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Awards Season

Awards season is upon us.

The Golden Globe nominations have just been announced. And once again GAME OF THRONES is a finalist in Best Television Series - Drama. Congrats to David Benioff, Dan Weiss, HBO, and our amazing cast and crew. This year we are up against OUTLANDER, MR. ROBOT, NARCOS, and EMPIRE.

Will we win? Maybe. We've been nominated before, but never won -- but that was true of the Emmy Awards as well, until this year, so maybe this time will prove to be the charm in the Globes as well. Actually, none of the nominees in this category have ever won, so someone is going to be taking home a Globe for the first time. I'm glad to see OUTLANDER getting some recognition, after being snubbed by the Emmys; it's a superb show. Never watched the other three, so it's hard to say how they stack up.

Sad to say, none of our actors were nominated. Boo, hiss. Lena Headey deserved a nod for sure, and some of our other regulars as well.

For a full list of those who were, go to:


OUTLANDER did very well with noms for Tobias Menzies in Supporting Actor and Catrionia Balfe in Lead Actress, both well deserved... but the Hollywood Foreign Press should really have made it three by nominating Sam Heughan too. He was amazing as Jamie Frazier.

The film nominations were a mixed bag, in my opinion. Very pleased to see MAD MAX:FURY ROAD up for Best Drama, and Bryan Cranston nominated for his performance as Dalton Trumbo in TRUMBO... a superb film that deserves a lot more attention than it's getting.

Also pleased to see the nominations for THE MARTIAN... but wait... THE MARTIAN is up for Best Comedy or Musical?????? Was that for Mark Watney's toe-tapping rendition of "Get Me Home Before I Starve To Death?" Or maybe that ever popular musical number, "Growing Potatoes in Poop, Heigh Ho?" I mean, c'mon guys, a nomination is a nomination, but...

Meanwhile, on other fronts, the Writers Guild of America also announced their screenwriting nominations. GAME OF THRONES is up twice. David Benioff and Dan Weiss and Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill are up collectively as a writing staff, up against the writing staffs of MR. ROBOT, MAD MEN, BETTER CALL SAUL, and THE AMERICANS.

David and Dan are also nominated for best single episode for "Mother's Mercy," competing with episodes of NARCOS, THE LEFTOVERS, THE GOOD WIFE, MAD MEN, and BETTER CALL SAUL. For a complete list of finalists, go to:


Finally, we also have acting nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, which can be found here:


SAG gave GOT three nods: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama, Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble... and Peter Dinklage for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama.

My congratulations to everyone who was nominated. You deserved it! And my condolences to all those who were not. You were robbed!


Dec. 11th, 2015 10:45 pm (UTC)
George, you really need to watch Mr. Robot, it's an amazing show that deserves the recognition :) And congrats on all the nominations!

Edited at 2015-12-11 11:15 pm (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2015 04:50 am (UTC)
He does need to watch Mr. Robot. Everyone does! All the peoples! The more peoples the better!

I think I had too much sugar today.
Andr Costa Silva
Dec. 13th, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
I felt like it went the easies and less interesting route in the later half of the season, almost pulling off a Fight Club twist but not nearly as brilliantly as Palahniuk did... and certainly not as original.

GoT may be the biggest favorite by a good margin this year.
Christopher Britt
Dec. 11th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
Ash vs Evil dead
Salutations George, congrats on the nods for thrones; I absolutely love your work over the years. I was wondering if you've had the time to watch any of the new Ash vs evil dead series? I thought it was a pretty fun continuation of the necronomicon saga.
Best of luck George in projects to come,
Dec. 11th, 2015 10:56 pm (UTC)
Agree Outlander is outstanding! Narcos is pretty stupendous as well. I'm at a loss as to how Vikings never gets any recognition. It is HIGHLY entertaining and the protagonist is one of the best lead characters on television.
Dec. 12th, 2015 04:48 am (UTC)
Re: agree
Vikings is fantastic but "The Last Kingdom" may give it a run for its plunder!

