We've laughed, and loved and cried with this year's Emmy nominees. The awards show is airing on Sunday, September 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. So we put together a list of our fave Emmy-nominated actors who should win an award for their off-camera work.
+ Kerry Washington
We applaud Kerry Washington's Emmy nom for lead actress in a drama series, but, more importantly, we applaud her strong on- and off-camera personas. In spite of her "Scandal"-filled life, Kerry's character, Olivia Pope, is one of the first of her kind on television: a strong, black woman who is absolutely killin' the political game — while trying not to get killed. In her off-screen life, Washington is proud to stand up for what she believes in. She has tweeted about LGBTQ rights in Russia, as well as the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington.
+ Lena Dunham
It comes as no surprise that Lena Dunham was nominated for best lead actress in a comedy series for her role on HBO's "Girls." When it comes to "Girls," Lena leads by example to help promote positive body image and self esteem. She has joked about not owning a scale, and given mad props to designers who don't think that "women size 4 and up belong in a belted sack." Needless to say, we love Lena and think she deserves all the awards ever.
+ Jesse Tyler Ferguson
"Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series; he is also an outstanding supporter of the gay community. His bow tie charity, Tie The Knot, donates 100% of sales to organizations that support LGBTQ rights and marriage equality. He founded the org with his new hubby, Justin Mikita.
+ Matt Damon
Matt Damon is nominated for his role of Scott Thorson in "Behind The Candelabra" — which I first read as, "Behind The Candle Bra." When he's not hiding behind candle bras, Matt Damon is trying to solve the world's water crisis through his charity, Water.org. 780 million people in the world live without access to clean drinking water.
+ Ryan Seacrest
Is there anything Ryan Seacrest doesn't do, besides sleep? The hardworking TV and radio host is nominated for his work on "American Idol," but his dedication to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation is what makes him a real winner. His namesake org is dedicated to inspiring youth through art and education. Its Seacrest Studios initiative builds radio stations in pediatric hospitals, where kids can host their own shows and interview their fave American idols.
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