Game of Thrones 2018 Emmy Nomination Hopes, Dreams, and Predictions!

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Can you smell that? It’s my favorite time of year! The Emmy nominations are almost upon us and I already smell the sweet scent of all those hopeful candidates for nominee having their hopes and dreams crushed as their names are not called on nomination day. Such is the case when we have approximately four billion, seven hundred, and two shows debuting every day in the Golden Age of TV. But hope is not lost for all shows! It just so happens that Game of Thrones is the biggest show on the planet, and love it or hate it (if you hate it, why are you reading this?), but it has a pretttttty good track record when it comes to nominees. For seasons 1-6, it has amassed a whopping 106 Emmy nominations and 38 wins, but due to the season 7 delay, it has now been two years since anyone GOT-related has heard their name read as an Emmy nominee! For a show with a 35.849% win record (yes, I did the math), that is a loooong time to wait to see if you can do it again.

How will the Emmy nominations shake out this year, come nomination day on July 12th? As one of the resident TV-watchers here at Watchers on the Wall, I thought it would be fun to take a look!

I watch a lot of TV. I mean, a LOT of TV. While I obviously can’t watch everything, I certainly do my best. Therefore, while you will notice my picks will be sure to include lots of Game of Thrones (obviously), all my suggested nominees will only be from shows I actually watch, as there is nothing more I dislike about the Emmys than nominations being handed out due to simple name recognition as opposed to well-earned nominees who might not be a household name. Anyway, I’m running out of time because I have more TV to watch, so let’s get to it! Below are my predictions for some of the categories in which Game of Thrones can possibly be nominated, along with my personally favored nominees.

Outstanding Drama Series

My best guess on the actual nominees:

Killing Eve (BBC America)
The Americans (FX)
Game of Thrones 
(HBO)
Westworld (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Ozark (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)

If I were the sole decider on nominees:

Game of Thrones (HBO)
Westworld (HBO)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Altered Carbon (Netflix)
The Crown (Netflix)
Marvel’s The Punisher (Netflix)
Counterpart (Starz)
– Honorary Nominee: Outlander (Starz)

We are so lucky to be living in the Golden Age of TV. It’s a tough one, here. I’ve heard Killing Eve is spectacular and everyone on the Internet is talking about it, so I’m hedging my bets that it will get some recognition and catch everyone by surprise, as will Ozark come nomination morning. I have yet to see either, though, so for my picks, I’ve got to stick with what I know. Creating a seven episode season of Game of Thrones full of not one, not two, but three massive battle sequences wasn’t always perfect, but it was more ambitious than just about any other show on TV. To not be recognized for that would be a sin. I was also surprised by how incredible I found Marvel’s The Punisher to be, and heartily recommend it to all. Westworld and The Crown turned out predictably incredible sophomore seasons, while Altered Carbon stole my heart (where is that season 2 announcement?!) even though it may not have stolen yours, if you believe its critics. And Counterpart came out of absolutely nowhere and continued Starz’ silent streak of excellence (see: Outlander and [formerly] Spartacus).

Jon Snow Dragonpit

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

My best guess on the actual nominees:

Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us)
Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)
Donald Sutherland (Trust)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

If I were the sole decider on nominees:

Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
JK Simmons (Counterpart)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Donald Sutherland (Trust)
             – Honorary Nominee: Chip Esten* (Nashville)

*He wasn’t even submitted for consideration, but he’s so good.

Kit Harington is finally submitted as a lead actor, and given how far his acting has come since the pilot, I truly think he is worthy of recognition. Will Emmy voters follow him from their recent nominee of his for supporting actor? Time will tell. Matthew Rhys has turned his portrayal of Philip Jennings on The Americans into such a tour-de-force of acting that he NEEDS to get this last nomination, and perhaps even the win. I’ve heard a lot more chatter about Jeffrey Wright this year over Ed Harris, and much of that is likely historical (he was nominated last year and the voters love their repeat favorites). But with both submitted as lead actor this year, I think they are both fantastic and would nominate each of them. I don’t watch This is Us so I can’t comment, but I’m very confident that both Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown will be nominated. JK Simmons’ stellar work on Counterpart and Donald Sutherland’s magnificent work on Trust was no surprise to fans of theirs, but deserving of recognition no less. As unlikely as it is to happen, it would be hilarious if Kiefer Sutherland were nominated for Designated Survivor and that he and his father could compete against each other. For funsies, I also threw in Chip Esten in because while Nashville isn’t exactly Shakespeare, he has churned out a harrowing performance, especially as he made the transition to leading man these last few years.

Daenerys landing in Dragonstone

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

My best guess on the actual nominees:

Keri Russell (The Americans)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
Mandy Moore (This is Us)

If I were the sole decider on nominees:

Martha Higareda (Altered Carbon)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)

Similarly to Kit, Emilia Clarke has come so far since the pilot. Each of them went from virtual unknowns to worldwide phenomenons, and this is due in no small part to their acting. Emilia’s ability to go from sweet and innocent to punishing and steadfast leader in the blink of an eye shouldn’t go unnoticed from Emmy voters. Claire Foy, Keri Russell, and Elisabeth Moss were all nominated last year, and I fully expect them to be so nominated this year again, most deservedly. A very small part of me wants Claire Foy to win, since, because of The Crown recasting Queen Elizabeth to Olivia Coleman (!!!), this is Foy’s last chance to win for her nearly impeccable portrayal of the UK’s reigning monarch. Caitriona always elevates Outlander, but in the soul-crushing third season, her work stood out even more. And Martha Higareda will never be nominated, but she was fantastic in Altered Carbon, and hey, a man can dream, right?

