Kerry Washington Rules NAACP Image Awards

The night belonged to the Scandal actress.

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Kerry Washington doesn't just rule Thursday-night television as Olivia Pope on Scandal; the actress and activist made the NAACP Image Awards hers on Friday night as well. Washington took home three awards for her thespian efforts as well as her work off-camera, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The star of ABC's "Scandal" picked up a trio of trophies at the 44th annual ceremony: outstanding actress in a drama series for "Scandal," supporting actress in a motion picture for "Django Unchained" and the President's Award, which is given in recognition of special achievement and exceptional public service.

"This award does not belong to me," said Washington, who plays a slave separated from her husband in "Django Unchained," as she picked up her first trophy of the evening for her role in the film directed by Quentin Tarantino. "It belongs to our ancestors. We shot this film on a slave plantation, and they were with us along every step of the way."

Washington, who plays crisis management consultant Olivia Pope on "Scandal," serves on President Barack Obama's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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