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GAME OF THRONES has been nominated in the Best Drama category of the new Critics Choice Awards. Check out the full list of nominees here:


It's an impressive list of nominees. Congratulations to David and Dan and the cast and crew and support staff at HBO, all the great folks who worked so hard to make the show the success it seems to be. Great work, guys!

((And yes, I do wish some of our cast had gotten nominated as well. We have some amazing actors on GAME OF THRONES. Traditionally, though, fantasy and SF have always been overlooked in the acting categories. But maybe we'll do better in the Emmys and Golden Globes))

On other fronts... Sunday's episode, "The Pointy End," got the highest ratings of the season. The show is building. I suspect that this record will endure until... well, Sunday.


Jun. 8th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
love it!
Jun. 8th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Sunday, bloody Sunday.
Jun. 8th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Congratulations on that, Mr. Martin; the show deserves every honor it receives. ^_^ I was discussing the 8th episode with a co-worker who enjoys the series but hasn't read the books, and she said that it didn't seem like as much happened as compared to the 7th episode. Considering the sheer number of things set up in "The Pointy End", all I could do was grin.

She wants to read the books now, though. I think this makes five people I've gotten started on the series. Bwa ha ha.
Jun. 8th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
I love the series
I love the series so far. I had to get HBO back just to see it. Tyrion is still one of my favorite characters, Peter Dinklage was the perfect choice
Jun. 8th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
I can't wait!
Jun. 8th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
Tell me when we get to Chicago
George, the only award that's ever mattered is the Hugo. You know that.
Jun. 8th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
If the TV viewers have read your books, I hope they come away from it the way I did: hungry for more. It was after the shock was over that I knew I would not be getting off of this ride. I had grown to love these people and sensed how far you could go or more like how real you could be (even though valar morghulis). All of that...and, of course, sweet revenge on the lions no matter how long it took.
Jun. 8th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard on the show.

The whole cast is great. Let's hope we get some nominations for the Emmys. Peter Dinklage has been thrown about by a few top critics already.
Jun. 8th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
The cast is excellent with Peter Dinkelage, Mark Addy and Sean Bean being exceptional on a whole separate level. Such talent.
Jun. 8th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
Congrats on your work adapting "The Pointy End"!
I know how difficult it is to adapt anything from lit to screenplay, especially if it's your own material. I thought it was the tightest episode of the season and the first one to make me love the HBO series as much as I love the novels. High hopes for the last two episodes, and "Blackwater" in season 2.
Jun. 8th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
Summing this up in one word: Awesome!
Jun. 8th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
"the pointy end"
best episode yet! I am extremely pleased with the way this series has been adapted as a show!
Jun. 8th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
What, no one said congrats yet?
This is great! Congrats on getting nominated. The series may not win, but it certainly may make people wonder and get curious about it.
Jun. 8th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
Fantastic news all around. I am pleased too. :-)
It IS great. And oh, you forgot to mention the person who originally wrote the books on Game of Thrones. I think he deserves some acknowledgment as well, otherwise this series would not have happened.

Thank you, Mr. Martin, for wonderful worlds!
Jun. 8th, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
This is fabulous news! I do believe there will be some cast nominations at least for the Emmys and Golden Globes. But this is a good start! I think the show breaks the mold of typical fantasy/SF television (as great as many of them are), and will not be ignored.
Jun. 8th, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
"The Pointy End" was wonderful. Already looking forward to more :)
Jun. 8th, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
very, very good news! Congratulations!
Jun. 8th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
I couldn't be happier with the show. Tremendous fun.
Jun. 8th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Congrats Mr Martin!
The Pointy End was the best episode ever. I can't believe I have to wait a whole year for the next season - winter is certainly coming...
Jun. 8th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Congrats to you and everyone at HBO and involved with the show. I'm sure more accolades will be coming your way.

And congrats on your wonderful episode!
Jun. 8th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
My Song of Ice and Fire
First off…congratulations on the well-deserved “A Game of Thrones” Critics Choice Awards nomination. Secondly, shame on you George R. R. Martin for writing your “can’t-put-it-down” medieval-fantasy saga. As soon as I started watching the HBO series, I immediately purchased all four books of “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga.

My original plan was to follow each HBO episode by reading the corresponding chapters in “A Game of Thrones.” Needless to say, that only lasted through two episodes, as once I picked up the first book, I could not put it down.