Jaime

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

My best guess on the actual nominees:

Noah Emmerich (The Americans)
Matt Smith (The Crown)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
David Harbour (Stranger Things)

If I were the sole decider on nominees:

Noah Emmerich (The Americans)
Matt Smith (The Crown)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
Brendan Fraser (Trust)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead)

I was very surprised to find Nikolaj Coster-Waldau‘s name all over the many Emmy prediction articles I read – but hey, I’m not complaining! While most agree that season three was the season he truly earned a nomination, that never came, nor did it for the following three years. It’s high time that he lived up to the Lannister name and nabbed a nomination just like his sister and brother before him! Noah Emmerich and Matt Smith are so excellent in The Americans and The Crown, and this will be their last eligible year; I’m banking on the voters agreeing. Jeffrey Dean Morgan certainly won’t be nominated, but I love a good bad guy portrayal when I see one (see: my many years lamenting Iwan Rheon’s lack of award recognition). And lastly, the one that is nearest and dearest to my heart: Defender of the innocent, protector of the weak, and all around good guy George of the Jungle Brendan Fraser. I am not lying to you when I say that Brendan has been my favorite actor since I was 7. He’s on a #careercomeback and I hope, even pray that he will be nominated for the indelible mark he made on Trust, a show he elevated from OK to very good.

Cersei Eastwatch seated

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

My best guess on the actual nominees:

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)

If I were the sole decider on nominees:

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones)
Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)
– Honorary Nominee(s): Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)

This category is so stacked it isn’t fair. So many apologies to Maisie Williams, who was nominated last year. Lena Headey has been so good for so many years that it’s embarrassing that she hasn’t won yet. And truth be told, I only subbed Maisie for Sophie Turner out of fairness, so that they could each have a shot. In reality, they are both fantastic and I want them both to be nominated and to win. Just like in season 7, it’s better when they work together – no need to compete! Sigh. The Handmaid’s Tale has not made this category easy for many other actresses with its wealth of spoils. Yvonne Strahovski absolutely killed it in her second outing for The Handmaid’s Tale, as did Alexis Bledel, who took on a larger role this season with aplomb. Thandie Newton’s Maeve is rightfully a fan favorite for Westworld and she had some very meaty storylines in season 2, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she is nominated and runs away with the category. Vanessa Kirby also took on a larger category for season 2 of The Crown, and invited everyone to see a little more of Princess Margaret this time around.

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Other categories for which HBO submitted Game of Thrones:

  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

I assume Diana Rigg will be nominated, and I hope her final scenes, both with Emilia and Nikolaj will finally give her the win she has so long deserved.

  • Outstanding Director for a Drama Series:

703 – The Queen’s Justice – Mark Mylod
704 – The Spoils of War – Matt Shakman
706 – Beyond the Wall – Alan Taylor
707 – The Dragon and the Wolf – Jeremy Podeswa

Tough call here, but if I were forced to pick only one of them to be nominated, I would lean towards Matt Shakman for the improbable job he did sending dragons into battle.

  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series – Nina Gold
  • Outstanding Production design
    – 701 – Dragonstone – (Deborah Riley) submitted
  • Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes
    – 706 – Beyond the Wall – (Michele Clapton) submitted
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series

The description of why Game of Thrones was submitted for hairstyling is interesting:

Technical Description Sculpting materials used freehand with art work and blood products to create open wounds and bruises. Contact lenses, old age stipple, tooth decay, broken veins and dirty down techniques used to create dead, decayed weathered and wounded effects. Collodion and scar making material for aged scars. Laidon hair, partial and full hair-lace beards and moustaches. Petroleum wax and snow effects used to recreate freezing conditions.

Among those nominated would be:

Jane Walker, Department Head Makeup Artist
Kay Bilk, Makeup Artist
Marianna Kyriacou, Makeup Artist
Pamela Smyth, Makeup Artist
Kate Thompson, Makeup Artist
Nicola Matthews, Makeup Artist

  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series

Among those submitted are:

703 – The Queen’s Justice – Jesse Parker, Editor
704 – The Spoils of War – Katie Weiland, ACE, Editor
706 – Beyond the Wall – Tim Porter, ACE, Editor
707 – The Dragon and the Wolf – Crispin Green, Editor

  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
    – 704 – The Spoils of War
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
    – 706 – Beyond the Wall
  • Outstanding Special Effects
    – 706 – Beyond the Wall
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie
    – Season 7
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
    – 707 – The Dragon and the Wolf – David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

I think because of Game of Thrones‘ enduring popularity, it will have little trouble securing the writing nomination. However, I think David and Dan face an uphill climb when faced with the prospective competition. The Americans‘ series finale is likely to claim a spot, and unless my betting odds are terrible, I foresee it destroying the other competition for the parking lot scene alone (no spoilers, in case some of you haven’t seen yet). It’s very hard to predict which episodes of which shows will be nominated because there are SO MANY OPTIONS but time will tell, I guess! It’d be nice if GOT won for Outstanding Writing for the third season in a row!

What are your ideal Emmy nominations? How wrong were my guesses? How terrible are my favorite selections? Sound off in the comments below!

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    1. Lena Headey might actually have a shot at winning this year. Vote splitting is a given if three actresses from the Handmaid’s Tale are nommed… it’s why Ben Mendelson won over Peter and Kit during the 2016 Emmys.

      On an unrelated note, I think the Americans is going to pull a Friday Night Lights and win Best Actor and Best Writing for its last season. Best Actress and Drama Series will likely go to the Handmaid’s Tale, though.

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    2. clouddragon94,

      Though it doesn’t always matter, depending on how even the split is. Ann Dowd won last year despite Samira Wiley also being nominated.

      If there were multiple GOT and Handmaid’s Tale nominees, you’d think that would most benefit actresses from other shows.

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    3. All I’ve wanted is to see Nikolaj nominated, and since they’ve made best/supporting categories (finally), he has a chance.

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    4. Westworld and The Crown turned out predictably incredible sophomore seasons

      Hmm, those aren’t the words I’d have chosen for either. I thought they both took a fairly large step down, as I felt for Stranger Things as well. However, considering the options (competition) I do imagine all three will be nominated.

