Beating out critical and fan favourites like The Americans, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld, Game of Thrones won Outstanding Drama Series at the 70th Emmy Awards! Peter Dinklage took home the best supporting actor prize for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister.
Game of Thrones already won seven awards at the Creative Arts Emmys last week, including statues for Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup, Outstanding Music Composition, Outstanding Production Design, Outstanding Sound Mixing, Outstanding Special Visual Effects, and Outstanding Stunt Coordination. Altogether, it won nine Emmys this year, meaning the blood-spattered tale of the battle for the Iron Throne now has 47 awards overall!
Game of Thrones led into the 2018 Emmy Awards with 22 nominations, more than any other television series. Despite such impressive recognition, the show was disregarded in the categories of Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series and even Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke ARE the show’s “lead” actor and actress for their portrayals of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. However, neither Harington nor Clarke were nominated, though, leaving Game of Thrones with no nominations in the categories. Wait, what? Since the beginning, I have watched Harington and Clarke mature as actors, arguably delivering their best performances in season 7.
Lena Headey has been nominated in Outstanding Supporting Actress category multiple times, but has yet to win. She was excellent as always in season 7, she deserved a win for once. Headey has had several showstoppers over the last six years – Cersei waiting out the Battle of Blackwater with a handy cup of wine; her reaction to Joffrey’s death; her walk of shame – but she’s been firing on all sides in Season 7 now that her character is the protector of the Seven Kingdoms.
Controversial as it is, “Beyond the Wall” took home quite a few Creative Arts Emmys. I was hoping for “The Dragon and the Wolf” to bag the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series award. Jeremy Podeswa did a terrific job enclosing dozens of characters in that episode. It delivered a batch of parting shots worthy of a season-long build-up, sending this series off into its final offseason as a show worth returning to.
The popular Game of Thrones series was previously nominated for Outstanding Drama for six consecutive years between 2011 and 2016, with wins in 2015 and 2016. While it had to sit out a round in 2017, this year it managed to not only get back in the race, but claim top honours at least one more time before its final season airs in 2019.
Here’s to more awards and recognition Game of Thrones deserves!