I am now half-way through the fourth book. Over the past two months, your novels have been all-consuming. I have abandoned two other novels that remain partially read on my bedside table; my husband has gone without clean clothes (he hates going commando); my Pergo floors now appear to be carpeted due to dog hair and lack of vacuuming; writing assignments are piling up; dinner is always late; and night-after-night I keep my husband awake into the wee hours of the morning, with pages turning and my Itty Bitty book light blazing.

As much as I try to drag myself away from your medieval soap opera, the story and characters keep pulling me back. I’m uncertain if I should thank you or curse you. One thing I do know is that my life has been enriched through your imaginative tale.

I’m looking forward to the next novel in your series and watching HBO breath life into your “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga.

Dee Marie
Author of the “Sons of Avalon” saga
Jun. 8th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
congratulations on the nominations. i hope GoT will win! and i'm sure the show will do GREAT at the emmys and the golden globes :D

"the pointy end" was a phenomenal episode <3
Jun. 8th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping the Emmys and Golden Globes give at least some recognition of the acting this season...

...but next season, assuming he's even halfway well interpreted, all the awards giants will have to bow down before the juggernaut known as "Hot Pie." ;-)
Jun. 8th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Casting idea!
... Imagine Hugh Laurie (in full House mode) playing Littlefinger!
Jun. 8th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats to you, the cast and HBO
It has been a long time coming, and I am sure that the series will continue to attract new viewers. Non fantasy loving friends have tuned in on their own and are hooked. The story is smart and compelling, you cannot help but be reeled in. Thankfully, the production values are on par with the material!

As an aside, you were kind enough to sign a book for me at Hastings last weekend (my mother-in-law grabbed it before catching a flight here)... and I wanted to say thank you. I shall treasure it. Hopefully we'll see you in the Sunshine State sometime soon!

Congrats again, and cheers!
Jun. 8th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Can we begin the "Peter Dinklage deserves an Emmy" train here? I'm on board
Jun. 8th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Congratz! On the success of the episode you wrote, that is.

Though the same surely applies to the series as a whole, and to what I predict is just the beginning of the awards nominations it will get. I'm loving it, but it's making my weeks too damn long - I can't wait for Sunday night to roll around!

Thank you so much for A Song of Ice and Fire. That is all.
Mike Bonsiero
Jun. 8th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Part of the reason the actors aren't getting the recognition is because there are so many of them. Peter Dinklage has been great, as have Nicolaj Coster-Waldau and Sophie Turner, among others, but because of the scope of the show, they're not getting a ton of screen time.
Jun. 8th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Question re Audible.com release of ADwD

I have a question for you concerning the expected release date of the audio book version of A Dance with Dragons. What I want to be able to do is to purchase the book, as read by the incomparable Roy Dotrice, from Audible.com on July 12, 2011 (at 12:01 a.m. EST, preferably). Electronic downloads are far preferable to me than a bulky disc collection when it comes to audiobooks. The fact that I could hopefully get the audio version downloading on to my iPod at the stroke of midnight makes it even more attractive to me.

I understand that whatever is ultimately done/ will be done by Amazon through audible.com is ultimately far beyond your control. Still, you (or, more likely, Ty) are able to gather the necessary information on this issue more readily than I am able to – and with a greater degree of accuracy.

So, from your understanding, is a July 12, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m. release on audible.com a reasonable expectation for me to have? Ordinarily, I’d be in a great rush to READ A Dance with Dragons, but the truth is – Roy Dotrice’s narration is now my preferred way to consume your series. It’s also a great “plus” that listening to it will take me much longer to experience the novel, beginning to end (as I read pretty fast). I’d rather prolong the enjoyment of my first-time experience with your book -- but not at the cost of me having to wait longer to start doing so!

Any feedback from you might be able to provide on this subject via “Not A Blog” in the coming month as we lead up to the release of the book on July 12, 2011 would be greatly appreciated.

(And just so you know, yes I also plan to purchase the Kindle version, and yes, I will also purchase a hardcover version, too. That way, I get to listen to it right away on my iPod, my wife gets to read it on the iPad right away, and we will wait the few days for the hardcover to show up at the house via Amazon.ca. Maximum enjoyment, minimum delay -- and more money in your pocket, too. What’s not to like? )

Best wishes,

Jun. 10th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Question re Audible.com release of ADwD
sorry we don't have that information. And we're not in a position to seek it out right now. You might want to contact Audible and ask them, they know more about what their release plans are than we do.

That goes for many inquiries about what various companies are doing with the release of the new book, the dvd set of the HBO 1st season, the translation of ADwD into your native language publisher's plans for release, things like that. We have little or no knowledge or control over many of these projects, and you (and I mean 'you' in the plural sense) as a consumer might be able to get the information you need directly from these other companies faster than we can do so.