      To be honest, without bias I find it difficult to say either Maisie or Sophie should be nominated for S7 mainly because of the material. I personally think actors should earn nominations by nailing a more challenging role, such as Maisie’s S6. While in my opinion I did feel Sophie performed her best so far on the show it was also a rather easy part for the season that didn’t require much range that would make a performance “special” or stand out.

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    5. Clob: Hmm, those aren’t the words I’d have chosen for either.I thought they both took a fairly large step down, as I felt for Stranger Things as well.However, considering the options (competition) I do imagine all three will be nominated.

      To be honest, without bias I find it difficult to say either Maisie or Sophie should be nominated for S7 mainly because of the material.I personally think actors should earn nominations by nailing a more challenging role, such as Maisie’s S6.While in my opinion I did feel Sophie performed her best so far on the show it was also a rather easy part for the season that didn’t require much range to make it “special.”

      I thought The Crown season 2 was just as good as the first, and I thought Westworld season 2 was far superior to the first one. The final 3 episodes of season 2 (and episode 4) were the strongest of its entire run, in my (frequently correct) opinion.

      Although my opinions are known to run counter to what pretty much everyone else says so I’ll just sit on my island and be OK with it.

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    6. Clob,

      I thought Stranger Things was about as good, if more familiar (probably inevitable). The Crown was less engaging overall. Westworld completely exhausted any interest I had in it.

      I suspect they’ll all be nominated, though, because this season has largely lacked breakout new dramas.

      Also, I can’t imagine that Millie Bobby Brown won’t be nominated again. She’s the face of that show.

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    7. It will be interesting to see how the nominations pan out this time for GoT. I’ll assume they’ll do just as well as usual in the Creative Arts categories. Like I mentioned a while back on this topic though, I do wonder if the length of time since the season will hinder them in the acting categories.

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    8. Well I remember in the days of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings”, everyone thought the first two films were excellent, but they didn’t garner that many awards, because as I predicted, they treated the films as an ensemble, and the final instalment swept the board for damn near everything. I suspect Game of Thrones may well do the same.

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    9. Damn, the only show other than GoT in this article that I’ve actually watched is Outlander. Apparently I need to watch more tv!

      Seasons 1 and 2 of Outlander were terrific, but season 3 was a disaster. I generally think Caitriona Balfe is an amazing actress, but her character was annoying as hell in season 3.

      Alfie Allen didn’t have much to do in season 7, so I doubt he’ll get any nominations, but I hope one day he will. As has been said so many times here, he deserves the recognition.

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    10. Tryptych,

      GOT has already won Best Drama multiple times, though, and garnered quite a few awards. The only area they’ve come up short at the Emmys is in the acting categories, and I think that’s ultimately more to do with the size of the cast and comparatively limited screentime for most performers.

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    11. Lena Headey would have 2 emmys already if she hadn’t split the vote with Emilia (and in season 6, Maise as well)

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    12. Also, I fully believe both Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke will win for season 8. I am sure it will be full of huge showcase moments for both of them.

      Season 7, they might squeeze in the nominees.

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    13. I’m completely with you (and actually hoping) that The Americans wins at least Best Actor and writing. It was so amazing this year, and I think Keri Russel should win best actress as well. Then again, Lena has turned in such amazing performances year after year, I wouldn’t be sad if she won!

      I’m with you on Chip Esten, too. He is the only reason I’m still watching after they killed off Reyna.

      I think Jeffrey Wright will be the one to beat for Best Actor. His performance this season was astonishing (and I’ve now watched the whole season twice!).

      As much as I luuuuuuuuuuuuuv Killing Eve, and they do like to give that one to a newcomer, I still think GoT should win Best Drama. I’d give reasons, but I’m sure everyone who is reading this agrees!

      And just give GoT all the tech/design awards. All. Of. Them.

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    14. HelloThere:
      Lena Headey would have 2 emmys already if she hadn’t split the vote with Emilia (and in season 6, Maise as well)

      If there’s a stand-out performance it shouldn’t matter. Several times in the past an actor/actress has won the Emmy while being nominated with one or two others from the same show.

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    15. Well done, David. I suspect your predictions are quite accurate. I prefer Matt Shakman for a different reason. His nuanced direction of the emotional and psychological intimacy of Episode 4″s first half was balanced by his bravura direction of its epic second half. I agree with Sean C. that Millie Brown won’t be omitted. I so hope that Lena finally wins that I almost wish neither Stark girl will be able to siphon votes from her. There’s always next year. By the way, when are the Emmy nominations announced?

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    16. Roberta Baratheon:
      I’m completely with you (and actually hoping) that The Americans wins at least Best Actor and writing.It was so amazing this year, and I think Keri Russel should win best actress as well.Then again, Lena has turned in such amazing performances year after year, I wouldn’t be sad if she won!

      Lena Heady and Keri Russell aren’t competing in the same category, so they could both win.

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    17. David Rosenblatt,

      While I still certainly need to start The Crown, I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of Westworld’s sophomore run. I loved season one, but this one blew it out of the water in my opinion (and seems to have many more “rewatchable” episodes). Season one was great while watching it as a whole, but season two just has so many episodes that stand out; as you rightly pointed out, episode four and the final three were just phenomenal and I’d watch them any day of the week (along with episode two; Logan’s introduction to Westworld was amazing). I hope and assume that Kiksuya will get its rightful recognition.

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    18. And truth be told, I only subbed Maisie for Sophie Turner out of fairness, so that they could each have a shot. In reality, they are both fantastic and I want them both to be nominated and to win.

      Neither are going to win over Lena so that’s not even a fair assumption to make. But Maisie has been consistently amazing at such a young age and for so many seasons and her nomination was earned based on her abilities. If you’re going to exclude her this time at least have a better reason than “it’s someone elses turn”. Why don’t you sub out Lena instead? Would that disrespect what she contributed this season? Of course.

