Kerry Washington is set to prove her acting prowess anew as she was nominated for the 68th Emmy Awards’ Lead Actress in a Limited Series category.
Portraying the role of Anita Hill in the HBO television political thriller film, the 39-year-old actress’ performance will be pitted against the portrayal of Kirsten Dunst as Peggy Blumquist in FX’s “Fargo,” Felicity Huffman as Barbara “Barb” Hanlon and Lili Taylor as Nancy Straumberg in ABC’s “American Crime,” Audra McDonald as Billie Holliday in HBO’s “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” and Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
Does Kerry Washington have what it takes to take home the 68th Emmy Awards’ Lead Actress in a Limited Series trophy over the other contenders?
The television film, which is based on a real life situation, tackles the controversy surrounding the allegation made by Anita Hill against Clarence Thomas, as she claimed that she was sexually harassed by the Supreme Court of the United States’ then Associate Justice and Supreme Court nominee.
Has the former “Scandal” star given the right acting needed for such role?
According to Robert Bianco of USA Today, “Confirmation” has let the televiewers see Kerry Washington “at her best” despite the “constraints.”
“In ‘Confirmation,’ her role constrains her — and, paradoxically, liberates her to do what may be her best work yet,” he pointed out. “She expertly captures Hill’s emotionally drained speaking style, a necessity these days, when anyone can watch clips for comparison.”
Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter shared the same observation.
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It was noted that Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce, who plays Clarence Thomas, are “at their best when they’re playing specific, famous moments from the hearing.”
Fienberg particularly stressed that the actress has shown a “wealth of conflicting emotions” as she gives life to Anita Hill’s “unease.”
Upon learning about her nomination for the 68th Emmy Awards’ Lead Actress in a Limited Series category, she shared her reaction with People.
“I’m awed by the journey we have been on with ‘Confirmation,’” she said. “I’m deeply grateful to the academy for acknowledging this film that so many people poured their hearts and souls into.”
“As both an actress and producer, I could not possibly be more proud or humbled,” Kerry Washington added about her new Emmy nomination for “Confirmation.”
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