House of Cards is an Emmys pioneer being the first online-only television series to earn a major Primetime Emmy nomination and award. It’s been a perennial nominee since its premiere in 2013 garnering 46 nominations and 7 wins in categories for Cinematography, Directing, and Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Reg E. Cathey.
Even though the series has been nominated four time for Outstanding Drama Series (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016), and its two main stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright have both been nominated five times each (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017) for Lead Actor and Actress, the show has failed to win any major awards.
House of Cards got caught up in Kevin Spacey’s sexual abuse scandal of 2017 that lead to his firing from the show right as the sixth season was slated to start filming. After a month-long investigation, Spacey was fired from the show, bumping Wright to the lead.
Cards has always been an Emmy darling, but is Netflix going to put support behind this series after all its turmoil, especially with other series like Ozark and The Crown in contention for Outstanding Drama Series this year?
In my early predictions, I do have Robin Wright in the race for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The Lead Actress race isn’t packed this year, and being a five time nominee should help her get one last nomination. I don’t think the Television Academy will reprimand her for Spacey’s wrongdoings. Two-time Emmy nominee Diane Lane was also added to the final season of House of Cards, and if the show is going to get any nominations, I see her getting one in Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
The Emmys do have history of rewarding actors with nominations after having to deal with turbulent co-stars. Laurie Metcalfe was still nominated for Roseanne in 2018 after Roseanne went on her racial tirade that led to her firing (I also have Metcalfe in the race this year for The Conners). Another great example is Jon Cryer, who dealt with Charlie Sheen’s meltdown on Two and a Half Men in 2011, and actually won the Emmy in 2012 after being bumped from Supporting to Lead Actor! While I don’t think Wright will have the same luck has Cryer, I don’t think she should be punished for Spacey’s stain on the series.
2019 Emmy nominations will be announced Tuesday, July 16th, get ready for a lot of coverage leading to the final day as potential nominees heat up or cool off.