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    19. Clob,

      I agree. Standout performances should be judged on the merit.

      I think Lena will have that moment in S8. The Handmaids actresses are just too good right now.

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    20. If any GoT actor deserves the win, it is Lena. Actually astonishing how she hasn’t taken one home yet. Although she’s always been fantastic, I do believe this has been my favorite season of hers.

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    21. I too am surprised (and excited) that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is predicted to receive a nom. I know a lot of viewers feel season 3 was his best arc, but I thought his season 6 material was just as strong, especially his scene with Edmure and his scene with the High Sparrow.

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    22. Jaehaerys: I do believe this has been my favorite season of hers.

      I thought S7 was just too ‘one note’ for her and not containing a lot of material; be smug, do snarl-face and bitch.

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    23. mau:
      It seems that there will be close race between The Handmaid’s Tale and Game of Thrones for the best drama.

      It seems probable since the two have won the last three. I wonder if GoT would have gotten it for the third season in a row had it been eligible for 2017. Again, my pessimism makes me think it less likely for GoT this year because of the year old season.

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    24. I must admit, I’m one of those who felt underwhelmed by Westworld season 2. I find it difficult to really get emotionally attached to the story or any of the characters, despite the show raising some interesting philosophical questions. Well, to each their own..

      I would love to see NCW get a nom this year, and I’m always up for Lena getting the recognition she deserves.

      It will be interesting to see next week, however, if the season 7 delay ends up hurting its chances at the Emmys this year. Hopefully not..

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    25. Young Dragon,

      To: Jaime and NCW fans – Tinfoil speculation from June 29, 2018 WoW article about Royal Mail GoT autographed enlarged character stamps auction. I am likely making something out of nothing. Still, I’ll cover with spoiler coding my 7/6/18, 1:06 am comment about that article’s contents and the eBay product descriptions for those who haven’t read them.

      —————————

      Overtired tinfoil speculation time.

      The eBay item descriptions for the six character stamps (Arya, Jon, Sansa, Tyrion. Dany, and Cersei) say that:

      “The enlargements were signed by the cast while filming the final season of the hit HBO series which will air in 2019.”

      Query: Why no signed Jaime stamp then? Was NCW no longer around while the rest of the cast was filming S8?

      There are ten total character stamps. Understandably, the three actors for the character stamps of long-since departed characters Ned, Tywin and Olenna wouldn’t be on set.

      But a signed Jaime stamp is conspicuously absent from the eBay auction. Hmmmm.
      Edit: Does that mean Jaime bites it in early S8?

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    26. Alfie Allen is one of the best actors on GoT. It’s a shame he hasn’t won any awards.

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    27. Lena and Nikolaj are both outstanding in their roles. I know the story line doesn’t dictate it but for me their performances are worthy of ‘lead actor and actress’ throughout the series.

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    28. I’d love to see Donald Sutherland and Claire Foye win. Nikolaj SHOULD win, but I have my doubts. Brendan Fraser is so good and I am so glad to see him again!!!! I can’t stand The Handmaid’s Tale so I don’t care, but I am guessing The Americans have the edge with being the final year, as is often the case. Kit and Emilia could have a stronger chance in the next round for that same reason.

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    29. Still baffled that Emilia keeps getting nominated. Yeah, she seems like a nice person, but I believe that it’s unwarranted by her acting ability and weakens the much more deserving Lena and Maisie from having a fair shot.

      That said, I haven’t seen a single episode yet of Handmaid’s Tale but would not be at all surprised if Elisabeth Moss walks off with Best Actress. I just saw her as Masha in The Seagull and she completely stole that movie.

      And yes, please, Diana Rigg this time!

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    30. Clob,

      I suspect season 8 will be the unraveling of Cersei, and Lena will be given some amazing material (some seeds were in the finale, especially the amazing scene with Tyrion). I still think shes D&Ds favorite character.

      I think its unfair to judge her season 7 arc without seeing where it ends, because season 7 really is just part 1 of the final stretch.

      Totally unrelated… But… I don’t know how I didn’t think of this sooner, but do u guys think the “third twist” GRRM told D&D is simply the identity of the Valonqar? lol

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    31. Why isn’t Mr. Robot on any of these lists? It’s by far one of the best shows on TV right now, and just had its best season yet…where is the love?

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    32. Re the Crown – that first season was incredible. But while the acting and background was just the same, the story seemed overloaded, and everything really slogged along with the maritial issues of the queen and prince. It will be interesting to ese what happens with the new cast.

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    33. HelloThere,

      Yeah. I saw that. And her last scene became instant classic the moment it aired.

      “Tell Cersei, I want her to know it was me”. No one can beat that lol.

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    34. ash:
      Re the Crown – that first season was incredible. But while the acting and background was just the same, the story seemed overloaded, and everything really slogged along with the maritial issues of the queen and prince. It will be interesting to ese what happens with the new cast.

      I agree. Like later seasons of Downton Abbey, some of the bloom has worn off. I mean they dedicated 2 of 10 episodes to Prince Charles’ schooldays and his father’s sex antics on a naval visit to Asia. Next season we get Edmure himself (Tobias Menzies) as Philip, Helena Bonham Carter as Margaret, and the wonderful Olivia Colman as the Queen. Most Yanks know her only through Broadchurch and The Night Manager, but she’s a fabulous and versatile actress as accomplished in comedy as in drama. She’s also won several Baftas and will probably storm the Emmys.

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    35. David Rosenblatt,

      I agree with you completely on S2 – I had ALOT of love for Westworld (esp on rewatch). As a matter of fact, I’m worried that both Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Mewton are going to run away with it. They both were pretty fabulous. Also, Donald Sutherland was a step up from most of the nominees (doesn’t he have an Oscar?J and agree with your assessment of B Fraser. Really – the only one I expect to win from GoT is Dame Rigg.

