Kerry Washington's career through the years

Updated 4:27 PM ET, Sun March 22, 2015
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"Scandal" has brought Kerry Washington tons of recognition, including a two Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama. She has built her career steadily in TV and films such as ... ABC Studios/IMDB.com
Washington plays street-smart teen mom Chenille Reynolds opposite Julia Styles in the 2001 film "Save the Last Dance." Cort/Madden Production/IMDB.com
She stars with Chris Rock the following year in the action-comedy "Bad Company." Touchstone Pictures/IMDB.com
Washington appears opposite Wentworth Miller in the 2003 big-screen adaptation of Philip Roth's "The Human Stain." Theo Wargo/WireImage for Miramax Films/Getty Images
Washington wins acclaim for her role as Ray Charles' wife in the Oscar-nominated 2004 film "Ray." Jamie Foxx received an Academy Award as best actor for his performance in the title role. Universal Pictures/IMDB.com
Washington and Dania Ramirez, left, play a lesbian couple who wanted to pay Anthony Mackie to help them have a baby in Spike Lee's 2004 film, "She Hate Me." 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks/IMDB.com
The actress guest-stars as Chelina Hall in a handful of episodes of "Boston Legal." Here she appears in the series with James Spader, foreground, and Page Kennedy. Carin Baer/ABC/Getty Images
In 2006, Washington appears as Kay Amin, dictator Idi Amin's youngest wife, opposite Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy in "The Last King of Scotland." Neil Davidson/HO/Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures/AP
Washington and Patrick Wilson play a married couple in the 2008 crime drama "Lakeview Terrace." Screen Gems/IMDB.com
The actress wins raves for the 2010 independent film "Night Catches Us." SimonSays Entertainment/IMDB.com
Washington stars as Kelly/Blue opposite Hill Harper in "For Colored Girls," Tyler Perry's 2010 film of Ntozake Shange's play. Lionsgate/IMDB.com
Few probably remember her 2012 role opposite Eddie Murphy in "A Thousand Words." DreamWorks SK/IMDB.com
Washington reunites with Jamie Foxx as married slaves in 2012's "Django Unchained." Weinstein Co./IMDB.com
The actress goes for laughs with Craig Robinson in the 2013 comedy "Peeples." 34th Street Films/IMDB.com