Last year “House of Cards” earned a whopping eight acting nominations at the Emmys: leads Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, supporting player Michael Kelly, and guest stars Mahershala Ali, Reg E. Cathey, Paul Sparks, Ellen Burstyn and Molly Parker. While the Netflix political drama was shut out of all of those races, Emmy pundits are wondering whether “House of Cards” can dominate the acting categories yet again. On the 2017 Emmy ballot there are 14 potential acting contenders for voters to honor this year. How many “House of Cards” cast members do YOU think will earn nominations? Vote down in our poll below.
Spacey and Wright are back yet again for their now-iconic roles of President Francis Underwood and Vice President/First Lady Claire Underwood. Both A-listers have reaped four Emmy nominations apiece as Best Drama Actor and Actress, but have yet to take home the golden statuette. Might Season 5 finally be the year that the stars align for one or both of them?
Original cast member Kelly earned back-to-back Best Drama Supporting Actor bids in 2015 and 2016 for playing White House Chief of Staff Doug Stamper. One caveat: Kelly now must battle against Sparks in this category, who earned a guest star nom last year as Thomas Yates but now competes up in supporting. Besides Kelly and Sparks, the other four supporting actor contenders are Derek Cecil as Seth Grayson, Joel Kinnaman as Will Conway, Boris McGiver as Tom Hammerschmidt, and Campbell Scott as Mark Usher.
“House of Cards” has never been nominated in the Best Drama Supporting Actress race, but this year there are three strong performances for Emmy voters to consider: longtime player Jayne Atkinson as Catherine Durant, Neve Campbell as Leann Harvey, and Patricia Clarkson as Jane Davis. Of note, Clarkson won two guest Emmys for “Six Feet Under” (2002 and 2006), so we know she’s already a TV academy favorite.
Three guest stars have been submitted on the 2017 Emmy ballot, and interestingly none of them are among last year’s five nominees. Reed Birney as Donald Blythe (“Chapter 56”) and Lars Mikkelsen as Viktor Petrov (“Chapter 58”) compete for Best Drama Guest Actor, while Kim Dickens as Kate Baldwin (“Chapter 61”) is hoping to hear her name called as Best Drama Guest Actress.
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