KEY POINTS

  • Kerry Washington received four Emmy nominations in four different categories
  • Washington said that it is an "honor" to share this recognition with her partner and production company
  • The actress got emotional when she saw Lynn Shelton's name on the nominations list  

With 4 Emmys nods to her name in different categories, actress Kerry Washington has broken the record for the most number of Emmy nominations for a single person in a single season.

The “Scandal” star has been nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series category for “Little Fires Everywhere,” and she also has producer nods in the Outstanding Variety Special category for “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” Outstanding Limited Series for “Little Fires Everywhere,” and Outstanding TV Movie for “American Son.” 

The actress released a statement after garnering four nominations and revealed that she is extremely “honored” to be recognized this way. She noted that sharing the nominations with her partner Pilar Savone and her Simpson Street family makes the occasion even more amazing.

“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,” Entertainment Tonight quoted Washington, as saying.

The acclaimed actress also recalled the amazing experience she had while being a part of some of the extraordinary shows. From “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” to “Little Fires Everywhere,” 2020 has been really kind to the “Django Unchained” star.

“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 Tigelaar," Washington added.

Washington also got really emotional when she found out that Lynn Shelton received a posthumous Emmy nomination for her work on the show “Little Fires Everywhere.” She said that she “cried” when she saw Shelton’s name on the nominations list and felt really “grateful” that Shelton has been recognized for her work.

“The tears came this morning when I heard about Lynn Shelton’s nomination for 'Little Fires Everywhere'. I am so incredibly grateful that the Television Academy has chosen to honor Lynn with this very deserved nomination. I know she’s celebrating in the beyond,” Washington said in the statement.

Shelton has received an Emmy nod in the Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, Dramatic Special category.

The 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sept. 20 and Jimmy Kimmel is set to host this year’s virtual ceremony.

Kerry Washington Kerry Washington is grateful to have been part of “Scandal” for the past seven seasons. Pictured: Washington attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Mar. 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Getty Images/Dia Dipasupil