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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.


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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!

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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.
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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.

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