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    36. Even mentioning Sophie Turner and Emmy nomination for acting in relation to each other removes all credibility… Unless done in jest of course… Sophie has never shown the range or dynamism to even be considered. She has improved as an actor but not enough to lift the bland writing her character has gotten throughout the series.

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    37. Stark Raven’ Rad,

      Oh don’t get me started on Downton Abbey. First two seasons had me hooked, the third, ok, by the time the killed off the heir I was done. Pity – fine fine actors, incredible period clothing and sets, but there was no relief with that plot. (tho I guess I should have guessed the limites they would go for sensationalism when they showed two of the actresses carrying a body from one bedroom to his own…)

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    38. Stark Raven’ Rad: the wonderful Olivia Colman as the Queen.Most Yanks know her only through Broadchurch and The Night Manager, but she’s a fabulous and versatile actress as accomplished in comedy as in drama. She’s also won several Baftas and will probably storm the Emmys.

      I absolutely completely love her. ❤

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    39. I have not watched any of these other shows mentioned so I can’t opine on comparatives. That said I realized how true it is when Luka mentioned Emilia’s ability to go from sweet and innocent to punishing and steadfast leader in the blink of an eye. She has improved a great deal as there really are two distinct sides to Danaerys’ personality that we can finally see now that she’s given the circumstances that draw out the vulnerability/softness that lies beneath. And with Kit I believe he deserved a win for S6. He was perfect in the scene of resurrection, hanging of NW members, BOB, even the smaller scenes like with Mel in tent and with Sansa outside.

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    40. Port:
      Why isn’t Mr. Robot on any of these lists? It’s by far one of the best shows on TV right now, and just had its best season yet…where is the love?

      Because it’s bad lol.

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    41. ygritte:
      I have not watched any of these other shows mentioned so I can’t opine on comparatives. That said I realized how true it is when Luka mentioned Emilia’s ability to go from sweet and innocent to punishing and steadfast leader in the blink of an eye. She has improved a great deal as there really are two distinct sides to Danaerys’ personality that we can finally see now that she’s given the circumstances that draw out the vulnerability/softness that lies beneath. And with Kit I believe he deserved a win for S6. He was perfect in the scene of resurrection, hanging of NW members, BOB, even the smaller scenes like with Mel in tent and with Sansa outside.

      Hi, I’m not Luka, but thank you! Lol

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    42. Interesting read but didn’t Westworld season 2 tank? I haven’t watched it yet but all I have heard is criticism. Altered Carbon seems the opposite with those I know raving about it.

      One final question – perhaps a silly one – do the Emmys only cover US TV? I really enjoyed mindhunter from Netflix.

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    43. Firannion:
      Still baffled that Emilia keeps getting nominated. Yeah, she seems like a nice person, but I believe that it’s unwarranted by her acting ability and weakens the much more deserving Lena and Maisie from having a fair shot.

      That said, I haven’t seen a single episode yet of Handmaid’s Tale but would not be at all surprised if Elisabeth Moss walks off with Best Actress. I just saw her as Masha in The Seagull and she completely stole that movie.

      And yes, please, Diana Rigg this time!

      Fully agree here she is a lovely person but the acting prowess is more firmly with Lena who is superb. Same comment for Kit and Nikolai

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    44. Kit Doesn’t deserve to be nominated to be honest, it’s not his fault but his character has had no range and is so one-note that it doesn’t really give him anything to work with most of the time.

      Lena should have won ages ago, i hope she wins this time around but the actors from the Handmaid’s tale are just too strong, especially Yvonne this last season.

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    45. Game of Thrones actors will have a tough job this year. Clarke should consider a nomination victory as the work of Russell, Foy and Moss easily surpass hers, and Academy loves them. Same goes for Harington. I just can’t see them winning this year.

      Coster-Waldau and Turner are also out of their league here. Dinklage and Headey are safer bet, even though Headey will face tough competition this year. Dinklage had several moments in Season 7, but simply Season 7 was not best acting-wise.

      I would be surprised to see anyone winning Best Guest Actress other than Diana Rigg. And her death scene was so incredible that I doubt anyone will resist her. And it’s good for her that Martindale went into Supporting Actress for “The Americans”. Otherwise, it would be a tough fight.

      As for writing, I do hope “The Americans” take this… It would be totally deserved.

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    46. I also agree that The American’s final season is deserving of any nominations and wins it gets. Excellent, well made television!

      Living in the US, I’m mostly familiar with Jodie Comer from The White Princess and now Killing Eve, and the difference in the performances is astonishing. She was mesmerizing as a sociopath!

      I don’t expect Emilia or Kit to win this year (Season 8 MAY be different), or Peter D. Diana Rigg seems the most likely GoT acting winner and while Lena put in yet another stellar performance, that category is stacked. Matt S for S7E4 COULD win, and maybe a writing award. GoT will get quite a few wins overall, thanks to the production, effects, makeup etc. crew. They bring it every week!

      I assume that many voters are looking ahead to Season 8 to cast a lot of win votes in the acting and series categories.

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    47. TVs are on pretty much 24/7 at my place…but I mostly watch reruns of old shows, cartoons, game shows, unscripted stuff, movies…whatever’s on that looks good as I cycle through the 250 channels. xD I haven’t heard anyone say a word about Killing Eve, Ozark, Counterpart, or Altered Carbon, so I don’t know what they’re about. Handmaid’s Tale didn’t look interesting enough for me to borrow my brother’s Hulu password for. Stranger Things was good (I didn’t go crazy over it, but it was cool.) Same with The Crown. Think I caught bits & pieces of Homeland, Westworld, Outlander, This Is Us, Nashville, & The Americans, but didn’t get hooked. Not sure whether I watched some of The Punisher or I’m thinking of other Marvel ones. And I got bored with TWD after the fifth season or so.

