Robin Wright (‘House of Cards’) nabs Critics’ Choice TV Awards nomination, while Kevin Spacey gets skunked

Television journalists on Wednesday gave Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) a big hug in the form of a nomination at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards. Wright was nominated as Best Drama Actress for her role as First Lady-turned-President Claire Underwood on Netflix’s political thriller, while her troubled co-star Kevin Spacey was skunked. Spacey, of course, was recently fired by Netflix in the wake of sexual assault allegations, which means Wright will now headline the upcoming sixth and final season solo.

So far Wright hasn’t made any public statements on Spacey’s scandal, and understandably so. Hmm, might TV critics decide to award the trophy to Wright simply to see what she’ll say up at the podium? It would be a headline-grabbing move, sure. But it’d also be a way of thanking Wright for her years of exceptional work on “House of Cards.”

Wright previously received two Critics’ Choice nominations in 2014 and 2016. In addition, she nabbed five consecutive Emmy notices (2013-2017) and a trio of Golden Globe bids (2014-2016). Wright’s only major awards victory for “House of Cards” was a Golden Globe back in for first season, so it’s high time that fans saw her accept another trophy.

Besides Wright, the other leading ladies in the running for Best Drama Actress are Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”), Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”), Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). See full list of Critics’ Choice TV nominations.

Netflix is the network leader at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards with 20 overall nominations. Wright’s citation for “House of Cards” is the only one that show received, while “GLOW” earned four noms, “Godless” scored three, and “Stranger Things,” “The Crown,” “Master of None,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “American Vandal” all come away with two.

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