Golden Globes, USA

Golden Globe [Nominee] (2017)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Confirmation (2016)

Golden Globe [Nominee] (2014)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama

Scandal (2012)

Primetime Emmy Awards

Primetime Emmy [Nominee] (2016)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
For playing: "Anita Hill".

Confirmation (2016)

Primetime Emmy [Nominee] (2016)

Outstanding Television Movie

Confirmation (2016)

Primetime Emmy [Nominee] (2014)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
For playing "Olivia Pope"

Scandal (2012)

Primetime Emmy [Nominee] (2013)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
For playing "Olivia Pope".

Scandal (2012)

Acapulco Black Film Festival

Hollywood Award [Nominee] (2014)

Best Actress

Peeples (2013)

Awards Circuit Community Awards

ACCA TV [Nominee] (2016)

Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries

Confirmation (2016)

BET Awards

BET Award [Nominee] (2016)

Best Actress

Scandal (2012)

BET Award [Nominee] (2015)

Best Actress

Scandal (2012)

BET Award [Nominee] (2014)

Best Actress

Scandal (2012)

BET Award [Winner] (2013)

Best Actress

Scandal (2012)
Django Unchained (2012)

BET Award [Nominee] (2011)

Best Actress

For Colored Girls (2010)
Night Catches Us (2010)

BET Award [Nominee] (2007)

Best Actress

I Think I Love My Wife (2007)
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Little Man (2006)

Black Reel Awards

Black Reel [Winner] (2017)

Outstanding Actress, TV Movie or Limited Series

Confirmation (2016)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2013)

Best Supporting Actress

Django Unchained (2012)

Black Reel [Winner] (2011)

Best Actress

Night Catches Us (2010)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2011)

Best Supporting Actress

For Colored Girls (2010)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2007)

Best Supporting Actress

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2005)

Best Actress, Drama

Ray (2004)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2003)

Network/Cable - Best Actress

Lift (2001)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2002)

Theatrical - Best Supporting Actress

Save the Last Dance (2001)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2002)

Theatrical- Best Independent Actor

Lift (2001)

Black Reel Awards for Television

Black Reel [Nominee] (2018)

Outstanding Actress, Drama Series

Scandal (2012)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2018)

Outstanding Directing, Drama Series

Scandal (2012)

Chlotrudis Awards

Breakthrough Award [Winner] (2004)


Costume Designers Guild Awards

Spotlight Award [Winner] (2018)


Critics Choice Television Awards

Critics' Choice TV Award [Nominee] (2016)

Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series

Confirmation (2016)

Film Independent Spirit Awards

Independent Spirit Award [Nominee] (2002)

Best Female Lead

Lift (2001)

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics

Dorian Award [Nominee] (2014)

TV Performance of the Year - Actress

Scandal (2012)

GLAAD Media Awards

Vanguard Award [Winner] (2015)


Gold Derby Awards

Gold Derby TV Award [Nominee] (2016)

TV Movie/Mini Lead Actress

Confirmation (2016)

Gold Derby TV Award [Nominee] (2013)

Drama Lead Actress

Scandal (2012)

Gold Derby Award [Nominee] (2013)

Ensemble Cast

Django Unchained (2012)

Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA

Woman of the Year [Winner] (2016)


Image Awards (NAACP)

Image Award [Winner] (2019)

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series
For "Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania"

How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

Image Award [Nominee] (2018)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Scandal (2012)

Image Award [Nominee] (2018)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Cars 3 (2017)

Image Award [Nominee] (2017)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Scandal (2012)

Image Award [Nominee] (2017)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special

Confirmation (2016)

Image Award [Nominee] (2016)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Scandal (2012)

Image Award [Nominee] (2015)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Scandal (2012)

Image Award [Winner] (2014)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Scandal (2012)

Image Award [Nominee] (2014)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Peeples (2013)

Image Award [Winner] (2013)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Django Unchained (2012)

Image Award [Winner] (2013)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Scandal (2012)

President's Award [Winner] (2013)


Image Award [Nominee] (2011)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Night Catches Us (2010)

Image Award [Nominee] (2007)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Image Award [Nominee] (2006)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Boston Legal (2004)

Image Award [Winner] (2005)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Ray (2004)

MTV Movie + TV Awards

MTV Movie Award [Nominee] (2013)

Best Kiss

Django Unchained (2012)

NAMIC Vision Awards

Vision Award [Nominee] (2017)

Best Performance - Drama

Confirmation (2016)

Online Film & Television Association

OFTA Television Award [Nominee] (2016)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Limited Series

Confirmation (2016)

OFTA Television Award [Nominee] (2015)

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Scandal (2012)

OFTA Television Award [Nominee] (2008)

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Psych (2006)

People's Choice Awards, USA

People's Choice Award [Nominee] (2017)

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress

People's Choice Award [Nominee] (2015)

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress

Razzie Awards

Razzie Award [Winner] (2007)

Worst Screen Couple

Shawn Wayans and either Kerry Washington or ... More

Shawn Wayans and either Kerry Washington or Marlon Wayans.


Little Man (2006)

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

SDFCS Award [Nominee] (2012)

Best Ensemble Performance

Django Unchained (2012)

Satellite Awards

Satellite Award [Nominee] (2017)

Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Confirmation (2016)

Golden Satellite Award [Nominee] (2005)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Ray (2004)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Actor [Nominee] (2017)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Confirmation (2016)

Actor [Nominee] (2014)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Scandal (2012)

Actor [Nominee] (2005)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Ray (2004)

Teen Choice Awards

Teen Choice Award [Nominee] (2016)

Choice TV Actress: Drama

Scandal (2012)

Teen Choice Award [Nominee] (2015)

Choice TV Actress: Drama

Scandal (2012)

Teen Choice Award [Nominee] (2013)

Choice Movie Actress: Comedy

Peeples (2013)

Teen Choice Award [Nominee] (2005)

Choice Movie Actress: Drama

Ray (2004)

Teen Choice Award [Winner] (2001)

Film - Choice Breakout Performance

Save the Last Dance (2001)

TV Guide Awards

TV Guide Award [Nominee] (2014)

Favorite Actress

Scandal (2012)

TV Guide Award [Winner] (2013)

Favorite Actress

Scandal (2012)

TV Guide Award [Winner] (2013)

Fan Favorite Awards

Scandal (2012)

Urbanworld Film Festival

MECCA Movie Award [Winner] (2002)

Future of Film Award

Women's Image Network Awards

WIN Award [Winner] (2013)

Outstanding Actress Drama Series

Scandal (2012)