      I kinda wish I’d heard something about Trust and Counterpart, because I like Sutherland and Simmons. In fact, it’s neat to see both President Snow and Beetee from The Hunger Games on the list.

      I don’t find Kit or Emilia unworthy, even if they aren’t actually the best actors in the cast. The show has some world-class ones, but alas only the same small handful who play the “mainest” characters are ever considered for these individual awards. Downside of being part of such a gargantuan ensemble. xD I think Kit’s always been pretty perfect, and I know Emilia draws a lot of criticism, but I like her portrayal of Daenerys. Nikolaj, Maisie, Peter, Lena, and I suppose to a lesser extent Sophie would be deserving of the nod. I like Sophie as a person (she’s hilarious), and she’s been improving as an actress, though I still don’t think she’s on quite the same level.

      And of course Diana Rigg–yes, please!! And everybody else listed…absolutely would be so well-earned. Love those four episodes (3rd, 4th, 6th, & 7th) that got the most attention. Think The Queen’s Justice was probably my overall fave.

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    48. I am sorry but some of the shows you listed up there will not even sniff nominations. You have clearly made a bias choice against Better Call Saul and Mr. Robot, two shows that have had great seasons and that will consequently be nominated for multiple awards.

      Stranger Things, Ozark, Killing Eve… what?

      I also doubt Game of Thrones will be nominated for much, let alone win something. Season 7 as a whole was not that great. It had some long-awaited moments, but the writing wasn’t up there, and nobody really shined acting-wise. I guess they will get a nomination for Best Drama, but they will not win it. Lena Headey might get a nomination, but that is about it for acting.

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    49. Shelle: I don’t find Kit or Emilia unworthy, even if they aren’t actually the best actors in the cast.

      In this year’s lineup, they are. Comparing Clarke to the rest of the field, and her acting simply fades in comparison, whether you compare her with Moss’s portrayal of raped woman, Foy’s tour-de-force perfomance as Queen Elizabeth II or Russell’s devastating performance in finale of “The Americans”. She is not bad actress, it is just there are quite a lot of actress who are more worthy of nomination than she is. This year, at least.

      Same goes with Harington. Comparing him to Banks, Rhys or Brown, would be borderline laughable. Not to mention Schreiber, Malek and Wright/Harris and if Academy accepts Simmons and Smith. The golden age of television takes its toll with these things.

      Surely, HBO will push this hard. GoT is a very popular TV show and undoubtedly it will reflect on the nominations. But there are amazing TV products, who are not as popular as GoT, but better in certain aspects, which deserve recognition. And they don’t get even nominated due to sheep mentality of the Academy. That’s why popular darlings such as GoT will always have an edge over less popular TV products.

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    50. Mladen: That’s why popular darlings such as GoT will always have an edge over less popular TV products.

      Yea, no. It has always been the other way around. When it comes to these awards ceremonies, it is always the popular tv shows and movies that have less of an edge over more niche products. The fact that Game of Thrones has won so many awards despite being huge in pop culture, and being easily considered as touching the fantasy genre, makes their success at the Emmys that much more impressive.

      The only reason most actors in the show haven’t won is because, in general, most of them are simply not as good as actors in other shows. There have been a few exceptions, and some GoT actors REALLY shined in certain seasons, but yea.

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    51. I haven’t seen a lot of the other shows mentioned so can’t really judge. I’ve seen a few episodes of Outlander – well acted, but I’m not really a fan of the time travelling genre, though I have a soft spot for Doctor Who. I’d like Lena Headey to win her category but she’s had so many nominations over the years and never achieved anything so I don’t really expect her to win. I’ll be pleased if I am wrong. I wouldn’t be surprised if GoT wins in some of the technical categories, unless the powers that be decide that the show has won too many of these in the past.

      I’m sure Claire Foy turns in a sterling performance in The Crown but living in the UK I get enough of the British royal family anyway, I don’t want to see anything extra about them. I will ‘fess up I did watch highlights of Meghan and Harry getting hitched though.

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    52. Out of interest was Charles Dance ever nominated for anything during his time with the show? I can’t remember. He is an actor with presence (in my opinion at least).

      Off-topic the son of a lady I know is getting married soon and his bride comes from County Armagh. They are getting married at Belfast Castle (I know said castle doesn’t feature in GoT) but I imagine it is a cool location to get married.

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    53. Zalos: Yea, no. It has always been the other way around. When it comes to these awards ceremonies, it is always the popular tv shows and movies that have less of an edge over more niche products. The fact that Game of Thrones has won so many awards despite being huge in pop culture, and being easily considered as touching the fantasy genre, makes their success at the Emmys that much more impressive.

      When was the last time some obscure show won an Emmy? Handmaid’s Tale won the last year and it is not THAT unknown. Game of thrones won 2 years in the row before that. Then we have Breaking Bad (2 awards), Homeland (1) and Mad Men(4 awards). Lost, The Sopranos and 24 all won once and before that we had winners like The West Wing and The Practice. These are all the TV show that even people here in Serbia have heard about and watched. Yes, Game of thrones IS the most popular show in the bunch, but it is not like these other winners are some unknown dramas. When I speak of “This is Us” or “The Crown” or “The Americans”, no one (in my country) knows what I speak about. Also, Emmy voting system is now designed that more popular TV shows do have an edge.

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    54. Stranger things is massive to be fair, could certainly see that being in the running ahead of something like Better Call Saul.

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    55. Mr Derp,

      I tried to watch Outlander last year as a co-worker recommended it. Only got through the first season I think. I found the female lead annoying almost straight away lol. I stopped watching when I went forward a little to get a preview of the next season and saw the jail cell scenes and it just didn’t sit right with me. For one thing more and more these days I find torture scenes hard to stomach. At least on GOT rewatches I know when they are coming and look away lol.

