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Emmy Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of this year's Emmy Awards. And especially to my friends at HBO, which once again led all other networks in number of nominations and number of victories.

It was a great show this year, I thought. Yes, even without GAME OF THRONES. Stephen Colbert made a terrific host. I especially enjoyed his opening number.

A strong lineup of nominees this year gave us some great winners... though, as always, that also means some equally deserving finalists wound up as losers. WESTWORLD especially was robbed, as was STRANGER THINGS. But it IS an honor just to be nominated, and the time will come for both of those shows, as it finally did for GAME OF THRONES. The big winners this year were Hulu's HANDMAID'S TALE (adapted from the novel by Margaret Atwood) and HBO's BIG LITTLE LIES (adapted from the novel by Liane Moriarity). ((Notice the common denominator there? BOOKS! Do a faithful adapatation of a great book, and you can't go wrong)). I was also pleased to see BLACK MIRROR get some love, especially for its brilliant "San Junipero" episode.

GAME OF THRONES, of course, was not eligible this year, having shifted from April to August. Which meant that, for the first time in seven years, I was not actually at the awards in LA. Instead Parris and I watched from home. It felt kind of strange not to be there, truth be told. Not bad, just strange. It was actually sort of relaxing. The Emmy weekend can be very exciting, but it is also exhausting, even the parties... the heat, the crowds, the noise. The red carpet seems to get longer (and hotter) every year. Maybe that's an ordeal that should be left for the younger and more photogenic members of our television community.

Will I be back next year, or the year after, or the year after that? Time will tell. Emmy is a fickle goddess who bestows her kisses where she will. But either way, I'm good.

((Comments on the Emmys welcome. Off topic comments will be deleted)).


Tanmay Kulkarni
Sep. 20th, 2017 04:20 pm (UTC)
Happy nameday
Sorry off topic, just wanted to wish you a happy nameday :) may there be many more! 😘
Sep. 20th, 2017 04:48 pm (UTC)
No worries George
"The red carpet seems to get longer (and hotter) every year."

Didn't think to pick up one of those red ruby chokers at the pre-party? Those work wonders - I saw Riz Khan palm one off to Bill Skarsgard. :-)
Sep. 20th, 2017 04:48 pm (UTC)
I had made a joke with my wife saying that Game of Thrones had been declared hors concours by the Television Academy this year and that's why they hadn't been nominated (then again, it took her 1 minute googling to see that it was because of the premiere date changing...)
I like to watch the Emmy (and Oscar) ceremonies because it gives me the chance of hearing about high quality shows/movies that I didn't hear about and have the opportunity to see what they are about (for instance, we just started watching The Handmaid's Tale because of the Emmy).
Sep. 20th, 2017 04:53 pm (UTC)
My only exposure to "This is Us" is when I catch a glimpse while my wife is watching, so maybe Sterling K. Brown did deserve it, but if so that must have been one hell of a performance by him to outdo Anthony Hopkins in Westworld, I thought he was a total shoo in.

The Emmys seem to me to be a bit more anchored to mainstream popularity than say, the Oscars, which is why I think it took so long for GoT to get more than just nominations (in best drama category, Peter Dinklage deservedly won in S1). As Thrones became the cultural phenomenon that it is now, they got the recognition. In this way I think Westworld just didn't have that full grip yet, and that's why it came home empty handed. Like you said, always next year!

Edited at 2017-09-20 04:54 pm (UTC)
Kiara Kennedy
Sep. 20th, 2017 04:54 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Happy Name Day, Mr. Martin!
Sep. 20th, 2017 05:16 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to next year!
A great show no doubt, and A HANDMAID’S TALE, a fantastic show.  Yet again exhibiting the brilliance and artistry in writing (i.e. novels). Looking forward to next year’s Emmy’s! As I am sure GAME OF THRONES will not leave empty handed. We hope to see you at more Emmy’s in the years to come. Happy Name Day Mr. Martin, and thank you for the continuing art you share with us. Cheers!
Sep. 20th, 2017 05:19 pm (UTC)
Though I am pleased with the number of Emmys that Game of Thrones has picked up over the years, I would be very sad if the show came to an end without Lena Headey being recognised for Best Supporting Actress. While it is an honour just to be nominated, if Maggie Smith can win 3 for Downton Abbey then I think we can let Cersei have one, right?

