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Three-and-Twenty Golden Gals

This year's Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and once again GAME OF THRONES and HBO kicked ass and took names.

HBO collected more nominations than any other network... once again.

And GAME OF THRONES was responsible for a big chunk of those... 23 nominations all told, more than any other series... for the second year in a row (we had 24 last year).

Last year we won Best Drama, and we're nominated once again this year, so we have a chance to make it two in a row... against a formidable lineup of competitors in HOMELAND, DOWNTON ABBEY, MR. ROBOT, BETTER CALL SAUL, THE AMERICANS, and HOUSE OF CARDS.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss got a nod for Writing, which they won last year.

For directing, two nominations: Jack Bender for "The Door" and Miguel Sapochnik for "Battle of the Bastards."

And in the acting categories, GAME OF THRONES had its best year yet. Max Von Sydow was nominated for Best Actor in a Guest Role. Peter Dinklage and Kit Harrington both got nods for Best Supporting Actor. And in Best Supporting Actress, GOT snagged not one, not two, but three nominations; Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams will all be vying for the Emmy.

I am thrilled and happy for all our nominees, of course... but it made me especially happy to see Kit and Maisie get some love from the Academy at last. About damn time, I say. They are several years overdue. (And I would have loved to see Sophie Turner on that list as well. I know, I know, I'm greedy).

For a full list of the nominees, go here:

The awards will be presented on September 18 in Los Angeles. Two days ahead of my birthday this year, but maybe we'll get some presents anyway.


Jul. 15th, 2016 12:31 am (UTC)
Favorite scenes/episodes?
'grats to you and the cast, writers, directors and showrunners! Did you have any favorite particular scenes or episodes from this season?
Jul. 15th, 2016 12:31 am (UTC)
Max von sydow
honestly Max von sydow earned it, and i won't be surprised if he won. even though they should have made him a big beard and tall hair like the other awesome fellow appeared in season 4 finale. he was simply great
Hazem El-Dabbah
Jul. 15th, 2016 12:32 am (UTC)
Don't go full Dudely
hahaha, you remind me of Dudley when he went mad because he got only 37 presents on his birthday (which was one less than the previous year).
April Hill
Jul. 15th, 2016 12:37 am (UTC)
Hope you go!
It looks to be a real good party and just in time for your Nameday! Dust off the old tux and go have a good time.

I hope Kit gets the award, this year. The kid has evolved something amazing since season one. And his emotional performance in "Battle of the Bastards" was phenomenal.

I may actually watch the Emmy's, so long as NPH doesn't host...
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Jul. 15th, 2016 01:09 am (UTC)
RE: Very well deserved
They're in different categories. Rami is in Lead and Kit is in Supporting
H Gillie
Jul. 15th, 2016 12:46 am (UTC)
It would have been lovely to see Iwan Rheon snag a nod for best supporting. His work as Ramsay was absolutely outstanding.
Jul. 15th, 2016 01:04 am (UTC)
Jack Bender also nominated for The Door
Just wanted to point out that in addition to the nod for Miguel Sapochnik you mentioned, Jack Bender was also nominated for Directing in a Drama Series for the episode 'The Door.' :)
Jul. 15th, 2016 06:08 am (UTC)
Re: Jack Bender also nominated for The Door
Thanks for the heads up. Corrected.
Jul. 15th, 2016 01:08 am (UTC)
Congrats George, what a remarkable feat. I can only imagine what this amount of success must feel like. Season 6 was great and deserves every bit of applause.
Sean Hall
Jul. 15th, 2016 01:09 am (UTC)
I think GoT would be the odds on favorite to win best drama again this year. The last 2 episodes were some of the best episodes of any show ever (hopefully you play them at your theater some day!). I could see maybe Downton Abbey having a chance for it being their last season? Shows on their last season always seem to get some sympathy votes.
Jul. 15th, 2016 01:12 am (UTC)
GoT is greatest series of all time, and the books are better. Thanks for the song you've given us
Jul. 15th, 2016 01:14 am (UTC)
Very well-deserved
Such a strong season, the final two episodes in particular showed the series delivering at it's full (which is to say gigantic) potential.

