Kerry Washington Leads ‘NAACP Image Awards’ Nominations


Over the past weekend, Oprah stopped by the set of “Scandal” to talk to Kerry Washington as well as Judy Smith ( the real life Olivia Pope), and creator Shonda Rhimes. During the interview, Kerry discussed how she was able to transition from playing the powerful DC Fixer Olivia Pope in Scandal, to playing the slave Broomhilda, in the upcoming movie Django Unchained.

The conversation got very deep as Kerry talked about having to film her Django scenes at an actual slave plantation in front of actual whipping trees and the toll that the role took on her. Both women became teary eyed at the end.

Catch a highlight plus the full interview below:

Oprah: Tell me how difficult it was for you as Kerry Washington, to go back and forth between what everyone is now calling the first lady of drama, Olivia Pope, powerful, sexy, the walk, everything, and Django Unchained, barefoot in the wilderness.

Kerry: This year for me as an actor has been such a ride. I basically shot Django in the nine months between season 1 and season 2 of Scandal. There is almost no time off in between. I said to my mom, I have to now go two centuries back in two days. I had to make the leap from when we were doing Django from playing a woman, who in our constitution at the time, is described as 3/5 of a human being. She and her husband, played by Jaime, run away to try and have some freedom, because they can’t even legally be married. So to go from playing that woman, to playing Olivia Pope, it felt like such a responsibility, and an honor that I would be blessed with that challenge to play these two women.

When we shot Django, we were privileged to shoot, on an actual slave plantation in Louisiana. To do these scenes on sacred ground, where these crimes were committed, and there was a day where I had to do a scene where my character is whipped for attempting to run away, and one of the production assistants said to one of the people who works the plantation “How come that tree doesn’t have any moss?” and the expert at the plantation said “Well that was probably a hanging tree” and that tree was above where I was being whipped, so I knew that where my character was withstanding these lashes, that someone had died there. I mean Jaime and I almost didn’t survive the shooting of the movie for pretend. We were texting each other at 3 and 4 in the morning ‘I can’t sleep, I can’t believe what we have to do tomorrow, I can’t believe what we have to go through,’ and the fact that I could barely make it through the nine months, I’m so grateful there were people who came before me that were able to live through it for their whole lifetime. It made me realize that not just I, Kerry, but also Olivia Pope, is so the answer to Broomhildas prayers, and that these characters are so intertwined, although they exists worlds apart in media, but that they are the same woman, hundreds of years apart. She is the answer to Broomhildas prayers about what might be possible one day.

Kerry is also nominated for several NAACP awards!!! Check out the nods below.


Motion Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
“Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
“Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
“Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” (Lionsgate)

Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
Jamie Foxx – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Morgan Freeman – “The Magic of Belle Isle” (Magnolia Pictures)
Suraj Sharma – “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox)
Tyler Perry – “Alex Cross” (Summit Entertainment)

Actress in a Motion Picture
Emayatzy Corinealdi – “Middle of Nowhere” (AAFRM)
Halle Berry – “Cloud Atlas” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Loretta Devine – “In The Hive” (Eone Entertainment)
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Viola Davis – “Won’t Back Down” (20th Century Fox)

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
David Oyelowo – “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)
Don Cheadle – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
Dwight Henry – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Lenny Kravitz – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
Samuel L. Jackson – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amandla Stenberg – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
Gloria Reuben – “Lincoln” (The Walt Disney Studios)
Kerry Washington – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Phylicia Rashad – “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” (Lionsgate)
Taraji P. Henson – “Think Like a Man” (Screen Gems)

 Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
Khandi Alexander – “Treme” (HBO)
Regina King – “SouthLAnd” (TNT)
Sandra Oh – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Full list of nominees here.