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Corey Stoll of 'House of Cards'
Corey Stoll, "House of Cards"
Nomination Status: A strong possibility if "House of Cards" is a phenomenon.
In His Favor: An up-and-coming talent for years, Stoll has been breaking out in recent years with "Midnight in Paris" and "Law & Order: Los Angeles" and with this showy supporting role in Netflix's buzz-y original drama series. Stoll pretty much gets to do everything here. He drinks. He does drugs. He behaves erratically. He gets to politically grandstand. It's a raw performance that is flamboyant at times and quietly nuanced at others and it was enough to make Stoll one of the spring development season's hottest names before he chose the lead in FX's "The Strain" pilot from Guillermo Del Toro. Award voters always like to recognize stars on the rise and Stoll fulfills that mandate, confidently holding his own against multiple Oscar winner (and likely Emmy nominee) Kevin Spacey. If voters notice Spacey, there's no reason they shouldn't honor Stoll as well.
Working Against Him: It remains to be seen what kind of impact Netflix will be able to make in the Emmy race. Is the push going to be centered around Spacey with fingers crossed for anybody and everybody else? Like Noah Emmerich, Stoll is going to either benefit from or suffer from how broad-based the support is for his show. If Spacey and David Fincher are the total focuses of Netflix's attention and the show only gets a couple nods, Stoll has no chance. But if "House of Cards" is an Outstanding Drama nominee and ends up as one of the year's most honored shows, Stoll could be right in the mix.