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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this year's nominations for the Emmy Awards this morning, and HBO's GAME OF THRONES led the way with a whopping TWENTY-FOUR nominations. More than any other show this year, in any other category, be it drama, comedy, reality, talk, movie, miniseries, variety, documentary, what have you.

Congratulations are in order for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, our showrunners, all our writers and directors and producers, our amazing cast and our incredible crew, and of course the good folks at Home Box Office, who made all this possible.

Here are this year's nominations for GOT:

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Peter Dinklage – Tyrion Lannister

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Lena Headey – Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke – Daenerys Targaryen

Outstanding Guest Actress
Diana Rigg – Lady Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss – Mother’s Mercy

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
David Nutter – "Mother’s Mercy"
Jeremy Podeswa – "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken"

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Or Fantasy
Program (One Hour Or More)
"High Sparrow"
"Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken"
Deborah Riley, Production Designer
Paul Ghirardani, Art Director
Rob Cameron, Set Decorator

Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series
Nina Gold, CSA, Casting Director
Robert Sterne, Casting Director
Carla Stronge, Casting Director

Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series
"Hardhome" (Fabian Wagner, BSC, Director of Photography_
"Sons Of The Harpy" (Anette Haellmigk, Director of Photography)
"The Dance Of Dragons" (Rob McLachlan, ASC, CSC, Director of Photography)
"Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" (Greg Middleton, CSC, Director of Photography)

Outstanding Costumes For A Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series Or Movie
"The Dance Of Dragons"
Michele Clapton, Costume Designer

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series
"Hardhome" (Tim Porter, Editor)
"The Dance Of Dragons" (Katie Weiland, Editor)

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
"Mother’s Mercy"
Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist
Candice Banks, Department Head Hairstylist
Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist
Gary Machin, Hairstylist
Laura Pollock, Hairstylist
Nicola Mount, Hairstylist

Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
"Mother’s Mercy"
Jane Walker, Department Head Makeup Artist
Nicola Matthews, Makeup Artist

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Limited Series, Movie Or A Special
Jane Walker, Department Head Makeup Artist
Barrie Gower, Special Makeup Effects Department Head
Sarah Gower, Special Makeup Effects Assistant
Department Head

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series
Tim Kimmel, Supervising Sound Editor
Paula Fairfield, Sound Designer
Bradley C. Katona, Sound Effects Editor
Peter Bercovitch, Supervising Dialogue Editor
David Klotz, Music Editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit, Foley Artist
Dylan T. Wilhoit, Foley Artist

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)
Ronan Hill, C.A.S., Production Mixer
Richard Dyer, Production Mixer
Onnalee Blank, C.A.S., Re-Recording Mixer
Mathew Waters, Re-Recording Mixer

Outstanding Special Visual Effects
"The Dance Of Dragons"
Steve Kullback, Visual Effects Producer
Joe Bauer, Visual Effects Supervisor
Adam Chazen, Visual Effects Associate Producer
Jabbar Raisani, Visual Effects Plate Supervisor
Eric Carney, Visual Effects Previs Lead
Stuart Brisdon, Special Effects Supervisor
Derek Spears, Lead CG Supervisor
James Kinnings, Lead Animator
Matthew Rouleau, CG Supervisor

Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie
Rowley Irlam, Stunt Coordinator

It's an incredible list, I applaud everyone on it... and all of those who didn't make it either. GAME OF THRONES is what it is because of the untiring efforts of the best cast and crew in television today. Many were recognized by the Academy today for their work... but others, equally dedicated and talented, were not. But the show would not the hit it is without their talent and dedication.

The 24 nominations garnered by GAME OF THRONES is not only the highest number of any show this year, but among the highest ever received by a single series for a single season in the entire history of television. (For numbers geeks, the record remains 27, garnered by NYPD BLUE in 1994).

Today is a day for celebrations and congratulations, for popping champagne corks and raising toasts and exchanging thanks... but before we do too many cartwheels, it would be wise to remember that GAME OF THRONES also led the Emmy nominations last year, with 19 nods, only to get skunked on the night of the televised awards. The same as the year before, and the year before that. Like many fantasy shows before us, GOT is often honored for our special effects, costumes, makeup, stuntwork, set design, and cinematography (this year, please note, we have four of five finalists for cinematography), but seldom for writing, directing, or acting. Peter Dinklage's Emmy as Best Supporting Actor for season one remains the ONLY award the show has ever won in those categories, in fact.

Will that change this year? One can hope, I suppose.

But no matter what happens on Emmy Night, let me say once again that it truly is an honor to be nominated, especially given the competition. This truly is The Golden Age of Television, especially for drama. GAME OF THRONES faces the usual formidable competition for the "Big One," the award for Best Dramatic Series... but as distinguished a list as that is, there are so many incredible shows that did NOT make the cut that it boggles the mind. It's great to see BETTER CALL SAUL and ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK on this list, but where is MASTERS OF SEX? THE KNICK? HALT AND CATCH FIRE? How about THE VIKINGS? I really thought JUSTIFIED might make it, for its final season. And OUTLANDER, how in the world did they overlook OUTLANDER, with its music and its costumes and its cinematography and the incredible performances of its three leads (especially Tobias Menzies in his double role)? Why is Nick Offermann not on the ballot for PARKS AND RECREATION? How could BIG BANG THEORY possibly fall off? Truly, the Academy (of which I am a member) moves in mysterious ways.

