Why She Will Be Nominated: All hail, Olivia Pope! We don't think any other actress could handle Shonda Rhimes' complicated, fast-talking, take no prisoners leading lady; Washington is simply sensational.
Why She Won't Be: Scandal only had a seven-episode first season, which we don't think gave voters enough time with Washington to earn her a nod. Here's looking at you, 2013!
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