Still 2 years left to make it happen, Emmy voters :)
Sep. 20th, 2017 05:45 pm (UTC)
Problem is, Lena ends up competing with Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams, so the THRONES vote gets split. And truth be told, Gwendoline Christie, Natalie Dormer, and Sophie Turner have all turned in Emmy-quality work as well.

Over on the make side, Peter Dinklage has taken home both Emmys and Golden Globes, but it would be great to see some recognition for Kit Harrington, Conleth Hill, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and some of our other stalwarts as well. (Too late for Charles Dance and Sean Bean, but boy, both of them were terrific).
Erin Underwood
Sep. 20th, 2017 05:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I think anyone going up again Maisie should think twice, even Lena because we all know what happens to folks who get in Arya's way. You don't see her coming and then it's too late....Let's all toast to Masie/Arya! ;-)

But truly the GOH series has got the BEST cast of female characters and actresses on television today... or in the past. They truly area all wonderful.

Also, thank you for posting the Emmy's opener. That was so much fun to watch!
Sep. 20th, 2017 09:52 pm (UTC)
I was very disappointed Charles Dance never received an Emmy for playing Tywin. The last time I read the books from start to finish was between Season 2 and 3. During the scene in which Tyrion asks Tywin to recognize him as heir to Casterly Rock and receives nothing but caustic abuse in return, I found I couldn't read Tywin's dialogue without hearing Charles Dance in my head. And, of course, when that speech was actually filmed, he handled it masterfully.

Charles Dance simply is Tywin to me, now, in a way that isn't necessarily the case for many of the other actors/actresses and the characters they portray.
Shane King
Sep. 21st, 2017 07:56 pm (UTC)
I'm with you guys all the way. I still think Jack Gleeson deserved an Emmy. He did a phenomenal job. He really transformed himself for that role. I saw his speech at the Oxford Union and couldn't believe this was the same guy.
Sep. 20th, 2017 05:30 pm (UTC)
Personally, I like that routine with Sean Spicer. It took guts and a good sense of humor to show up.

By the by, Happy Birthday! May this next year of life bring wonderful things.
Sep. 20th, 2017 05:32 pm (UTC)
I was particularly happy about Black Mirror winning two awards, despite being disappointed that Better Call Saul was ignored in its best year yet. Master of None and Atlanta's wins excited me in the comedy categories, but it makes me roll my eyes when Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Veep are awarded another consecutive win (though both are fantastic).
Sep. 20th, 2017 05:42 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, George! I'm sure it's nice to be able to spend a birthday at home for once.

Are there any other TV shows you've watched recently that were underrepresented at (or missing all together from) the Emmy Awards?
Βαγγέλης Ντόβας
Sep. 20th, 2017 07:07 pm (UTC)
Emmys,birthday and drinks
I was really disappointed with this year's Emmys...I think that WESTWORLD could have won best dramatic and many more awards...We will wait as you wisely said...Moreover Kevin Spacey was terrific in season five...I am sad he did't won...

Also Happy Birthday from Greece ..I really wanted to wish you and especially thank you for teaching me so many things through your books...I hope we will meet a day here in Greece, catch a drink and talk about your's books and propably mine...(If I publish the stories I have in my head...)

Edited at 2017-09-20 07:51 pm (UTC)
Sep. 20th, 2017 07:28 pm (UTC)
I was so rooting for Westworld and Evan Rachel Wood to win such a shame. Brilliant series and really amazing western homage as the stories in the larger story.
Kavan Barry
Sep. 20th, 2017 08:18 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday
I wish you the greatest of namedays, Mr. Martin! Sincerely hope you have a great day.

