January 12, 2014 08:30 PM

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Kerry Washington has got the glow!

The Scandal star, nominated for best actress in a TV series – drama, debuted her baby belly at Sunday’s Golden Globes in a cream Balenciaga gown paired with Casadei sandals and Fred Leighton jewels.

“I have the best date of the night — my little accessory,” Washington, 36, joked to E!’s Ryan Seacrest as she gestured to her bump. The actress is due in late April, she told PEOPLE later in the night.

Absent from the red carpet was Washington’s husbandNnamdi Asomugha, a cornerback who retired from football in late December.

The couple married in late June in Hailey, Idaho. In October, news of their baby on the way was confirmed to PEOPLE.

On her way off the platform, Washington was stopped by fellow nominee Julianna Margulies, who took a moment to tell her that having a baby (son Kieran turns 6 this month) “was the best thing I ever did.”

— Sarah Michaud with reporting by Aili Nahas

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