Last night, I, along with millions of others, watched the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, wondering if it was going to happen: Would Kerry Washington become the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series? Even screen legend Diahann Carroll’s onstage veiled warning — “And tonight she better get this award” — fell on deaf ears as Washington, who she co-presented an Emmy Award to “Boardwalk Empire’s” Bobby Cannavale, didn’t win. Had she won, Washington would’ve been the first black woman to win an Emmy in that category. Fifty years ago Carroll became the first black person to be nominated for an Emmy for her role in the police TV series “Naked City.” Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t for role in “Julia.” That Emmy nod came in 1969. A lot of folks from unknown tweeple to “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer expressed their disappointment that Washington didn’t win (except for Claire Danes, I’m pretty sure she’s OK). The category was filled with qualified contenders (nominee Robin Wright gives iciness a new meaning in Netflix’s “House of Cards.”) but given the way “Scandal’s” last season ended, I’m pretty sure Washington will lay it out for season three and be nominated again next year and maybe win. Perhaps one of the funniest reactions to Washington’s loss came from MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor, who tweeted: “Imma go pop some popcorn, pour a glass of wine and pretend Kerry won…” Yes, do what Taylor suggested and while sipping on your wine and munching on popcorn, check out my top five Kerry Washington movies on XFINITY. You could also catch up on ABC’s “Scandal” before the third season premieres Oct. 3.
“Django Unchained”: Washington stars as Broomhilda von Shaft, the wife who Django’s fighting for in this Oscar-winning film. There’s one thing that stuck out to me over anything else in “Django Unchained”: the positive portrayal of Black love. The love displayed between Jamie Foxx’s Django and Broomhilda was unconditional and strayed from stereotypes like the mouthy, overly sassy black woman or the lazy, philandering black male. Check it out on XFINITY On Demand. [Watch here]
“Ray”: Before they played Django and Broomhilda, Foxx and Washington starred as Mr. and Mrs. Ray Charles in 2004’s “Ray.” Washington had been on people’s radar before starring in”Ray” but I think this definitely gave her a career boost (We know what it did for Foxx). Washington stared as Charles patiently enduring wife Della (And boy is she patient and forgiving). See Washington’s performance and why music genius Charles deserves to have a commemorative stamp. It’s on Cinemax.
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“She Hate Me”: I’ve only seen bits of this movie but my mom seems to like it. I do know it stars Washington as Fatima Goodrich, a lesbian who helps her recently fired ex- with his new venture of impregnating wealthy lesbians. Anthony Mackie stars as John Henry Armstrong aka the sperm donor in this Spike Lee film. This is also one of Lee’s cast regulars, the legendary Ossie Davis’ last films. It’s currently on Cinemax, so I’ll check it out too. [Watch here]
“The Last King of Scotland”: I’ve only seen this movie once, maybe twice and it often left me speechless, probably because of the fate of Kay Amin, one of the wives of Ugandan dictator Idid Amin who is portrayed by Kerry Washington. The Amin family has disputed the circumstances the movie insists led to Kay Amin’s tragic end. Either way, Washington lights up the screen. And Forest Whitaker’s performance as Idi Amin won him an Oscar. Watch it on XFINITY On Demand. [Watch here] :
“Night Catches Us”: This is another movie I’ve seen bits of and am thinking about watching again. It re-teams Washington with her “She Hate Me” co-star Anthony Mackie in this tale about a former Black Panther who returns to his hometown and reconnects with the wife of the man many believe him responsible for killing. Washington stars as the slain man’s wife. It airs on Showtime Thursday. [Watch here]
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Ray Charles honored on a U.S. Postage Stamp (Go Ray!)
NOT: The overuse of the word twerk and all of its derivatives at the last night’s Emmy Awards and just in general (Move along people. The word and the dance have been around forever. There’s nothing new to see here)
HOT: Oprah Winfrey admitting that even she gets pushed to the bring sometimes (See people, even with her billions, she’s just like you and me!)
NOT: The shooting and hostage situation at an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya (There are no words) .
HOT: Kerry Washington bringing her mom and dad with her to the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. (She glowed and the whole fam looked lovely!)
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