Often, fan-based web sites like westeros.org and WiC have more information and can get it up faster than we can. When you 'crowd source' info you might get a better faster response than we can give, especially these next few weeks, with George and Ty going to Poland and Slovenia. I will barely have enough time each day to do the basic office work and run the household while they are both out of the country.

thanks so much for your support and enthusiasm, hope you enjoy a wonderful summer and the DANCE.

Jun. 8th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
Congrats George, It must be very rewarding to have your work appreciated by a new group of fans. Word of mouth is helping, this is all I've been hearing about no matter where I am. 2.7 mil I think I read. It will be interesting to see if this gets to 3 mil before the end. Next season 3 mil for sure especially after it comes out on DVD and people watch the repeats all year long on HBO.
Jun. 8th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
Peter Dinklage deserves a nomination.

Hopefully he will win the Emmy and Golden Globe.
Jun. 8th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
The Buzz is getting DEAFENING!
I'm sure this is the first of many accolades for Game of Thrones. I hope "The Pointy End" gets you an award for screenplay/adaptation or some such. It was excellent.
Still believe that Kit, Maisie, Sophie and Issac have break-out years coming to them. They deserve it! And Richard (does he go by Rick?) has done an excellent job with Rob as well, but I think the other kids have the meatier roles coming up that will get them recognized.
Cheers all around! First of many, I say!
Jun. 8th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Great stuff
It is like the summer of love all over again.
Jun. 9th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Brilliant Adaptation
I've watched every episode twice and some of them three times. Truly fantastic adaptation of the book. I've chatted about it with all my friends at work. Many of them are also now watching the show. Word of mouth will spread far and wide. The cast, the sets, the music, the costumes--all of it is spectacular.

How else can I donate beyond my HBO subscription to ensure a season three? People who haven't read the books are going to go nuts over season three.
Jun. 9th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Mr Martin!

I think it is only normal that this series is nominated as the best drama, but i don't think it is unfair not to nominate the cast. Because this is not a drama about mainly 5-6 people, even though all the characters are great, they have very little acting time because there are lots of characters. And I was also continuously disappointed about fantasy novels after LOTR and a few other books till I met your books. Lots of magic, stock characters, poetic story telling without any dramatic tension, easily guessed ends, etc... Your blend of fantasy and reality - pshychology of characters, sociological impacts of events and impacts of society upon characters- is maybe unique among fantasy writers. This kind of quality is found a little more in science fiction, but i must say it is lacking in fantasy in general. Of course, there are books that are not seen as fantasy but in fact can be thought in the fantasy genre (like Steppenwolf, Perfume, etc) that are highly regarded but i am not talking about them here.
Alex Julian
Jun. 9th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Well Played
As a reader of your novels, I have been warily watching through the first half of the season to see if it built the same suspense and mystery that the books do. I must say I am extremely impressed with its transition to the screen. The last episode (The Pointy End) was wonderfully scripted, acted and produced. Kudos, it was wonderful to see.
Jun. 10th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
BSG never won in the acting categories and it was an amazing show. Good Luck!
Jun. 10th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Good stuff indeed
I am glad for the ratings of the show and the fact that they definitely coincide with the quality of the show! As a fan however they are NOT the determinant factor of my watching the show, we all remember for example "The Wire" one of the finest shows ever put on TV, has ratings that anywhere else on mainstream TV would have seen it canceled after a few episodes. To their credet HBO stuck with the show and gave it a full-five season run. I definitely hope for the same with "Game Of Thrones".

As for the nominations, yeah it is good indeed that "Game Of Thrones" is on that list, award nominations and wins can only strengthen the show's reputation and popularity, but on the other hand I am also weary of awards, Golden Globes and Emmys included, who often seem to fail spectacularly in recognizing the shows they should in favour of those who they deem "important", and as my experience in previous years fantasy and sci-fi haven't done too great...but who knows maybe this time around things may be about to change. Hell nobody expected the LOTR trilogy to do as well as it did! The fact that "Fringe" and "The Walking Dead" are on the same list with "Game Of Thrones" is encouraging. Add to that "The Killing", "Dexter" and "Boardwalk Empire" and that is indeed and impressive list of nominees.

As for the acting nominations, it is really strange and hard to understand how performances from Mark Addy, Sean Bean, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage can be ignored?! Nevermind the rest of the cast! I hope for better results in the future.


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