Time is running out for SAG Awards voters to honor Robin Wright with a trophy for her work on Netflix’s “House of Cards.” Wright just earned her fifth consecutive SAG nomination for playing Claire Underwood, who succeeded her husband Frank (Kevin Spacey) as President of the United States in the final season of the political drama. With the past two double winners out of contention (2014-15 champ Viola Davis was snubbed for “How to Get Away with Murder,” while 2016-17 victor Claire Foy was ineligible for “The Crown”), could Wright finally be voted up to the podium?
The sixth and final season streamed November 2 on Netflix, just in time for the Screen Actors Guild Award nominating committee to stream it before marking their ballots. Wright’s visibility was higher than ever this year as she was asked to finish the story of the power-hungry Underwoods after Spacey was fired due to allegations of sexual misconduct. The show’s writing staff was forced to retool the final eight episodes after Spacey’s exit to explain Frank’s absence and focus more on Claire.
Besides Wright, the other four SAG-nominated dramatic actresses this year are Julia Garner (“Ozark”), Laura Linney (“Ozark”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”). Of this group only Linney and Oh are former individual SAG Awards winners, for “John Adams” (2008) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005), respectively. Oh also prevailed as part of the casts for “Sideways” (2004) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (2006), while Moss claimed victory as a member of the “Mad Men” ensemble (2008-09).
While the SAG Awards honored Wright with a goodbye hug, the Golden Globes snubbed her for the final season of “House of Cards.” But 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 triumphed against Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black”) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal”).
Another factor in Wright’s favor this year is that she was given the reigns of directing the all-important series finale, “Chapter 73,” which was actually the 10th time she helmed an episode of “House of Cards.” The final season received a 71% score at Rotten Tomatoes, with critics unanimously praising Wright’s performance.