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Kate Mara of 'House of Cards'
Kate Mara, "House of Cards"
Nomination Status: If "House of Cards" plays big with Emmy voters, she becomes a real player.
In Her Favor: While many people have quibbled with the depiction of journalists and journalism in "House of Cards" -- for good reason, by the way -- few of those criticisms have been directed at the solid performance given by Mara. The character has an interesting arc and Mara inhabits it fully, even selling some of the inconsistencies in the writing. As an up-and-coming young actress with a decent film/TV pedigree, Mara has the right profile to get Emmy attention and she's probably in line to be, along with Corey Stoll, the actor voters notice after they're done voting for Kevin Spacey and, perhaps, Robin Wright. If "House of Cards" strikes a chord, she'll easily ride the momentum to a nomination.
Working Against Her: See the Corey Stoll entry. If voters ignore most of the show and only notice Spacey and David Fincher, Mara doesn't have a chance. But if Netflix can sell voters on the idea that recognizing "House of Cards" is recognizing a key paradigm shift within the industry, the show could take in a big haul of nods.