Edited at 2015-12-12 04:48 am (UTC)
Dec. 11th, 2015 11:28 pm (UTC)
You're a living legend now, man!
Dec. 11th, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC)
The Americans
The Americans is another excellent show that doesn't get the recognition it deserves, at least from mainstream awards.
Dec. 12th, 2015 04:46 am (UTC)
Re: The Americans
The Americans is one of the best 5 shows on TV and we are living in the Golden Age! Aren't we lucky!
Dec. 12th, 2015 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: The Americans
I think it's the best... I mean I love Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, but The Americans is just perfect. It's beyond me why no mainstream award even recognizes it.
Dec. 12th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
Re: The Americans
Ya, at one time I thought it was the best. It still is great. Maybe I'm spoiled.

There are so many great shows coming out every year in all genres.
Dec. 11th, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
Congrats to you George, and to HBO and the whole GoT Production. There's never been a better time to get a GG.

Congrats as well to Mad Max and Trumbo - two wildly engaging films. Apparently there is only much more Mad Max to come in the future and I'm excited for that.

The Martian as comedy/musical? I can't deny that the movie had a huge amount of comedy and music (it was overwhelming actually), but to categorize it as such seems pretty ludicrous. Oh well, I enjoyed that movie too.

As to the WGA front, well I hope you'll forgive me for saying that as good as GoT is, I don't think it beats Mad Men. Of course, I'm talking show only here.
Dec. 12th, 2015 12:02 am (UTC)
I'm thrilled the Outlander is FINALLY getting some recognition, besides a nomination for music. And yes, I heartily agree, Sam should have been nominated too.

As for Mr. Robot, I did watch the entire series and while it is of a different sort of genre than Game of Thrones or Outlander, it is no less compelling. It's got some very interesting psychological stuff going on with the main protagonist. And the last few episodes of the season? Pardon my French, but... MIND-FUCK!!! But of the good kind that leaves you sort of reeling and wanting to watch the whole season over again to catch those little hints. Mr. Robot is going to be some stiff competition, though I feel Game of Thrones and Outlander are still more deserving.

Congrats on your nominations for GoT.
Dec. 12th, 2015 12:18 am (UTC)

Apart from Game of Thrones, I think Mad Max, The Martian and Better Call Saul definitely deserve some recognition, and I've been told that Mad Men is also worth it. From the rest, I've only tried to to watch mr. Robot... I know that many people like it a lot, but it seemed unoriginal to me. It was like watching David Fincher's entire filmography combined, without the contribution of David Fincher. But opinions differ I guess.

I have a feeling that Game of Thrones is going to win the Golden Globe. Good luck to you!
Dec. 12th, 2015 04:44 am (UTC)
The Martian is fantastic and Mad Max is good. Better Call Saul is great but you don't like Mr. Robot? Blasphemy!
Dec. 12th, 2015 02:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Agree?
Mr. Robot was basically the Social Network,the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Fight Club combined together. Some shots were even identical to shots in those films! That can be a good thing for many people, but I didn't enjoy the familiarity I felt, and I also found the plot to be predictable. I watched it with a friend, and we are both huge Fincher fans...In order to understand how we felt, imagine reading something that is an obvious a Song of Ice and Fire ripoff, but doesn't have the soul of the original work. Maybe I'm being too strict with the series, and overall I'm cool with subtle references, hommages and easter eggs, but I just don't like it when I see an artist's work copied and presented as something else.

Nice avatar by the way :)
Dec. 12th, 2015 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Agree?
I've never seen the Social Network and never really liked Fight Club (I felt cheated with the ending) so that explains maybe why I didn't notice what you did. I just don't have that same frame of reference. Robot is predictable but that didn't bother me much because it was kind of telegraphed. I get more upset when there are no hints and then it is just sprung on me at the end.

Thanks about the Avatar. Only 1 week to more Ewoks!

Crossing my fingers. No 1999. No 1999. No 1999.
Dec. 12th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Agree?
I couldn't get into "Mr. Robot" either. I found it to be rather clichéd and predictable. That's disappointing because I was hoping for there to finally be a good show about modern technology. Oh well. Lots of other good shows! :)
Dec. 12th, 2015 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Agree?
Ditto, didn't do it for me either.

