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Kerry Washington wins first Emmy Award as producer of ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Good Times’ revivals

New York Daily News — Karu F. Daniels New York Daily News

Sept. 16--Well, there truly is more than one way to skin a cat.

Kerry Washington knows this all to well now that she has her first Emmy Award win.

The “Scandal” star could finally add the coveted trophy to her mantle as co-executive producer of the star-studded revivals of the classic Norman Lear sitcoms “All in the Family” and “Good Times.”

During the second night of the 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which are being announced virtually this year, ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Good Times’” was awarded Outstanding Variety Special (Live).

The live special, which re-enacted episodes of the original 1970s sitcoms, featured a cast including Viola Davis, Andre Braugher, Tiffany Haddish, Marisa Tomei and Woody Harrelson.

Washington served as an executive producer, alongside legendary TV producer Lear, co-host Jimmy Kimmel, actors Will Ferrell, Justin Theroux and more.

“OMG. So proud of @simpsonstreet and this incredible cast and crew,” Washington wrote on her Instagram Stories in response to the win on Tuesday night.

The nostalgic television event was in tough competition against “The Oscars,” “77th Annual Golden Globe Awards,” “Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show” starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira and the “73rd Annual Tony Awards.”

Washington has been nominated for a total of eight Emmy Awards, including two for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as political powerhouse Olivia Pope on Shonda Rhimes' “Scandal.”

The 43-year-old Bronx native is currently nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in “Little Fires Everywhere.”

“To be recognized in this way this morning is such an honor -- but to be able to share it with my partner Pilar Savone and our Simpson Street family makes it even more meaningful,” Washington said about the nominations in July.

“The experiences we’ve been able to have this year were beyond our wildest dreams: working with the legendary Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel to bring iconic shows from the ’70s to new audiences with Live in Front of a Studio Audience, to adapting American Son, a Broadway play about Black lives and police violence to Netflix, to bringing Celeste Ng’s beautiful novel Little Fires Everywhere to life with my incredible friends Reese Witherspoon, Lauren Neustadter and Liz Tigelar.”

Other winners from night two of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards are “Saturday Night Live,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “The Masked Singer,” among others.

The 2020 Emmys will air live Sept. 20 on ABC.


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