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Diahann Carroll passes Emmy torch to Kerry Washington

Diahann Carroll congratulated Kerry Washington on her Emmy nomination. Diahann Carroll was the first African-American Emmy nominee in 1963.

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Diahann Carroll, left, and Kerry Washington present the award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles.

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Diahann Carroll happily passed the torch to Kerry Washington as black actresses starring in their own TV series and nominated for Emmys.

Diahann Carroll, the first African-American Emmy nominee in 1963 for "Naked City," created one of the night's most heartfelt moments when she took the stage with Washington and noted the importance of diversity in the industry and Emmys.

"Tonight, she better get this award," Carroll said of Washington, who covered her eyes in embarrassment.

Washington stars in "Scandal," and was nominated in the lead actress category in a drama.

 
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