Edited at 2015-12-12 09:24 pm (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2015 04:41 am (UTC)
Mr. Robot.
Outlander is a great show. Season 1 was much better than the novel in my opinion and that is a rarity. Mr. Robot was my favorite new show of the year though. It is fantastic. Loved it. I think you would like it as well Mr. Martin.
Dec. 12th, 2015 08:04 am (UTC)
Glad to hear there are now awards for stunt artists. Few films could be made without them. it's amazing to see the lists of stunt performers even in films you wouldn't imagine could need them.

I hadn't realised there was a movie about Dalton Trumbo, though I do have a documentary. Glad to hear it and will be going when it turns up in our cinemas.
Michael Pullmann
Dec. 12th, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
I am told that The Martian was submitted in that category because the producers thought it had a better shot of winning there. Grains of salt and all that.
Thomas Evans
Dec. 12th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Actress in a Drama Series
I don't know if you have ever watched Penny Dreadful, but I must say that Eva Green truly does deserve recognition for her performance in that show. Whether you enjoy the show or not (I personally think it is very good) I don't think anybody could deny how strong her acting is. That would be my personal pick for that category!
Dec. 12th, 2015 05:38 pm (UTC)
The lack of nominations for Sam Heughan and Tatiana Maslany is just disgraceful. No other way to put it! The former did an absolutely incredible job in "Outlander" (especially at the end of the season) and deserves recognition for that amazing performance. As the for the latter, well, it's Tatiana Freakin' Maslany. That's pretty much all that needs to be said at this stage! "Orphan Black" itself should be nominated at least once too.

It's really great to see Gina Rodriguez nominated again. Her work on "Jane the Virgin" is definitely praise worthy. Not a show I ever thought I'd like let alone love. But the cast is outstanding and the writing is surprisingly sharp and funny. The show knows exactly what it is (a telenovela that's a spoof of telenovelas without ever being disrespectful) and is fully committed to being one of the most convoluted, amusing stories on TV. As much as I love dark stories, sometimes it can be a bit much. This one is mostly lightweight and positive. Balances out the many dark shows that I'm watching!

I'm a bit surprised that "Master of None" didn't get nominated. At least Aziz Ansari was, though. The show caught me a bit off guard. I was just expecting a comedy with the usual morally bankrupt characters that are popular these days and instead it delivered a show that's part comedy, part drama, and part essay with a main character that's ultimately a good person.

Edited at 2015-12-12 05:41 pm (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2015 09:17 pm (UTC)
Maslany is an incredible actress (maybe one of the best I've ever seen) and Orphan Black was great but I think it jumped the shark a while back. Her playing a male clone was too much to ask for; she couldn't pull it off. It just came off as ridiculous.
Dec. 12th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
Rooting for Game of Thrones in all the awards this year, you definitely deserve to win. You also deserved it last year, but whatever.
If you don't mind I'm asking (and sorry if it's been asked before), is there still a chance you'll come back to write episodes for seasons 7 and 8? Personally I'd really like that. It's not that I have a problem with the current writing crew. On the contrary, I think the writing on the show is spectacular, and I'm a huge fan of both David and Dan. But It's still your story after all, and I'd still like it very much if you'll write an episode for the show every now and then, and you'll have a big active part in it. I know you are always behind the curtains and with endless discussions with David and Dan, but writing an actual episode is much more... intimate. Also, I understand you must be very busy with writing The Winds of Winter, but is there still hope we might see another GRRM episode on HBO?

By the way, I'm a huge fan. Game of Thrones is my favorite show :) Mad respect for coming up with the greatest story ever told on television
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
Jessica Jones
I just finished watching the whole Jessica Jones first season in three sittings. Unbelievable writing. It deserved to be nominated for best show, probably deserved to win. Jessica Jones was told ridiculously well, and approached the same level of TV quality as The Wire, BSG, and Deadwood.
Dec. 21st, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Jessica Jones
I need to catch that one.


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