Friday, July 26, 2013
The television series Game of Thrones received its most Emmy nominations ever for the recently concluded third season last week. Game of Thrones was nominated 17 times, 5 more than in Season 2 and 4 more than in Season 1. It won 2 Emmy awards for the first season in 2011: for Main Title Design and Peter Dinklage was named the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for playing Tyrion Lannister. In the second season which aired in 2012 the show won 6 Emmy awards, all in the creative categories (and Dinklage was nominated again). The show has been nominated for Outstanding Drama Series every year, losing in 2011 to Mad Men and to Homeland in 2012.
For Season 3, Dinklage was nominated for the third consecutive year but this time there were other members of the cast whose performances were also recognized, the most notable being Emilia Clarke for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for playing Daenerys Targaryen (more commonly known as the Mother of Dragons an Daenerys Stormborn). Also nominated was Dame Dianne Rigg for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for playing Lady Olenna Tyrell (more commonly known as the Queen of Thorns for her acerbic wit). In the Outstanding Drama Series category this year Game of Thrones is facing off against Mad Men, Homeland, Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Downton Abbey in Outstanding Drama Series. It has a pretty good chance, because although Homeland won last year for its first season, its second season was not as good, and reviews for Mad Men have not been kind. Breaking Bad is supposed to be amazing but I have never seen an entire episode. The show with the most buzz is probably House of Cards, which made history as the first show to not be broadcast on television (it is streamed on Netflix) to be nominated for the top Drama award.
The full list of Game of Thrones Season 3's 17 Emmy nominations can be found at Westeros.org.