Emmy episode analysis: Kevin Spacey (‘House of Cards’) demands a declaration of war on terrorism in ‘Chapter 53’

Will this finally be the year Kevin Spacey wins an Emmy for “House of Cards”? The two-time Oscar-champ (Supporting for “The Usual Suspects” in 1995 and Lead for “American Beauty” in 1999) and Tony victor for “Lost in Yonkers” (Featured Actor in a Play in 1991) received his fifth consecutive nomination as Best Drama Actor for playing President Frank Underwood in Netflix’s political drama. He previously contended in 2008 as Best Movie/Mini Actor for “Recount” and Best TV Movie for “Bernard & Doris,” and has competed in Best Drama Series for all five seasons of the show. He has submitted “Chapter 53” for Emmy consideration.

Under investigation by congress for possible crimes, Frank tries to change the narrative by illegally taking the podium and calling for a declaration of war on terrorists. Unbeknownst to anyone, he has the main target in custody, holding him until just weeks before the presidential election for maximum impact.

Can Spacey win for this episode? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons:


Last year’s winner Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) failed to receive a nomination, which is great news for Spacey as it leaves the door open for a new victor. Will Emmy voters reward a returning contender like Spacey, Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) or Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), a previous winner like Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) or Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”), or a first-time nominee like Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)?

In case you haven’t noticed, politics have been in the news a lot lately. Will anti-Trump sentiment permeate throughout Emmy ballots, benefiting D.C.-based shows like “House of Cards” or “Veep”?

With 12 nominations under his belt, Spacey is way, WAY overdue for an Emmy win. That might work in his favor under the new voting system, which employs a popular vote instead of a ranked ballot.

SEE 2017 Emmy nominations list: All the nominees


Has truth become stranger than fiction? “House of Cards” tried to anticipate what might happen if a horrible person became president, and the election of Donald Trump threw their predictions a curve ball. Will Spacey’s corrupt and cunning politician pale in comparison to real life?

Between Spacey, Odenkirk, Rhys and Schreiber, there are a lot of overdue contenders in this category. Will they split the vote toward Brown, Hopkins or Ventimiglia?

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