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    56. Mladen: In this year’s lineup, they are. Comparing Clarke to the rest of the field, and her acting simply fades in comparison, whether you compare her with Moss’s portrayal of raped woman, Foy’s tour-de-force perfomance as Queen Elizabeth II or Russell’s devastating performance in finale of “The Americans”. She is not bad actress, it is just there are quite a lot of actress who are more worthy of nomination than she is. This year, at least.

      Same goes with Harington. Comparing him to Banks, Rhys or Brown, would be borderline laughable. Not to mention Schreiber, Malek and Wright/Harris and if Academy accepts Simmons and Smith. The golden age of television takes its toll with these things.

      Well, I don’t suppose I can comment on most of the others, not having watched them–or anyway, apparently not the parts that would’ve earned them this praise and potential nomination.
      Honestly, as I said, outside of GoT I never would’ve applied the phrase “golden age,” but…

      Yea, no. It has always been the other way around. When it comes to these awards ceremonies, it is always the popular tv shows and movies that have less of an edge over more niche products. The fact that Game of Thrones has won so many awards despite being huge in pop culture, and being easily considered as touching the fantasy genre, makes their success at the Emmys that much more impressive.

      Agree.

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    57. Shelle: Well, I don’t suppose I can comment on most of the others, not having watched them–or anyway, apparently not the parts that would’ve earned them this praise and potential nomination.
      Honestly, as I said, outside of GoT I never would’ve applied the phrase “golden age,” but…

      Well, it all depends on what you have watched. Emmy winners are generally well-known shows and in the past 20 years, there hasn’t been a single winner of Best Drama category that didn’t become a thing worldwide. Not, of course, on the scale of GoT, that is for sure, but all of them were popular across the globe.

      As for golden age, I am sorry but it does apply. Game of Thrones is not the only expensive TV show. The shows are incredibly expensive to produce. “Westworld”, “The Crown” cost around $100M to produce. Shows like “Stranger Things” , “Altered Carbon” and “Sense8” were also north of $50M. The TV has never been better in terms of programming and its variety. And that is just tip of the iceberg. Television shows became very expensive and you can see it. But, you have to see it to know it.

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    58. Zalos:
      I am sorry but some of the shows you listed up there will not even sniff nominations. You have clearly made a bias choice against Better Call Saul and Mr. Robot, two shows that have had great seasons and that will consequently be nominated for multiple awards.

      Stranger Things, Ozark, Killing Eve… what?

      I also doubt Game of Thrones will be nominated for much, let alone win something. Season 7 as a whole was not that great. It had some long-awaited moments, but the writing wasn’t up there, and nobody really shined acting-wise. I guess they will get a nomination for Best Drama, but they will not win it. Lena Headey might get a nomination, but that is about it for acting….The only reason most actors in the show haven’t won is because, in general, most of them are simply not as good as actors in other shows. There have been a few exceptions, and some GoT actors REALLY shined in certain seasons, but yea.

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      Hello Zalos,

      Wow so much to unpack here:

      1. Many of the shows I’ve listed up there WILL ‘sniff’ nominations. You’ll notice I listed a ‘likely to be nominated’ list, based on copious readings and numerous articles tracking Emmy voting. I definitely won’t be 100% right, but I did my best based on the information presented.

      2. The second list was my own personal views. You’ll also notice (but did not read) that I very clearly stated I will not include things on my list if I did not watch them. I stopped watching Mr. Robot during season 2 as I did not care for it. Regardless of my personal opinion:

      A. I didn’t watch season 3 of Mr. Robot and therefore am ineligible to rank it.
      B. It nearly unilaterally fell out favor with the academy last year and is very unlikely to be “consequently be nominated for multiple awards” for season 3 as you so insist.

      2 (continued). I have never seen Better Call Saul. This does not even matter as Better Call Saul season 4 has not yet aired and is not in contention for the 2018 Emmys. If you read more about the shows you loudly project to like, perhaps you can do so more before yelling at me that I am wrong and stupid.

      3. Stranger Things was nominated across several major categories last year and by all means will do so again. I don’t personally agree with the decision (see my preferred list) but it is more than likely to be a highly competitive nominee.

      4. Ozark and Killing Eve are each dark horses and I hedged my bets. They are not out of nowhere. If I hedged my bets on ‘NCIS: NOLA’ that would be foolhardy.

      5. Stating that only Lena Heady and absolutely no one else is to completely disregard the long history of previous nominees from shows being nominated once again, due to historical bias. By saying this, you fail to acknowledge Peter Dinklage’s 6 season nomination streak, or Dame Diana Rigg’s and Emilia Clarke’s multiple nominations over the past however many years.

      6. The Game of Thrones actors aren’t as good as those on other shows? Go watch other shows I guess. I’m sure they have websites devoted to them whose comment boards you can enjoy.

      Have a nice day – please and thank you.

      David

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    59. ygritte:
      Mr Derp,

      I tried to watch Outlander last year as a co-worker recommended it. Only got through the first season I think. I found the female lead annoying almost straight away lol. I stopped watching when I went forward a little to get a preview of the next season and saw the jail cell scenes and it just didn’t sit right with me. For one thing more and more these days I find torture scenes hard to stomach. At least on GOT rewatches I know when they are coming and look away lol.

      Lol, yea Claire is a rather polarizing figure. Some love her to death and some can’t stand her. I like her more when she’s not acting like a know-it-all. She ignorantly thrusts herself into dangerous situations without thinking of the ramifications at times and it can be frustrating as a viewer.

      I completely understand where you’re coming from with the torture scenes. To be honest, I think the torture scenes with reek in GoT are much easier to stomach than the ones towards the end of Outlander season 1. To say the psychological and sexual torture is difficult to watch would be an understatement. Though, Tobias Menzies was superb as Captain Jack Randall.

