Scandal star Kerry Washington will receive the Spotlight Award at the 20th CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) which is being hosted by Gina Rodriguez.

Washington expressed her delight at being honored to Harper’s BAZAAR, saying – “In my seven seasons of playing Olivia Pope on Scandal.” She continued, “I have had the blessing of working with the remarkable Lyn Paolo to create a character whose internal strength and strong sense of conviction are so effortlessly reflected in the clothing that she wears. Being honored by the CDGA this year with the Spotlight Award is a fitting culmination for our time together, and I look forward to celebrating our collaboration on this special night.”

The Spotlight Award honors an actor whose talent and career personify an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of Costume Design.

“There is no one more deserving of the Spotlight Award from the Costume Designers Guild than Kerry Washington. Kerry embodies style and elegance and is a true fashionista. Her appreciation for design, as well as her creative spirit, have made working with her over these seven seasons an absolute joy. She has been an integral partner in evolving her character through the art of costume, and her love of costume as a storytelling device is more than evident in her body of work. I am so thrilled that Kerry is receiving this honor from the Guild.” – Scandal Costume Designer, Lyn Elizabeth Paolo.

Previous honorees include the critically acclaimed Costume Designer Joanna Johnston, renowned film director and producer Guillermo del Toro, and preeminent jeweler and metalworker Maggie Schpak.

The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.