The lack of diversity in Hollywood has always been a point of argument in the past. There has been several protests like ‘oscar so white’ and attacks on the ‘white preferring industry’ for some time now. One person who despite the racial issues has continuously appeared on the big screen successfully is Kerry Washington.
Of course I’m not saying she’s the greatest black actress or is the most prominent figure today, no. But it’s astonishing to see the trajectory of her career from the streets of Bronx to becoming an A list actress. From small early Tv shows to starring in Oscar nominated films, Washington has become a prominent figure in Hollywood Here is the list of top Kerry Washington movies and TV shows.
10. Lakeview Terrace (2008)
Lakeview Terrace is a 2008 American crime thriller film directed by Neil LaBute, written by David Loughery and Howard Korder, and co-produced by Will Smith. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington in the lead. It follows a couple(Wilson and Washington) whose life is terrorised by their new cop neighbour because they are an interracial couple.
Jackson’s performance is decent and is reminiscent of Denzel Washington’s character from Training Day(definitely not as good though). Wilson and Washington are also likeable in the film The pacing is slow but focused which allows the characters to be developed properly. Ending of the film is what most viewers have a problem with.
9. She Hates Me (2004)
She Hate Me is a 2004 independent comedy-drama film directed by Spike Lee. The film has a dream ensemble cast of Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Belluci, Woody Harrelson etc. The film stirred heavy controversies due to its subjects and themes, and was a commercial failure. In the film a man fired from his corporate job, agrees to impregnate his ex-fiancee and a number of lesbians for money.
This film despite its controversies work because of its leading actors Mackie and Washington. Mackie manages to keep things entertaining and funny while delivering a sympathetic performance. Washington on the other hand gives the most believable performance in this ridiculous comedy. The character development is good despite the whole scenario the film creates.
8. Scandal (2012-2018)
Scandal is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes airing on ABC from April 5, 2012 until April 19, 2018 for 124 episodes over seven seasons. The series stars Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Katie Lowes and Bellamy Young. Washington plays Olivia Pope, a former media consultant to the US president who starts her own crisis management firm with a team of experts. She soon begins to suspect that her employees might be hiding darker secrets.
We all have to admit that the show began to lose steam in the later stages. But i chose to add it on the list due to the merit brought by its initial seasons. Kerry Washington as the lead is fantastic and has very good chemistry with Tony Goldwyn. What worked for the show was starting off with very interesting plot and characters. The drama was thrilling and left audiences curious.
7. Lift (2001)
Probably the most underrated film on the list. Lift is a 2001 crime thriller film written and directed the team of DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter. Lift premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for its Grand Jury Price. The film follows a young lady who works in a departmental store and is also shoplifting expert. She soon gets into trouble when she decides to team up with a gangster for a heist.
Lift is a well crafted drama is emotional and intense at the same time. The character development is good which helps you understand and root for the character. Washington delivers a very good and compelling performance in the lead. The film makes a fitting and powerful commentary against materialism and is able to tell it inspiringly.
6. Save the Last Dance (2001)
Save the Last Dance is a 2001 American dance film produced by MTV Films, directed by Thomas Carter. The film stars Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas and Kerry Washington in the leads. It follows a young girl who is depressed after the sudden demise of her mother. She however meets Derek who helps her through the trauma and pursue her passion in dancing.
Stiles and Thomas in the lead having very good chemistry and are both convincing dancers. Certain stereotypes and clichés hamper the film from its full potential but that doesn’t mean it’s fun and touching. It is a film where most people might write off as a teen flick, but it’s honestly a pleasant surprise.
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