By Darlene Donloe
The first ever Emmy Awards Diversity Celebration was held recently in the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre Plaza at the TV Academy in North Hollywood to honor some of the industry’s elite artists.
Honorees included: Kerry Washington (Scandal), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias), Louis C.K. (Louie), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Morena Baccarin (Homeland) and Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire).
Sharon Liggins, part of the event planning committee and a Governor for the Public Relations Peer Group, said the event "is a tribute to the diverse performers nominated this year, an acknowledgement of past winners and nominees and looking to future successes."
The airline-themed pre-Emmy reception, hosted by the television academy and the SAG-AFTRA actors union, was decked out in vintage decor. The wait staff was dressed in pilot and stewardess attire circa 1960.
On hand for the event, Washington, who is up for the outstanding lead actress in a drama series trophy for Scandal at Sunday's ceremony, is the first black actress in nearly two decades to be nominated in the category since Cicely Tyson’s nod in 1995’s Sweet Justice. Washington, 36, who was recently named the World’s Most Stylish Woman by People magazine and also topped Vanity Fair magazine annual best-dressed list, was dressed in a multi-tiered and ruffled pink dress with white pumps.
Washington was joined by her Scandal co-stars Joe Morton and Dan Bucatinsky, who received a nod for outstanding guest actor in a drama Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmys.
Jason George, who stars in Grey’s Anatomy and Mistresses and is also the chair of SAG-AFTRA’s diversity advisory committee, said of the nominees, "They are the aspiration for all actors who work in this medium, but tonight we're shining a light on the diverse aspects of that."
Others in attendance included Ron Glass, Chris Williams, Sharon Lawrence, Wilson Cruz and Lisa Vidal.
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live tonight (Sept 22) from the Nokia Theatre with Neil Patrick Harris serving as host.