It’s almost like you can write the script yourself by now, right? Kerry Washington will show up probably perfectly on time.  Her dress will be in a shade of pink or purple or mauve. This time it was champagne blush that had her join ranks with Zoe Saldana and Viola Davis to create a colour spectrum. The dress is always an echo of her former fashion grandeur – remember a couple of years ago when she was doing all kinds of exciting things on the carpet?  Colours?

Instead these days she’s stalwart and reliable, she is engaging and open with the red carpet interviewers, makes or receives a “Gladiators” reference with ease, and sasses Ryan Seacrest without missing a beat. She’s fantastic. She’s a red carpet secret weapon. So why are her outings suddenly so pedestrian?