Will hosting Tonys finally win Kevin Spacey that elusive Emmy?

Kevin Spacey is used to accepting awards, with two Oscars, four SAG Awards, a Golden Globe and a Tony crowding his mantle. But he has never won an Emmy despite 10 bids. He is all but certain to contend again this year for his performance on “House of Cards” as well as for producing this political drama series that streams on Netflix.

While Spacey has lost both Best Drama Actor and Best Drama Series four years running, he has a not-so-secret weapon in his arsenal this Emmy season. He will host the Tony Awards this coming Sunday (June 11), just hours before the Emmy nominations ballots go live on the TV academy website. This three-hour live kudocast on CBS is sure to showcase his versatility. Voters will be reminded that this acclaimed dramatic actor is also an accomplished song-and-dance man, an impressive impressionist and a quick-witted stand-up comedian.

Even if Spacey doesn’t finally prevail at the Emmys this year, he is all but certain to be in contention next year as part of the team that invariably gets nominated for the Tony Awards. Since the TV academy did away with the individual performance in a variety program category in 2009, hosts of awards shows like the Tonys have been included among the Emmy nominees for the program itself.

Hosting the 2009 Tony Awards was what finally won Neil Patrick Harris an Emmy in 2010 after several losses for his supporting turn on the laffer “How I Met Your Mother.” He would win again as part of the team that put on the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Tonys.

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