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Robin Wright of 'House of Cards'
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"
Nomination Status: A viable contender, but I'm not feeling the momentum.
In Her Favor: I'm still finishing "House of Cards," but from what I've seen, I keep having the same reaction to Robin Wright's Claire Underwood: "This is a bit like characters I've seen before, but she keeps doing things that are unfamiliar, or that I'm supposed to respond to in ways that are unique." Wright has a pedigree that's a lot like what Vera Farmiga brings to the table, albeit without the Oscar nomination and with a quieter role. Wright makes it easy to respect her strong character and that makes it easy to respect the performance. And for a brief period after "House of Cards" premiered, it felt like people were talking a lot about Wright and like a nomination was inevitable.
Working Against Her: The Netflix distribution model creates supernovas of hype and conversation but it's strangely unsustainable and I wonder if Wright and Kevin Spacey are about to suffer as a result. If you compare the conversation about Robin Wright to the conversation about Tatiana Maslany, it's the difference between a massive spike and collapse and a slow build that may not have reached quite the same peak, but still has room to grow.