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    60. Mr Derp: Lol, yea Claire is a rather polarizing figure.Some love her to death and some can’t stand her.I like her more when she’s not acting like a know-it-all.She ignorantly thrusts herself into dangerous situations without thinking of the ramifications at times and it can be frustrating as a viewer.

      I completely understand where you’re coming from with the torture scenes.To be honest, I think the torture scenes with reek in GoT are much easier to stomach than the ones towards the end of Outlander season 1.To say the psychological and sexual torture is difficult to watch would be an understatement.Though, Tobias Menzies was superb as Captain Jack Randall.

      I found Claire much more appealing after they dropped her voiceover narrations of the first few episodes, which gave the story a bodice-ripper-romance tone. Her bad decisions served well to illustrate the culture clash, in my view. And I loved the immersion in rough rural 18th-century Scotland (Parisian high society, not so much).

      But yeah, Jamie’s prison experience is quite revolting, and Menzies was incredible. I think he beats Ramsay Bolton for most horrible TV villain of recent years – partly because his awfulness is a little more human and comprehensible.

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    61. Firannion: And I loved the immersion in rough rural 18th-century Scotland

      I ken what you mean and feel the same way. To me, the show just isn’t as good when they’re not in Scotland. The Scottish Highlands are a character in the show just as important as Jamie and Claire. It makes me a bit nervous moving forward since they’re so far away from Scotland now, but I’ll remain optimistic until proven otherwise.

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    62. David Rosenblatt: 6. The Game of Thrones actors aren’t as good as those on other shows? Go watch other shows I guess. I’m sure they have websites devoted to them whose comment boards you can enjoy.

      While I strongly disagree with the opinion that GoT actors are bad in any legitimate way, materials they have been given in Season 7 wasn’t baity for acting awards as the materials many of their colleagues across the board got. Clarke and Harington became clear lead, and now they are in category with quite the number of “heavy-weights”, and if they don’t get the nomination, I would not call those snubs. It is incredibly competitive year and we have the swan song-narrative for both “The Americans” and casting of “The Crown”.

      It is not that they are bad actors, they ARE NOT. But, this has been such an amazing year for actors and actresses in drama series. The only certain lock for the nomination (and probable win) is Diana Rigg (and her win will be mostly due to overwhelmingly likable Margo Martindale got transferred into Supporting Actress category for Season 6 of “The Americans”).

      At the end of the day, nominations will come out in two days. These are all speculations and each of them could end up being completely misguided.

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    63. Mladen: Well, it all depends on what you have watched. Emmy winners are generally well-known shows and in the past 20 years, there hasn’t been a single winner of Best Drama category that didn’t become a thing worldwide. Not, of course, on the scale of GoT, that is for sure, but all of them were popular across the globe.

      As for golden age, I am sorry but it does apply. Game of Thrones is not the only expensive TV show. The shows are incredibly expensive to produce. “Westworld”, “The Crown” cost around $100M to produce. Shows like “Stranger Things” , “Altered Carbon” and “Sense8” were also north of $50M. The TV has never been better in terms of programming and its variety. And that is just tip of the iceberg. Television shows became very expensive and you can see it. But, you have to see it to know it.

      Oh, that’s absolutely right about the costs…episodes are becoming more like mini-movies.
      Nonetheless, I do usually find myself watching old programs and stuff on other channels. xD So I watch TV all the time, but can still look at a list like this and go, “Umm, what’s that again?” on several. And sometimes I’ll wonder why one particular show is trending.

      But GoT is one thing I haven’t been puzzled about at all since my mom and brother got me watching; the success is well-earned, and it’d be a downright crime if it weren’t as popular as it is. ^-^

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    64. Aegon the Icedragon:
      Even mentioning Sophie Turner and Emmy nomination for acting in relation to each other removes all credibility…Unless done in jest of course…Sophie has never shown the range or dynamism to even be considered.She has improved as an actor but not enough to lift the bland writing her character has gotten throughout the series.

      Yeah..nothing against Sophie, she seems a nice girl, but she has absolute ZERO chance to get a Emmy nomination, because of all actors in the show, she was the one who always acted in a safe mood, never taking risks or having a big stellar performance. She was a little better in season 6, but even that it’s still not enough for a Emmy monimation. Emilia, Kit, Peter, Lena, Maisie, they all had big transformations during the show in all these years and seasons, and they had big moments that helped them to deliver amazing performances. Emilia Clarke (especially on seasons 3, 4, season 6, season 7), Kit Harington (especially on season 4, 5, season 6, season 7), Lena Headey (especially on seasons 4, season 5, season 6), Peter (especially on seasons 1, season 2 and season 4), Maisie (especially on season 6), and etc.

      I’m sure this year will be another great win for Game of Thrones. episode 7×04 will for sure be very strong in the category, ad i’m sure Game of Thrones is at the top on drama series even if the competition is very strong this year!

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    65. ash:
      Stark Raven’ Rad,

      Oh don’t get me started on Downton Abbey.First two seasons had me hooked, the third, ok, by the time the killed off the heir I was done.Pity – fine fine actors, incredible period clothing and sets, but there was no relief with that plot. (tho I guess I should have guessed the limites they would go for sensationalism when they showed two of the actresses carrying a body from one bedroom to his own…)

      I was obsessed with Downton Abbey in the first 03 seasons, then the show was losting the magic, too many actors leaving, too many changes, but the show was at the top of TV quality in the first 03 seasons. Directing, acting, photography. It was a Emmy darling back then.

      These days, i also love The Handmaids Tale. It has iconic acting, and amazing writing. I love Stranger Things and Big Little Lies too. I also recommend all of them.

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    66. The Lannister trio got nominated. Clarke and Harington didn’t make it. Diana Rigg, as expected, got nominated.
      GoT was also nominated for Directing (2 episodes) and Writing, as well as Best Drama.

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