Washington takes leading role at Emmys

A slew of politically themed shows are going head-to-head on Monday night at the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

The Netflix hit “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey as a corrupt yet savvy politician who works his way up from the House of Representatives to the White House, is up for more than a dozen golden statues during the awards show airing live on NBC. Among the many nominations the political thriller received this year are Best Actor and Best Actress nods for Spacey and co-star Robin Wright, as well as a nomination in the Best Drama category.

The show made history for Netflix at the 2013 Emmys, when it became the first win by a non-TV network. “House of Cards” director David Fincher took home the Best Directing award that year.

The show’s creator, Beau Willimon, tweeted from a Sunday pre-Emmys party:

The Emmys are also once again showing the HBO show “Veep” the love this year. Julia Louis-Dreyfus picked up two Emmys in past years for her role as the series’ fictional vice president, Selina Meyer, and is up once again in the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category. The official Twitter account for “Veep” has been tweeting about the Emmys buzz ahead of the awards show, retweeting a Twitter post predicting yet another win for Louis-Dreyfus:

“Veep” also received a nomination in the Best Comedy category, and co-stars Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky are also up for Emmys on Monday.

Claire Danes, who won Best Actress in a Drama Series for the first two seasons of Showtime’s political thriller “Homeland,” is going for a three-peat for the show’s third season. The award category is packed with women who play D.C.-based characters on the small screen: Robin Wright and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington (known as Washington crisis manager Olivia Pope to fans of the ABC show) are also nominated.

--This report was updated at 2:53 p.m.