On a side note, are you aware whether or not Game of Thrones Season 7 will be eligible for the 2018 Emmy awards? Thanks.
Sep. 20th, 2017 11:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday
Yes, it will be eligible.
Sep. 20th, 2017 08:35 pm (UTC)
San Junipero
An intellectual part of me didn't think San Junipero was in the upper echelon of Black Mirror episodes, not least because I sussed out what was going on in the first couple minutes (having read/heard nothing about it), and yet the fact remains that I wept openly in its closing minutes, so I have to cop to its emotional power. Even if I felt cheap and used.

I watch almost no TV by most people's standards, but for me Black Mirror exemplifies what great TV could be. Most "prestige television" is just glorified soap opera that fails as story-telling because of the open-ended nature of the big arc/series-spanning story. Having just wasted 55 hours on Boardwalk Empire, I'm pretty much vowing off anything that purports to be mostly about an overarching story that doesn't know how long and isn't writing to tell that story from Day 1.

GOT should, therefore be right up my alley, since it's rooted in books that were written from the start as a self-contained drama saturated by foreshadowing, but I was essentially done with it during season 2 and wholly done by season 3, as I think your showrunners interpret your books through the soap operatic lens I despise. Reading summaries of what's happened subsequently strengthens that impression. Of course, I suspect this is because they're (unwittingly?) doing ASOIAF: The Red Herrings, and that will ultimately be your greatest coup and legacy. But maybe I'm just another wine-sodden taleteller.
Eyoel Berhane
Sep. 20th, 2017 09:53 pm (UTC)
Better Awards!
Happy Birthday George, yeah certainly Stranger Things should have gotten more nominations, certainly a win at least. But glad more diverse writing and TV genres were recognized than last year, and that time was already great then.

At least you can get yourself focused on your writing and other events!
Sep. 20th, 2017 11:50 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday George!
William Gicking
Sep. 21st, 2017 12:13 am (UTC)
Glad big little lies won big, that was a great show. Thought Ewan McGregor should have won as well but all the winners were deserving.

Also super glad John Oliver won, that show is amazing and is needed so bad in this day and age.

Also happy birthday George, if I had your address id send you a card with a bunch of scantily clad girls in it...I guess you could say...it'd be...a Wild Card heyoooooooooo

Ok I'll see myself out
Sep. 21st, 2017 12:15 am (UTC)
I'm pondering your point that you can't go wrong with a faithful book adaptation, and I'm not sure that I agree. Perhaps it depends on which way you look at it - more often than not I'm disappointed in a TV adaptation of a book, but that's from the point of view of a reader not a viewer as an adaptation can never hope to portray all the depth a book has room for. The viewer's point of view, however, is a different story. And TV tends to do a much better job than a movie too just because there's so much more space.

of course, there is such a thing as being *too* faithful. I understood Stephen King's motivation in making an adaptation of The Shining far more faithful to the book than the Kubrick movie was, and was excited to see it, but to my surprise I greatly preferred the movie. It certainly answered writers' plaintive question "Why do they CHANGE THINGS?"
Sep. 21st, 2017 03:33 am (UTC)
It was nice of you guys to take a year off and give everyone else a chance :p
Sep. 21st, 2017 05:00 am (UTC)
That opening was great wasn't it!
I've been a member of the Colbert Nation since day 1.
This bit was hilarious also, especially for us Westworld fans.

Oh and Happy (slightly belated) birthday GRReat Maker!

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Sep. 21st, 2017 09:11 am (UTC)
Emmy for Alfie
Hey George,

Alfie Allen is killing it with Reek/Theon.
I think he deserves an Emmy for how he is able to express so much, even in a scene with no dialogue.

What do you think of Alfie's acting compared to your version of Reek/Theon in your head and the Emmy of course?




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