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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.


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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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