him.

    The standing ovation they gave Bob Newhart when he was presenting was adorable. An industry legend and a gentleman. Also, I’ve missed Michael J Fox and his tribute was lovely.

  33. InVain says:

    Carrie Preston looked soooo good. That color wouldn’t work on most people with her complexion.

  34. lucy2 says:

    I’m half loving, half disappointed in the winners thus far (seriously, Cranston and Paul, no? Are we saving it for next year?). Yay for Anna Gunn though, and Tony Hale! Buster!
    I really like Kerry and she’s great on Scandal – I was happy to see her get nominated, but in terms of material to work with, Scandal doesn’t match up to the cable heavy hitters, so I’m not surprised she didn’t get it.

    So the Voice got 5 Emmy nominations, and Justified got NONE. ZERO. Ponder that one a while. Ugh.

  35. MissCo says:

    anyone see Juliane Hough’s dress?? Worst dress of the night by far!

  36. emmie_a says:

    I don’t know if I like the way they are honoring the deceased. It’s such an odd balance between upbeat moments then — sad. I like it better when they do it all in one shot. And why are certain deceased people are more important than others? That’s just odd to spotlight a few.

    And Shemar Moore is a horrible backstage host! He seems downright creepy.

    • InVain says:

      Um, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one kind of grossed out by Shemar….Anna Faris and Allison Janney’s faces said it all. Barf.

    • MisJes says:

      I completely agree with you. It’s not right that they select some for special highlighting with a monologue by a peer and then only flash the pictures of the rest for a few seconds each. All of these people have made unique contributions to the industry and are equally deserving of recognition.

      I feel like I shouldn’t say this, as these people are sadly deceased – but you have to wonder how so many of the people featured in the In Memorium segment with decades long, incredibly successful careers were passed over for their own special segment for someone known mostly for a character on a teen show for a few seasons.

      • islandwalker says:

        I could not agree with you more MisJes and emmie_a. They should honor them all equally. It’s unbelievable (and disrespectful) to me to give special segment to a kid who was famous for one role and basically killed himself (I know, addictions are a disease and I don’t mean to sound harsh) and not do the same for legends in television history. Klugman, Hagman and others had 40-60 year careers. They forged the way and evolved with the times and contributed so much. No one should be singled out as more important. If they are going to do this, then choose the ones who stood the test of time.

  37. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    Bryan Cranton & Aaron Paul were robbed. Carnavale plays a a disgusting ape wherever he appears . I love Jeff but no way is his show or character more intense and compelling than BB. and if not BB, Hamm or Spacey way more deserving. Hate the Emmy voters tonight. Though happy for Anna Gunn she deserved it.

    • emmie_a says:

      Well – they still have next year… Which makes me wonder if the ending of Breaking Bad is why Mad Men is splitting their final season into two separate seasons? I heard the final 8 episodes won’t air until 2015. So that means they will be around for two more Emmy cycles, giving the show a better chance w/out Breaking Bad and giving Jon Hamm more of a chance at an award w/out Brain Cranston around?? — Unless I’m wrong about how the timing works out!

    • InVain says:

      Totally agree about Jeff – while I enjoy his show and really like his character…Spacey or Cranston are far more deserving. Disappointing.

  38. Tiffany says:

    YAY Stephen Colbert. His show had been knocking it out of park for the last few years while the Emmy’s have been up The Daily Show butthole.

  39. Onasan says:

    So happy Anna Gunn won! I read her NYT open letter and was surprised/disappointed to hear some people sent her hate letters. She does a great job on the show.

    Didn’t Carrie Underwoid’s rendition of Imagine AT ALL!

    Agree with the posters above on Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright deserving to win.

    Disappointed BB’s actors didn’t take home more awards…. But it did win the big award!!!!

  40. Janet says:

    I was hoping Kerry Washington would win but I haven’t seen any of the other shows so I can’t compare her one way or another against her competition. I confess to being an incurable Scandalholic. I’ve watched every single episode at least twice,

  41. Fatkid says:

    Am I the only one that saw the trickle of blood on the top of NPH’s head after the middle of the show dance number?

  42. Janet says:

    I’m glad James Cromwell won, he was excellent in American Horror Story, but Jessica Lange should definitely have won for best actress and the show should have won the mini-series award.

  43. Megan says:

    Idk, I like Kerry and think she is stunning but in all honesty, I think Scandal is such a terrible show. The acting is good, but every time I try to watch it I have to turn it off because I can’t stop rolling my eyes. I suppose I can see Kerry getting the Emmy nom, but a win?? Hell no. Thing is, I think a lot of people just want her to win because she is African American and while it’s been WAY too long since we had a black woman get an Emmy, I don’t think we should just throw it at anyone. First we need more POC on TV, and not just blacks. Hispanics, Asians, and dare I say it? Native Americans even.

    • A says:

      Why is it that every damn time a black woman is nominated for anything, it’s always a “token” or “because she’s African American”.
      I know this might be hard for some people to understand, but some of us actually like her because she’s a great actress, not because she happens to be black.
      It’s funny because if a black person doesn’t get nominated, it’s because she/he “just wasn’t good enough”, but if she/he gets nominated, “it’s because she’s black and they just want to be PC”. God forbid they win. Then it’s a combination of PC/political/reverse racism/etc.

  44. Guest says:

    Lovely and talented KW will not win. it is just they way of Hollywood. I suspect that she is well aware of this but she will continue to act as an educated adult.