Following his hosting gig at the 2017 Tony Awards, Kevin Spacey could get a key boost at another award show in a few months — the Primetime Emmys. Spacey got to show off his talents throughout the Tonys on Sunday, busting out his impressions and his singing chops. Warm feelings from the gig could lead to Spacey finally winning an Emmy for his iconic role as President Frank Underwood in “House of Cards” after four prior losses.
Spacey opened the 2017 Tonys with a wide-ranging 11-minute performance that included the star paying tribute to some of the year’s most popular musicals like “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Groundhog Day,” “Sunset Boulevard” and “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” The actor also showcased his arsenal of impressions throughout the night, making reference to Johnny Carson’s Carnac the Magnificent, and telling some political jokes as former President Bill Clinton. He capped off the night in character as Frank Underwood, with “House of Cards” co-stars Robin Wright as Claire Underwood and Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper by his side.
The night allowed Emmy voters both in the audience and at home to see Spacey in an entertainer role, where he could display his full range of talent. Critics were mixed on Spacey’s overall hosting job, with some liking his old-fashioned approach of putting on a show. Either way, the gig gave Spacey a chance to shine the night before Emmy ballots were released on Monday.
Spacey has an increasingly glaring record when it comes to the Primetime Emmys. The actor may be two-for-two when it comes to the Oscars, winning for “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty,” but he is zero-for-10 at the Emmys. His previous nominations include Best Movie/Mini Actor for 2008’s “Recount,” Best TV Movie for producing “Bernard and Doris” (2006), four for Best Drama Actor for his performance in “House of Cards,” and another four for producing the Best Drama Series nominee for Netflix.
If this unlucky record sounds familiar, it’s because Spacey also had to wait a surprisingly long time to get his first Golden Globe. The actor never won for “The Usual Suspects” or “American Beauty” and it took him until 2015, where he increased his tally to 10 nominations, for him to finally prevail at the Globes. Spacey has won four Screen Actors Guild Awards, including two in a row in 2015 and 2016 for “House of Cards.”
If Spacey is nominated at the Emmys again for Best Drama Actor, he’ll likely be competing against Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), last year’s winner Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) and Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”). With voters more aware of the political climate than ever before, combined with buzz from the Tonys, this may finally be old Frank Underwood’s year.
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