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Why These Scandal Cast Members Should Be Nominated for an Emmy

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 Well it’s that time of year again and now we have a real game changer. At the ABC Upfronts Shonda Rhimes announced that this would be the last year of “Scandal.” As members of the National Academy ofTelevision  Arts and Sciences are voting , me and the other fans would like them to remember a few names when they are casting their ballots. Joe Morton and Dan Bucatinsky have already  been acknowledged with the Emmy and Bellamy was acknowledged with a Critics Choice Award, but there are other members that should be standing proudly with their own award.

 

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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope…. Olivia has went on quite a journey in seven seasons. She has finally realized that the man she loves is Fitz. Jake is no longer in the picture. Her relationship with her parents is healed and she will be the Chief of Staff to Madam President Grant. She has the power that she wants and will be also running the evil organization that ruined her father. There is only one thing that is left for Livvy and that is happiness. We all want her to tell Mellie to take this job and shove it. She belongs in a big house in Vermont with her ex Presidential boyfriend. Kerry has had the nomination before , but never the big prize. So after you won the Oscar, Viola, can’t you let your girl take it home in her final year?

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Tony Goldwyn as Former President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant the Third- Fitz has went through enough that any normal man could tolerate , let alone someone who is the leader of the free world. With three Veeps and three Chiefs of Staff, it is enough to drive anyone crazy. Adding to it , an assassination attempt , a son murdered, the first President divorced in office and the woman he loves kidnapped and tortured. Spacey can win the nominations and awards , but his Underwood doesn’t have half the heart that Grant does. Fitz is the ultimate romantic hero. President who will do anything for the woman he loves, including letting her go. It remains to be seen whether “Olitz” will get to be together, but we are hoping they will as we come to the end. So Academy members, nominate Tony Goldwyn for playing a man who knows how to love and has grown . (Plus he looks great without a shirt)

 

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Bellamy Young as President Melody Margaret Grant- Mellie started her journey as the bitch who wanted Olivia to service her husband so she wouldn’t have to do it. But then jealousy reared it’s ugly head and she wanted her gone. She called Olivia every dirty name in the book, whore, homewrecker, can’t keep her legs together and christened her America’s Mistress. But then tragedy struck and Mellie and Fitz lost their  son. Bellamy has hit it our of the park with her story lines. We wondered what made her so bitter, and we got out answer when Mellie revealed she was raped by none other than her own father in law. It was no wonder she didn’t want to be touched by her husband and forced herself to conceive a child to save his Presidency. Everything she did, she did for him. Finally, Mellie steps up and becomes the woman to run the White House. People may think that this fictional couple mirrors the real life Clintons, but let it be known that Claire and Frank Underwood don’t have the same hootzpah as this Washington power couple. Can’t wait to see her in action with Liv as her COS.

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Jeff Perry as Vice President Cyrus Beene- Perry is one of the founders of one of the most prestigious theatre companies in the country, the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Along with Terry Kinney, Gary Sinise, their theatre has nurtured such talent as John Mahoney, Laurie Metcalf, (his ex wife) , Gary Cole, and numerous others. Jeff has been on the scene for years, but people didn’t take notice until he took the role of the power hungry , homosexual Cyrus Rutherford Beene. Cyrus finally managed to hitch his wagon to rising star Grant to take him to the White House. He rigged an election, kept two people apart to save his place in the West Wing. Ultimately he found love and it looked like he was going to have his happy ending. But then tragedy struck and someone murdered the love of his life. Ever since, he did anything to keep his place in the White House. It looks like he has come full circle and he has been through hell. His prison scenes were the best he had done in seven seasons. These gritty scenes proved that he is one of the best actors on television. It is definitely time for this extraordinary actor to win the same award that so many of his own ensemble has also won.

