The Scandal star was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for playing Anita Hill in HBO's Confirmation, and boy howdy, she showed up to that red carpet fixing to set it on fire with her fierceness.
Washington, who's expecting her second child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, told Extra, "When you’re a pregnant lady on the red carpet, you need to feel like a superhero." So it just makes sense that her dress, a custom Brandon Maxwell, would have a cape (of sorts). Erin Walsh, Washington's stylist, told Vogue:
We were looking for something iconic, timeless, sexy, surprising, and straightforward. Kerry is nominated for a project that’s so important to her on so many levels, [so] we wanted a strong statement that would be timeless. . . This time we just wanted to celebrate Kerry’s body and her beauty, and there was no bones about it. It didn’t need much. Except epic hair. And did you see the nails and makeup with hints of gold? Epic.
Epic nails, indeed:
Washington's hairstylist, Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, told People: "[Kerry’s hair] has to be something very special. Because she’s pregnant, it’s gonna have to be [a style] that will blow everyone away." And it worked. The secret to Washington's perfect hair is actually extensions, and good lord, she wore them like the goddess she is.
Even the amazing Laverne Cox was impressed: