Kerry Washington, Ava DuVernay, Eva Longoria and More Celebrate Projected Joe Biden Victory: "It's a Moment, Folks"

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With a win in Pennsylvania, Biden secured enough electoral college votes to win the 2020 presidential election.

Following the projection from the Associated Press on Saturday that Democratic candidate Joe Biden has secured enough electoral college votes to win the 2020 presidential election after a close race that lasted several days, politically active Hollywood figures are celebrating the news.

On Saturday, it was announced that former Vice President Biden was projected to win Pennsylvania, sending him toward a projected victory as the 46th president of the United States. While Trump won the battleground state of Florida along with Indiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, Biden took Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, District of Columbia and Rhode Island. Amid a nationwide pandemic, this year saw a historic turnout including approximately 103 million record-breaking early ballots.

Biden's victory came days after Tuesday's election as officials continued counting several mail-in votes, which had delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden won the needed 270 Electoral College votes with his Pennsylvania win to take a commanding lead, with 284 votes to Trump's 214.

Meanwhile, his vice presidential running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, has made history as the first Black woman and first person of South Asian descent to be elected to that position.

Shortly after the news was announced, Biden tweeted: "America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me."

For her part, Harris tweeted: "This election is about so much more than @JoeBiden or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let's get started."

Trump tweeted roughly an hour before Biden became the projected winner that "I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!"  But Twitter marked the tweet with a note that clarified, "Official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted."

Many Hollywood Democrats also took to Twitter to celebrate the news. "I'm so so so relieved," wrote Elizabeth Banks. "Congrats @JoeBiden. I am crying at the thought of @KamalaHarris as Vice President of the United States - wow wow wow."

Viola Davis chimed in: "Woooooohooooo!!!!!! PHILLY!!!!! AMERICA!!!!!! BLACK FOLK!!!! BLACK PEOPLE!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!" She added: "Now....let’s fight for that Senate!!!!!!!"

Wrote Kerry Washington: "The people have spoken! Thank you to everyone who used your vote and your voice to make history. PRESIDENT Joe Biden and VICE PRESIDENT Kamala Harris."

Sony Pictures chief and top Biden supporter Tom Rothman told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday, "It means for Hollywood only the exact same thing that it means for the rest of the country— that what we teach our children in kindergarten is right: decency, civility, honesty, respect and character are what matter in a person and a nation."

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Gorning|Lin|Spahn, the influential Hollywood-based firm co-founded by political strategist Andy Spahn, were Biden’s top bundlers. “Along with Jeffrey Katzenberg, my partners and I were the biggest fundraisers for Biden/Harris in the nation,” Spahn told THR on Saturday. “It was the most important work we have ever done. Tremendous thanks to all our clients, friends and allies who dug deeper than ever before to save our democracy.”

Spahn added, "When Joe Biden showed the courage and confidence to pick our brightest and strongest star, Kamala Harris, as his running mate, I knew then we would win this fight for the 'soul of America.'"

“This triumphant win for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is more than just a political victory, it’s a profoundly joyful moment for all women and people of color around the world.  Today, I can tell my children that unity, character and integrity are once again the values our country embodies," Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley told THR. "Moreover, as a multiracial, female leader and immigrant myself, witnessing my dear friend Kamala’s historic achievement has been indescribable. She is a powerful force and inspiration as she ascends to one of the highest levels of our political system, opening doors for generations to come.”

Added Julia Louis-Dreyfus: "Democracy endures. Congratulations to our President-Elect @JoeBiden and our first female Vice-President-Elect  @KamalaHarris. Mr. President-Elect, enjoy your ice cream today. Would you like some cake to go with it?" Her post featured a photo of a cake with the word "Joe" spelled out in fruit.

Actor Kendrick Sampson wrote, "Reminder.  We did this.  The people. Organizers.  We are our champion.  Now give us what we deserve.  #BLM  #DefundthePolice #AbolishICE #BreatheAct #GreenNewDeal #Medicare4All #CancelRent #PeoplesBailoutP.S. Let’s fill VP Kamala Harris’ seat with a progressive Black leader."

Alongside a photo of himself with Biden, Common tweeted, Congratulations and Blessings to President Elect Joe Biden and Madame Vice President Elect Kamala Harris. Today is A New Beginning and A Celebration of The People and The Power and Capacity we have. We Changed the World by thinking about Better Days and Acting On it."

"In tears. What a moment!" wrote Mandy Moore. "So grateful to all voters, poll workers, volunteers, staffers, everyone who made this a reality! No doubt there is a LOT of work to do but let’s celebrate this moment, friends. It’s historic! Congrats President-Elect @JoeBiden and Madame VP  @KamalaHarris!"

Former president Barack Obama wrote in a lengthy statement, "I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, Jill Biden. "I also couldn't be prouder to congratulate Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff for Kamala's groundbreaking election as our next Vice President."

"MY VP IS A BLACK WOMAN!" wrote Keke Palmer.

"Democracy won!!! USA USA USA," chimed in Eva Longoria. She later wrote, "Our children were watching us as a country. To see what we would decide. Division and Hate or Unity and LOVE. We chose correctly. LOVE will always trump hate! Unity, let’s start healing as Americans!"

Wrote Ava DuVernay: "Thank you, Philadelphia! On behalf of all of us, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!" She also tweeted a video of John Legend and Common's Oscar-winning song "Glory" from her movie Selma with this message: "Blasting this out of my windows now with speakers I set up for the occasion. Lots of hooping and hollering. It’s a moment, folks. Turn on some music and take it in. You’re in the midst of history!"

Added Legend: "Congratulations to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris!  Thank you for choosing to serve your country during these challenging times."

"CRYING," wrote Ariana Grande, adding: "THANK GOD."

"Ding Dong the Witch is dead," wrote Rob Reiner.

Added Lady Gaga: "@JoeBiden @KamalaHarris and the American people, you just gave the world one of the greatest acts of kindness and bravery humanity has ever seen. ... nothing but love for our new Commander in Chief and the 1ST female VP elected to the White House. Also, way to go PA."

"One of the best days of my life," added Stephen King.

"Thank you voters and organizers!!! #BidenHarris2020," wrote Gabrielle Union.

Added LeBron James: "My Philly fam! FOE and more THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!  Let’s celebrate! Responsibly still," he added with a winking face emoji.

"HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!" added George Takei. He added: "I’m breaking out the good champagne!"

"Shaking with joy. Crying with gratitude for all those who worked so hard and sacrificed so much. There’s so much damage to repair. There’s so much work to do. But I am so so so so so happy we can begin that work. And please, let’s never allow fascism into the White House again," added Beau Willimon.

"We must heal. But first, we must gloat. Cc: @realDonaldTrump," wrote Kumail Nanjiani.

Chimed in Hillary Clinton: "The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president. It's a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together."

"Hail to The Chief. #PresidentElectJoe," tweeted Uzo Aduba.

Added Michael Moore: "CONGRATULATIONS FELLOW AMERICANS!! TRUMP DEFEATED!! Now we must defeat that which gave us Trump."

"YES," tweeted Lin-Manuel Miranda, with a GIF from Hamilton reading "We won! We won! We won! We won!"

Sacha Baron Cohen added: "The candidates campaigned. The people spoke. The vote is clear. President Biden will be sworn in on January 20. Democracy works."

"What a tremendous moment in our nation’s history ! ... Congrats to our new President @JoeBiden and the First Female Vice President in our history @KamalaHarris," wrote Reese Witherspoon.

"NYC is screaming, honking and pounding pans with jubilant Joy! The man who shot so many people on Fifth Avenue is gone," added Mario Cantone.

Kal Penn wrote: "Joe Biden & Kamala Harris. The week of Diwali, no less."

"Finally breathing. And now, to quote the great Tony Kushner, 'The great work begins.' #PresidentElectJoe," wrote Daniel Dae Kim. He added: "History. Herstory. Ourstory. VP Elect #KamalaHarris"

"You’re fired," added Jordan Peele.

"Trump and Co .thought they had a mandate with their 3mil popular vote LOSS and measly squeak by’s in swing states. We crushed both. Ultra Mandate! 4 years for our Base," wrote Mark Ruffalo.

Seth Rogen quipped: "They did this shit on Saturday so we could get fuuuuuuuuuucked up."

"'How many years were you President?' 'FORE!'" Seth Meyers tweeted in response to another tweet saying that Trump was reportedly golfing when the news was announced.

"The writers stuck the landing," quipped Blacklist founder Franklin Leonard in his own response. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, CEO of management and production firm The Gotham Group and a member of the National Finance Committee for the Biden/Harris ticket, wrote in a statement: "The people have spoken. It’s time to turn from hate, lies and division to reconciliation and unity. It’s time to believe in science, empathy, equality and decency. And it’s time for our first woman of color to serve as Vice President!"

Added Trump impressionist Sarah Cooper: "First I want to say congratulations to both President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris. Second I want to say, I am happy to stand in for 45 at the inauguration since we know he won’t be there!"

"BREAKING: Election officials announce there may be a God," tweeted comedian Mike Birbiglia.

"This is a good day for the country we love. Congratulations to @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris and  thanks to the lifelong Republicans whose conscience would not permit this to go on. May God bless America," added Jimmy Kimmel.

Wrote Aubrey Plaza: "Thank you to everyone who voted to put this guy in office. We did it!!!God bless America and God Bless Delaware!!! Now let’s get to workkkkk."

"What a relief. My son just hugged me and said 'mommy no more kids in cages!' Tears of joy and tears of sadness," wrote Idina Menzel.

"I am crying liberal tears," added Jane Lynch.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend shared video of them out among the crowd celebrating in Hollywood.

In Brooklyn, Spike Lee hosted a block party at which he encouraged people to wear a mask.

Additional reporting by Pamela McClintock.