Two things (ha ha). One, not to knock "Battle of the Bastards" at all, but I would have preferred "Winds of Winter" to be nominated for Miguel Sapochnik's direction. So many pivotal and climactic scenes. It had to accomplish so much, and it all played just right - especially Cersei's opening (what was it, 25 minutes long?) sequence. I thought all the players, and Miquel especially, just nailed it.

Second, I echo your "greedy-ness" with regards to wanting Sophie Turner to be nominated. Love the other actors who were nominated, always. But it has been fantastic to see her growth as an actor over the series, and this season in particular many of my favourite emotional high-points were performed perfectly by her. Next year!

Edited at 2016-07-15 01:53 am (UTC)
Collin Heisler
Jul. 15th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
All deserved!
Everybody listed deserves an award. Kit has become phenomenal. Emilia's not bad, but Maisie and especially Lena were amazing this season. Congrats!

Edited at 2016-07-15 01:32 am (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2016 02:06 am (UTC)
Game of Thrones could clean up! A bit surprised, though, that Ramin Djawadi wasn't nominated for Light of the Seven. I thought the song was one of the best of the entire series.

Edited at 2016-07-15 03:02 pm (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2016 02:56 am (UTC)
I'm so glad Maisie Williams is *finally* being recognized. She's consistently been one of the strongest actresses in the show. You know you have a good young actor/actress when they can go head to head with the likes of Charles Dance and *steal* the scene from him (for a good season 2 example). So about frakking time indeed!

Nice to see Tatiana Maslany once again get nominated for her Orphan Black work, even if her chances of actually winning are pretty much zero. It would have been nice to see Orphan Black itself get nominated for writing or best drama series but that'd probably be asking for too much.

The one thing that truly stands out to me is the almost complete lack of recognition for Outlander. Again. It's great that the costume design is being recognized and the same goes for the production design. But come on! The acting, music, writing, direction, etc. are all some of the best on TV. It deserves more than just technical recognition.
Jul. 15th, 2016 05:21 am (UTC)
I agree. OUTLANDER was robbed. All three leads were amazing... especially Tobias Menzies in his double role as Frank and Black Jack.

Eva Green also deserved a nomination for her work in PENNY DREADFUL.

Of course, every year has omissions. And right now it is harder than it has ever been. So many great great shows to watch.
Jul. 15th, 2016 05:52 am (UTC)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan was absolutely robbed for not getting a guest appearance nomination. His portrayal of Negan was brilliant and has made me lose some respect for the awards.

Also once again Armie Hammer (my Rhaegar) and Clive Standen (my young Robert) is the Ruby Ford Trident flashback battle we all long for. At least i do. Tell HBOs budget committee that GoT deserves and has earned it.
Jul. 15th, 2016 07:18 pm (UTC)
At least Jeffrey Dean Morgan will have other opportunities to get nominated as Negan. He's going to be a main cast member next season and he's bound to have a lot of great scenes (provided the writing stays so strong).

I agree that his introduction was incredible. That monologue was one of the most intense scenes I've ever seen. I knew what was coming up from the comic and I was still on the edge of my seat.
Katrina Kuner
Jul. 15th, 2016 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks George - I watched Outlander on your recommendation (reading about it here) and have since gone on to fall in love with Diana's story through the books.

Outlander should be a shoe in for costuming but certainly deserved a few more nods.

BTW, so love that my two favourite authors catch up for breakfast! 😀
Jul. 15th, 2016 04:24 pm (UTC)
Tobias Menzies gets snubbed time and time again.

I think I recall you saying you watched Rome. His Brutus was amazing. He never got any recognition for it though. Now he has a main role on Outlander and absolutely KILLS it. His Edmure Tully is nothing short of perfect.

