Golden Globes mystery: Will Robin Wright receive goodbye hug for ‘House of Cards’ final season?

The sixth and final season of “House of Cards” streamed November 2 on Netflix, with Robin Wright finishing the story of the power-hungry Underwoods after Kevin Spacey was fired due to allegations of sexual misconduct. The show’s writers had to retool the final eight episodes after Spacey’s exit to explain the absence of Frank Underwood and focus more on Claire Underwood, who became President in the previous season’s finale. Will Wright’s increased screen time and impact help her receive a goodbye hug at the Golden Globes for Best TV Drama Actress?

Don’t forget, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was the first organization to reward Wright for “House of Cards,” for the first season back in 2013. She beat the odds that year and came out on top against co-nominees Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black”) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal”). Wright’s on-screen partner Spacey lost the Golden Globe that first year to Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), but rallied by claiming victory for Season 2.

Wright was nominated two more times at the Globes for playing Claire (2014-15), but was snubbed thereafter. However, don’t let that stop you from predicting Wright for the final season of “House of Cards,” particularly as she received oodles of positive press following Spacey’s ouster. Another factor in her favor is that Wright was given the reigns of directing the all-important series finale, “Chapter 73,” which was the 10th time she directed an episode.

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This year’s competition for Best TV Drama Actress at the Golden Globes includes last year’s winner Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”), Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”) and Keri Russell (“The Americans”). Like Wright, Russell is competing for the final time for her long-running series. But since the Golden Globes are notorious for rewarding the shiniest, newest shows, might that give the edge to either Roberts, Oh or Comer?

“House of Cards” Season 6 received a 72% score at Rotten Tomatoes, with critics unanimously praising Wright’s performance. Carrie Wittmer (Business Insider) notes, “Wright is truly stunning on the final season, and gives every second on screen her all in a way that suggests she’s always known this should’ve been her show.” Ed Bark (Uncle Barky) says, “Wright’s performance reflects all of his cynicism, calculation and deep, unhealed wounds that powered his engine.” And Verne Gay (Newsday) simply declares, “Claire’s turn and she makes it count.”

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