Even where GOT itself is concerned... I am thrilled to see both Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey among the nominees, but I wanted Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner and Natalie Dormer as well... it's great that two of our episodes got nominated for directing, but how did they overlook "Hardhome?"... and will Iain Glen and Conleth Hill and John Bradley West ever get any recognition, and...

Okay, okay, I know, I am being greedy, and every producer on every other show on television is probably saying the same things about his own cast just now. Let me just savor the moment.

GOT did good.


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Jul. 16th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
Wonderful job!
Everyone involved in GoT is absolutely amazing. It is truly an impressive feat you have made come to life. Huge congrats to everyone!

PS: please dont kill tyrion or any more starks.

Jul. 16th, 2015 10:37 pm (UTC)
I really thought Stephen Dillane and Alfie Allen did stand up jobs this year, I wish they had been formally recognized.

Always next year! Because St-Stannis... Stannis is alive, right George?

Edited at 2015-07-16 10:38 pm (UTC)
Benjamin Fortini
Jul. 19th, 2015 05:56 am (UTC)
Please Martin, answer that question... Is Stannis still alive?

Please, I beg you, I can't sleep at night.
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Jul. 16th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
Don't Forget Me.
at least something
Jul. 16th, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
Amazing to see great writing on both ends (Book, Show) and incredible acting get the recognition it deserves. I imagine all the success is like seeing a child grow up and graduate college!
Patty Maner
Jul. 16th, 2015 10:44 pm (UTC)
I'm a 'closet' stalker finally speaking out. I just wanted to say how happy it makes me to see this show get more of a nod than in the past years I've been watching. Everyone is bah humbug about this past season but I thought it was fantastic. Still rather sad over Michele Farleys' lack of show for her acting in the Red Wedding a couple years back now (I'm a grudge holder) but glad to see they gave a kudos to Lena Headsley for her heriotic walk of shame. Love the books, love the show.
Jul. 16th, 2015 10:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats indeed
And a great job to the original creator of this world as well!!! Amazing books, amazing show, amazing fictional escape!
Todd Frankson
Jul. 16th, 2015 10:51 pm (UTC)
I agree about hardhome. That episode was a thing of beauty.
Jul. 16th, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to all! I think I'm most happy about Diana Rigg's nomination, for purely selfish reasons - she's just so great.
Frank Probst
Jul. 16th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
Diana Rigg
She should've won last year. She was brilliant in "The Lion & the Rose", and she was brilliant again when you got to the (BIG SPOILER). You have to go back and watch her performance to really appreciate how good it was.

Edited at 2015-07-17 12:14 pm (UTC)
Jul. 16th, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)
No Outlander nominations except for Bear McCreary's soundtrack? What a travesty.
Jul. 16th, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Sean Murphy
Jul. 16th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
But on the plus side, they FINALLY recognized Tatiana Maslany for her incredible work in Orphan Black!
Jul. 16th, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Noms
Agreed. Long overdue.
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Jul. 16th, 2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased for you and all those mentioned. Congratulations. I agree there are many other names from the cast that deserve recognition as well. Yet I'm happy that the show received what it did. There was so much awesomeness in the season (all of the seasons deserve credit) and I personally felt Hardhome was one of the brightest jewels in their crown. I still watch it once a week or so and I still get an adrenaline rush when I do. I really can't imagine all of the talent and hard work that goes into the series and the books, too. I enjoy the other shows you mention, too. Cheers.
Jul. 16th, 2015 11:10 pm (UTC)
James Young
Jul. 16th, 2015 11:18 pm (UTC)
My frustration that Outlander wasn't nominated is off the charts. How was it snubbed for House of Cards which had an awful third season? Also, Sam Heughan provided some of the most emotionally devastating scenes that I've ever witnessed on TV in the last few episode of Outlander and he was snubbed. The Americans being snubbed is also just down right ridiculous.

As much as you may feel pleased that GoT won so many awards, the snubs and over dominance of particular tv shows and actors shows how redundant these award ceremonies are becoming. I'm glad the Academy seemed to wake up to the perception of the general public and get a nomination in for Tatiana Maslany but that's like a splash of a pebble in an ocean.

I don't think GoT will get the recognition it deserves from these award ceremonies, and the biggest crime of the whole process is that Daredevil didn't get nominated. That is a tour de force in pushing the boundaries of television to the extreme, but because it's a comic book adaption the Academy look down on it. Each year I'm becoming more and more disillusioned by these archaic ceremonies.
Jul. 16th, 2015 11:26 pm (UTC)
Why do they have to put the lead actors for GoT in the supporting actor / actress category? And where is Ramin Djawadi on this list???
Jul. 16th, 2015 11:29 pm (UTC)
Our "lead actors" actually have less screen time per season than the supporting actors in other shows, because of the size of our cast. It makes for an unequal contest.
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Jul. 16th, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Alas, still no Kit :(. Hopefully I'm not the only one who recognized the quality of his subtle performance. Or Stephen Dillane for that matter!

Edited at 2015-07-16 11:38 pm (UTC)
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