That's three adapted characters (I know Brutus was a real guy) that he has not only played but has basically become for the role. If I read any Roman history now, I see Tobias Menzies. If I read about Frank and Black Jack, I see Tobias Menzies. When I read your own work and see Edmure, I see Tobias Menzies. I hope people realize the talent it takes to do that.

He did get a Golden Globe nod for Outlander but I feel like we're looking at one of the best actors alive but no one seems to realize that. This guy is special.
Jul. 15th, 2016 07:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely. Tobias Menzies is downright chilling as Black Jack. The contrast between Black Jack and Frank really highlights just how good he actually is. But all three leads are amazing and deserve far more recognition than they're getting. The chemistry between Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan is fantastic too!

I keep meaning to check out Penny Dreadful. I've heard nothing but good things about it. Sadly, there are only so many hours in the day and there really are way too many good shows these days to keep up with them all. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are making it even harder to keep up because they're also producing really good shows.

I'm certainly not complaining about all the high quality television but we really need 36 hour days...
Jul. 15th, 2016 03:25 am (UTC)
So, in a hugely ensemble show like GoT, how does the Emmy system decide who is a "lead" and who is a "supporting"? I think this season that both Kit Harrington and Peter Dinklage could be argued as two of the most important characters and hence should be competing in lead not supporting role categories.
Jul. 15th, 2016 05:22 am (UTC)
The show itself decides, not the Academy.

One big factor is amount of screen time. Despite their seeming prominence, neither Kit nor Peter had anywhere near as much screen time as the actors nominated for leading roles.

Edited at 2016-07-15 06:02 am (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2016 05:53 am (UTC)
Don't say that!!! He killed the last lead!!
Jul. 15th, 2016 04:20 am (UTC)
Emmy Nominations 2016
I am SO happy for Maisie, she really deserves it!!

Would've been so cool to see the Stark sisters nominated together but oh well... Next year I have no doubt that Sophie will get her fair share of nominations.
Jul. 15th, 2016 05:18 am (UTC)
Impressive two years in a row. Still, are Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams really nominated for supporting roles in the series, instead of main roles?
Alfonso Cabello
Jul. 15th, 2016 07:22 am (UTC)
Happy for some people nominees

Ummm. Then, It means that, you can kill now Samsa, Arya, Jon Snow... if they win their awards... :)))

Edited at 2016-07-15 07:23 am (UTC)
Simon Casey
Jul. 15th, 2016 10:32 am (UTC)
The leftovers
Wondering if you caught Season 2 of this? Missing a nom or two I think.
Jul. 15th, 2016 10:55 am (UTC)
All well-deserved…

And, if the Old Gods forbid, one of the actors and actresses don't get the awards this September, can you swoop in on Drogon and go all dracarys on the Academy? ;)
James Blacker
Jul. 15th, 2016 04:36 pm (UTC)
Now THAT would be a great way to end the show.
Da Ku
Jul. 15th, 2016 11:11 am (UTC)
Three-and-Twenty Golden Gals
So thrilled for Maisie, and thank you George for creating such an interesting and complex Arya! ( 'Arry, Weasel, Lumpyface/Cat/Mercy etc! )

Would love to see Bella Ramsey get some Best Newcomer recognition too :)

Edited at 2016-07-15 11:16 am (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2016 11:14 am (UTC)
Kit deserves to win! His performance in the "Battle of the Bastards" episode was so thrilling to watch.
I'm very disappointed that Ramin Djawadi wasn't nominated. This year's soundtrack was just amazing.
Albert Jackson
Jul. 15th, 2016 01:57 pm (UTC)
Ramin Djawad
In six years Djawad has only been nominated once , even with the Emmy technicalities about series music this just passes beyond human understanding.
Jul. 15th, 2016 02:29 pm (UTC)
The Americans
Nice to see The Americans finally getting the recognition it deserves. I love GOT but The Americans is easy the best show on TV at the moment (in my opinion, anyway).
If you haven't seen it you should check it out.
Jul. 15th, 2016 04:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats George...

