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Media Access Award

Last week I made a quick two-day visit to Los Angeles to attend the 2013 Media Access Awards at the Beverly Hilton, where I was pleased and proud to accept  the 2013 "Visionary Award" on behalf of GAME OF THRONES.


The Media Access Awards honor films and television programs that champion disability as a feature of humanity — and as a component of great storytelling.  In recent years, this industry-wide, multi-guild celebration has spotlighted talents including Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, the casting office of Glee, actor Marlee Matlin, The Sessions writer-director Ben Lewin, and others who have continued to support and encourage the intersection of disability and visibility in media.

David Radcliff, of the Writers With Disabilities Committee of the Writers Guild of America, West, wrote to inform me of this honor, saying, "Game of Thrones seems a natural fit for this recognition. Since its earliest episodes, your gripping series has introduced us to a paralyzed boy with a supernatural gift, has endeared us to a Little Person defined not by his height but by his wit, and has regularly mined the lives of “cripples, bastards, and broken things” to celebrate their strengths and complexities.   In fact, it is a fantastic credit to your work that Game of Thrones is not commonly thought of as a show that “deals with” disability — it is something even better: a show that embraces the reality that no one is easily definable."

The award was presented at a breakfast at the Beverly Hilton.  It was a great event.  Paul Chitlik, an old colleague of mine from my days on THE TWILIGHT ZONE, presented the award to me, and I had the chance to meet some terrific actors, writers, and directors.

For more about the awards, and a full list of this year's honorees, see:


This is one I am very proud of... but really, though it may be my name on the award, David Benioff, Dan Weiss, Brian Cogman, our amazing cast and crew, and our incredible directors won this just as much as I did.  Would that all of them could have been there.  And none of this would have possible without the support of HBO.

Thanks, all.


Oct. 22nd, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, that really is an award to be proud of! Well done George, and all crew. David Radcliff's words are so kind, so true.
Thomas Joly
Oct. 22nd, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
You deserve it ;)
And I believe I'm not the only one who think that
Oct. 22nd, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a real honor. One of the coolest awards the show has received so far. Congratulations!
Oct. 22nd, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
That is completely awesome.
Aan Rusmanto
Oct. 22nd, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
nice shaare
Oct. 22nd, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
That second paragraph made me a bit misty. Honestly. Well deserved.
Kyle Johnson
Oct. 22nd, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
That's definitely something that attracted me to read to the books after seeing the series. The way no character is portrayed by some single one dimensional concept is so engrossing, every page is a cris-crossing of lives and the fallout of so many events.

Oct. 22nd, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
I cannot add enough "thumbs up" icons to this. Awesome and well-deserved.
Kimmy Benton
Oct. 23rd, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
It just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
Oct. 23rd, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
Mary Ellen Wofford
Oct. 23rd, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
Congrats to you.
Yes, HBO and the writers and the actors do deserve credit but you put the words on paper first. You brought everyone to life in my mind first.

Chad Cottle
Oct. 23rd, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Absolutely well-deserved! The exploration of Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things in the Song of Ice and Fire books has always been one of the most compelling reasons, for me, to read and re-read these great books.

The guys at HBO have also done a tremendous job showing this brilliantly in the show. Well done all around, and thanks for the continuing greatness of this series.
Oct. 23rd, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
Dear mr Martin, although it is GOT which got the award, it's your books that really deserve it. No offense to HBO, D&D etc., but watching the show almost made me forget how brilliant your writing is. I mean, although it's a good show in its own right, it doesn't come close to ASOIAF. I'll stop blabbing now - in short, well done, ser! ;)
Oct. 23rd, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
This is really a meaningful award! And while I agree that the reasons for this kind of recognition is the series (David and Dan etc.) it was always your story and your characters. So you indeed can be proud of that! I really liked that bit that Radcliffe wrote to you.
Tracy Semonik
Oct. 24th, 2013 04:05 am (UTC)
like previous posters- I'm definitely teary-eyed. When people asked me what it was about the ASoIaF series that made me mad for it, I've always included a little bit about the recurring theme through your works of differently enabling the disabled. I am super glad this series is being recognized for attributes other than bending genres and winning ratings. (not that that's not great too) More awards to your credit equals more story adaptations in the future, and I would soooo watch the hell out of a Skin Trade film! (please and thank you)
Ray Feighery
Oct. 24th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
As a Disabled Vet this is truly a meaningful award. Truly, Congratulations to you, Dan, David and the entire cast & crew!
Oct. 25th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
Where do you put all of your awards?
Oct. 25th, 2013 05:24 am (UTC)
I don't have nearly as many as some of my friends. Plenty of room for more. ;)
Oct. 26th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
Congrats! A very worthy and braggable award! :-)
Being a person with a couple of disabilities, I can attest to how woefully people with disabilities have been portrayed in the media in the past. Not anymore. Due to your efforts, Mr. Martin, and others, the public perception of those with disabilities are hopefully changing for the better (notably Galligan's Breaking Bad which wonderfully included RJ Mitte and NEVER spotlighted his cerebral palsy, as it should be).

It is, however, my hope that one day such an award is not needed, then that will show how far we've come as human beings.


George R.R. Martin
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