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Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan- Abby has went the same route that Olivia has, she has gone from OPA to the White House and back again. She has forsaken love for power and been the only woman who has been immune to the charms of one Fitzgerald Grant. Well its because she knew deep down, that there would only be one for the President. She even accommodated his whims after Liv dumped him. Her lust for power almost cost her friend, Huck his life. She is also the one who contacted Steven when Liv had been kidnapped. Her biggest cheerleader proved to be Cyrus, and her best friend was Fitz. Now that the FTG 111  adminstration is out of the White House, she is back at OPA and ready to gladiate.

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Dan Bucatinsky as James Novak – Dan has already won an Emmy for this role, but considering the fact that his role as “Andy” is history he should be compensated by winning another one. James was the only deceased character that had made an appearance in the 100th. His character made such an impact on the AU storyline because Cyrus was in the closet but still wanted the power. His solution was to marry the ex Mrs Grant and then still see James. But he realized that he still loved James and couldn’t deny it. Alas Mellie Grant and him married for power and her ex, Fitz married for love. It proved one thing, Dan is still loved by the fans and respected by the cast and crew. Hmm, “24 Legacy ” is gone , maybe its time to resurrect him. Are you listening , Shonda?

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Zoe Perry as “Samantha” Mystery Woman” or “Ponytail Bitch” -For someone with such a royal pedigree as Zoe, she definitely made her mark on the show. Her character was enough to bring down the royal evil character on this show and that is “Rowan” . She also managed to manipulate Abby to betray her friends.  She convinced the naive David Rosen to fall in love with her, yet he asked Abby if they could poke her head with chopsticks.  Like so many other characters before her, she was brought to her death by the formiddable Rowan.  She has definitely owned her place to accept the Emmy for best guest appearance.

 

 

 

 

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Red Carpet Royalty Shines at Emmy Awards

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Well the festivities are over and Hollywood is partying . It was definitely one of the most glamorous Emmy awards of the past few years. In this election year, it was very appropriate to have three Presidents at the ceremony. The nineties seemed to have returned with the two movies about the two biggest news stories of the decade. Add to that two stars that were part of that friendly group of friends that were also nominated tonight.Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer were both present. Schwimmer was a nominee for his role in The People vs OJ Simpson   ABC paraded their best and finest tonight in designer gowns and tuxes. (Question, why didn’t we see any other cast of comedies beside Modern Family and Blackish? ) The gal who stole the show on social media tonight was mama to be Kerry Washington. Her Chaka Kahn look rocked the carpet with her Brandon Maxwell and natural curls. The cutouts fit very well around the impending baby embracing her curves. Her hubby was there but the man she was photographed with the most was her leading man and co star Tony Goldwyn. With his Brooks Brothers tux , it looked more like the two were appearing on their hit series than presenting an award.

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Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra reminded me of an Indian princess in her fiery Jason Wu gown. It is the perfect introduction to a new season of Quantico since there is bound to be an explosion and fire. Love how it flows and how it spells fun

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Black girls rocked tonight and that was obvious . “Empire” star and nominee Taraji P Henson shined in a yellow Vera Wang gown  that clung to her well toned body. Her clutch sparkled with her initials and was made by  Edie Parker. She became chameleon for the night when she swapped out her curls for a wig that was a black bob. Love how the silver sandals went with the gold of the dress

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It was truly a night of celebration for Angela Bassett as her man won and she won raves in this C Siriano gown that shouted class with its flowing  cap sleeves . Angela’s husband is Courteney B Vance who won for “The People vs OJ Simpson . The limited series also took the honors for Best Limited Series.

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Not since Rachel as Princess Bubble Yum has someone wore something on television so bright and blatant. Viola’s show is called “How to Get Away With Murder” and that is what she did on the carpet last night. Her too bright Marchesa gown reminded me of a bad bridesmaid gown that someone made her wear to make the bride looks gorgeous. The silver brocade that emphasized the v neck and cleavage further made the gown look like it was a left over from a past prom.