All I can really say though, and we actually discussed this when you posted about last years Emmy nominations, it's about goddamn time Maisie got some recognition. What a talented young girl. I feel like she could've been nominated for every season and she finally got her nod.

I feel like there's many more of these coming in her future.
James Blacker
Jul. 15th, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC)
Hold the Amour
Glad to see your brilliance get rewarded...I wish they'd nominated The Door instead. While I know it'll be different in the books, I could clearly see your desire to break our hearts in there.

Shame we didn't see Ramsay's armour from the book. Especially if Jon had some wolf based armour as well...would make him avoiding those arrows more sensible...

Jul. 15th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
I know you can't say it but Emilia Clarke being nominated over Sophie Turner is an embarrassment.
Jul. 16th, 2016 12:08 am (UTC)
I'll have to agree with that on some level. While I love Emilia Clarke as Dany, Sophie Turner really was one of the better actors this season, especially compared to her performances in the previous seasons
Jul. 16th, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
Congratulations! This is excellent news!
Jul. 16th, 2016 04:50 am (UTC)
While I laud your defense of "Outlander", especially with the fantastic writing of Ronald D. Moore, Ira Steven Behr, and Toni Graphia, I must say the best show on TV these last 2 years has been "Halt and Catch Fire" on AMC. Have you seen it? It's incredible!
Fredipus Rex
Jul. 16th, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Emmys
I will find it hard to believe if Mr. Robot doesn't pull in some major awards. That show was shockingly good - you knew what the main "twist" was by the end of the first episode and it *still* delivered on every level imaginable. I'm not even a fan of the Occupy / 99%er movements and I still thought it was unbelievable.

I want GoT to win every single award Mr. Robot doesn't win, but I want Rami to definitely win lead and Mr. Robot for show.
Jul. 16th, 2016 07:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Emmys
Nothing against MR. ROBOT, but I want US to win show.
Jul. 17th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
SO want Kit to win and SO want someone to scream "THE KING IN THE NORTH!"
Jul. 17th, 2016 10:37 pm (UTC)
Cheerin' like hell for Lena Headey. Too bad McShane didn't get a nod for his asskicky guest role, i liked him.
Marco De Sanctis
Jul. 18th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
Alfie Allen,Iwan Rheon and Conleth Hill
I think Alfie Allen, Iwan Rheon and Conleth Hill deserve a nominee too. They're incredibly talented and amazing.
Matthias Karim Rahmatian
Jul. 19th, 2016 10:08 am (UTC)
Revolutionary ending
Hi George,
#wildguess I think you are going for a revolutionary ending, fittingly.
Nobody will sit on the Iron Throne in the end. It will be melted down or something.
Certain aspects, combined from the books and series, let me believe this now.
As Tyrion said in the 9th episode of season 6, "Nobody needs a master".
A Dream of Spring :)

Sincere apologies for being somewhat off-topic on this blog post.
I just had to communicate it to you.
Many, many thanks for your great work!
Jul. 19th, 2016 12:01 pm (UTC)
On Season Four
I just got past the Red Wedding and the Purple Wedding. I was so mad about what happened in the Red Wedding but it had to happen. I remember Wes Craven saying that a writer should make the audience wonder, what is this guy going to do next? The Red Wedding did that for me. I was like what is George R.R. Martin going to do next?! I want to read the books now. I got the first one on my Kindle. Bought it a few years back but never got a chance to read it. Reading It, Books of Blood, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and The Girl Who Was Plugged In. I'm also an aspiring writer so I'm taking lessons from watching the Game of Thrones tv series
Jul. 21st, 2016 07:51 am (UTC)
Finally Kit and Maisie get a nomination. That should have happened much sooner in my opinion.

Season 6 was really good this year it's my second favourite season behind 4. Now I am even more eager to read the next book. Keep on writing more of your magnificent works you amazing man whether there related to A song of Ice and Fire or not I will read them when I can.

Edited at 2016-07-21 07:51 am (UTC)


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