Welcome back to another year of Watchers on the Wall celebrations for our favorite show! Every year, Game of Thrones fans gather and choose the best of the best from the latest season. That’s right, it’s up to you to decide, and it all starts now!
How does it work? The initial suggestions for nominees in every award category come from you, the fans, and run-off voting determines which top five win the final nomination in their category. The final fives battle it out in each category, readers choose our ultimate season 7 winners, and eventually we announce the winners in a live Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony packed with fun and giveaways!
For a more detailed explanation of the process, jump to the Rules & Process below.
Let’s get to it! The 2017 categories are:
Best Episode: You do NOT need to make any nominations in this category- all seven episodes of season 7 go into the category final!
Your favorite leading performers, the ones who hold up the show and their storylines:
Best Leading Actress
Best Leading Actor
The supporting categories, suitable for regular/recurring Game of Thrones actors who support the leads:
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
It can be tough to decide who is a lead and who is a supporting actor on GoT, since this can vary between seasons and it’s always been a fine line, with such a big cast. We’ll use your votes as our way of deciding, and things like screentime to help, should there be ties.
Next are the guest categories, for the short-term scene-stealers and amazing performers who snag your attention even with a limited amount of screen time. Who qualifies for this? There are TWO QUALIFICATIONS the performer must fit: actors and actresses with credited appearances in 4 episodes or fewer in Season 7, and no more than 15 episodes total for the complete series of GoT. Check the performer’s credits on IMDB if you’re uncertain if they qualify. People nominated for this who don’t qualify will be dropped into the Supporting pool of potential nominations.
Best Guest Actor
Best Guest Actress
For fun this year, we’re adding in a new category:
Best New Costume! Celebrating the incredible costume design work of Game of Thrones, in this category you’ll nominate your favorite new costumes from season 7! (This is one category, not divided by gender.)
Next: our quote categories celebrate the best of the words in season 7, and of course the dialogue’s delivery! These categories are:
All-Around Best Quote: the most brilliant and memorable quotes from Game of Thrones season 7!
Funniest Quote: A funny/clever line of dialogue or short exchange that you find humorous.
Best Speech: what it says on the tin.
We love to award individual awesome scenes throughout the season, not just the Best Episode so we have several types:
Best Visual Effects Scene: Dragonfire, wights, and White Walkers, oh my! So many to choose from, think long and hard. Nominate the scene that you think best demonstrated the show’s legendarily amazing effects. Be specific (not just episode titles or battle names, because battles take up half the episode sometimes)!
Best Death Scene: There is only one god, and his name is Death. On Game of Thrones, anyway. Choose your favorite death scene!
Funniest Scene: An entire scene that tickles your funny bone the most.
Best Dramatic Scene: the scene with the dramatic moments that had you glued to the screen and begging for more. The very best of Game of Thrones.
Action categories can present a little difficulty in categorization! So we have two distinct categories- one for smaller-scale fights and skirmishes, and one for the big episode-consuming battles.
Best Fight: smaller-scale fights, 1 on 1, small groups, etc.
Best Battle: large-scale battles
*Please be specific! But if you’re not sure which category your choice belongs in, nominate the scene you have in mind anyway and we’ll figure it out where it belongs. It’s all in good fun!*
Post your list of nominees in comments below, with the categories/nominees clearly labeled. You’re permitted to submit more than one nominee per category in this initial submission process. Go on and have fun, and have your choices in by next Thursday, October 5th, at 12PM Eastern Time!
For our newer readers, here is the complete run-down. #1 is especially important as it pertains to the nominating starting today!
The Rules & Process
Phase 1- Initial Gathering of Nominees: Please submit your nominees ONLY in the Comments section below. Please make your nominations with the categories they’re for clearly labeled in Comments.
You may use more than one post, as many as you need, or if you decide to add more nominations at a later time, that’s fine. You can also nominate more than one performer or scene for an award in this initial submission-gathering process!
*People have very different opinions on whether an actor is supporting or lead, so it’s important to label your nominations carefully! Ultimately, a performer can win a best actor/supporting nomination in only one category, and it will be in the one in which they gained the most votes. Using the submission ballots, storylines and season 7 screen time as a guide, the determination of placing a performer into lead versus supporting will ultimately be at WotW’s discretion.*
Phase 2- First round Preliminary Poll: After everyone has posted their nomination submissions, the pool of info will be sorted into categories by the WotW staff and volunteer community members. Each category will then have a run-off poll. The top five vote-getters in each category win the nominations.
There may be some categories where they aren’t five noms to begin with. They’ll skip this round and go right to phase 3!
Phase 3- Final Round Voting: A second round of polls will determine the winner of each finalized category.
The winners of the Watchers on the Wall Awards will be announced on one night, on a date to be determined in the near future.
Greatjon of Slumber is helping out with the vote sorting and polls, so we’d like to give him a huge thanks!
We’ll keep these comments open until Thursday, October 5th, at 12PM Eastern Time to accept initial nominations. We’ll count up and sort the votes, and soon after that, we’ll start the preliminary voting polls.
Put your thinking helms on and get to nominating!