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Sarah Paulson of “OJ” may have won the prize , but lost the fashion award with her hideous Prada gown. The designer was obviously trying to channel J Lo’s gown from the Oscars but instead made a hideous glittery mess. Her hair made her look like a Claire Underwood  wanna be with that bob. The smoky eye also was a mistake and so was showing off the farm. It was just all a mess and not even any of Ru ‘s girls would be caught dead in it. Sashay away!

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He may be the most fashionable music mogul but with this combination Terrence Howard looked more like he was getting his school picture taken back in the 70’s. His bow tie is just too distracting and it reminded me of a old time test pattern on a television.

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It is one thing to show up at the Emmys dressed looking like your television character if he wears Brooks Brothers and is the President of the United States, but not if you are a hopeless alcoholic and loser. The carpet is not the place to show off your character’s lack of style , so a big boo to William H Macy. and his unironed  suit and unshaven face . Felicity had style as always

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Celebrating Our Favorite Gladiator! Happy Birthday Kerry

kerry happy birthdayIt’s a special day because Kerry Marisa Washington was born today 38 years ago. Kerry is a very special woman . She is strong, caring, and super talented. We love Kerry and her character Olivia so much because she represents what we want as women. They are strong and fearless. They also are loved . Kerry is loved by her cast and crew and Olivia is loved by her gladiators, Cyrus, Jake,and most of all Fitz.

Kerry started in the Bronx when she was born to her parents Valerie and Earl Washington on January 31,1977. Kerry started to act when she was young . She had made her first appearance in the feature film, “Our Song” Shortly after she made the critically acclaimed “Save the Last Dance” . From there she went on to appear in such movies as “Mr. and Mrs Smith,” “Fantastic Four “The Last King of Scotland” , and the Oscar winning film “Ray” as Jamie Foxx’s wife. Along with movies, Kerry has appeared on television in such series as “Boston Legal” “Law and Order SVU” and “Psych” before “Scandal” She made her Broadway debut at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in David Mamet’s “Race” with James Spader, David Alan Grier, and Richard Thomas of “The Waltons” in 2009.

It was the year 2011 that changed her life forever. The acclaimed actress became a household word when she was cast by “Grey’s Anatomy” ‘s Shonda Rhimes for the part of Olivia Pope in “Scandal” Pope is a political fixer who fixes problems of the rich and famous. The irony is she is involved in a scandal that if it was revealed would rock the country. She is the girlfriend of the very married President . Their love story is one of the modern classics of television. (See in Televisions’s Hottest Couples) The show has opened many doors and in April 2014 she gave birth to her daughter, Isabelle. “Scandal” has garnered her many awards and nominations , most notably two Emmy nominations, two SAG awards nominations , and a Golden Globe nomination. She remains the first African American female to lead a series since 1974 until this year with “How To Get Away With Murder” with Viola Davis.

So to you Kerry , this gladiator raises her glass of red wine and gives a toast to you on your birthday

 

kerry as a little girlNever guess this little girl would grow up and rock the Red Carpet .

save the last danceHere is one of Kerry ‘s early roles in the movie “Save the Last Dance”

ray kerryHere is she is in the Oscar winning film “Ray” as the wife of Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles

kerry in mr and mrs smithHere she is in the movie “Mr and Mrs Smith” with Angelina Jolie

django unchained Here she is in the acclaimed “Django Unchained” with Samuel L Jackson directed by Quentin Tarantino .

law and order svuKerry was on several television series . Here is her appearance on “Law and Order SVU”

cast picture season 4Here is Kerry with her cast in the current season of “Scandal” from l to r Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield, Jeff Perry, Tony Goldwyn, Kerry, Scott Foley,Joshua Malina, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz

kerry and tonyPerhaps Kerry ‘s closest friend in the “Scandal” family is some time director and her leading man , Tony Goldwyn. This is one of the famous selfies . Kerry and her cast are one of the few shows that remain loyal to their fans on social media especially Twitter.

kerry in time magazineHappy Birthday to our Gladiator , Kerry Washington  from Chitownstarconnections