Game of Thrones grabs Golden Globes nomination for Best Drama Series!

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Nominations for the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards were announced this morning, and wouldn’t you know it – Game of Thrones is on the list! It has been nominated for Best Television Series – Drama for the fourth time, although it has yet to bring home a win in this category. Award season is looking good for our favorite fantasy show so far, with Game of Thrones already having secured Best Drama nominations from the Writers Guild of America and The Critic’s Choice Awards.

Game of Thrones faces some tough competition, as it goes up against The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This Is Us, and The Crown. The Handmaid’s Tale is a particularly strong competitor, as the show garnered an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series earlier this year. The Crown is another likely threat, as it looks to repeat its 2017 Golden Globe win over Game of Thrones. Check out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s press release for the full list of nominees.

Although we reported last month that HBO submitted Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington for consideration in the lead acting categories, neither made the cut. Game of Thrones has only ever received two Globes nominations for acting, and both were in the Supporting category: Peter Dinklage in 2012 (the eventual winner) and Lena Headey in 2017 (who lost to Olivia Colman for The Night Manager). Dinklage’s win was the first and only Golden Globe Award for the series, but perhaps they’ll have better luck this time around!

The Game of Thrones nod also helped push HBO to the top of the Golden Globes nominations list according to The Wrap – giving it 12 in total. This isn’t much of a surprise given HBO’s domination of the Emmys earlier this year. Perhaps we’ll see the network repeat its success and snag the most trophies here as well.

The 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards ceremony will air on January 7, 2018 on NBC.

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    1. Although GoT’s portrayal of many, many strong women in leading roles would be a plus this year, I think “Handmaid” has the advantage in the current moment, in that it shows powerless, victimized women. Sure, these ratings are meant to be “objective” and somehow timeless, but the judges are, after all, people, and people are affected by news and the opinion climate at the moment they make decisions. GoT may be viewed as some kind of idealistic fantasy, whereas in Hollywood and the media, Handmaid is closer to reality.

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    2. Having seen all of these series bar ‘this is us’ I have a feeling GoT won’t manage to win this year. It’s still my favourite show and I love catching up on everything about it on here but I don’t think this series was just quite strong enough to win.
      The last series is probably when they’ll have a good chance, similar to Downton Abbey etc a few years back.

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    3. Yeah, GoT has a good chance of cleaning up in its final season. This year, The Handmaid’s Tale is going to clean everyone else’s clocks, I think. It’s timely.

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    4. Yeah, I don’t expect GoT to win this. While it shouldn’t be a factor and probably/perhaps isn’t much of one if any, it just doesn’t feel like “cold shows” have as good of a chance. My meaning with that is a show that finished airing long before nominations and voting (which is typical with GoT for the Globes). This will be even more on my mind for the 2018 Emmy’s that will be considering GoT S7, which will have completed nearly a full year prior to nominations. Previous seasons finished airing very close to the nomination period and there was still a lot of buzz. If it garners far fewer nominations then usual the detractors of the show will most likely be quick to claim it on quality. I personally will blame the timing in judging an ‘old’ season against more fresh offerings…

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    5. It also seems like the Golden Globes have never been particularly kind to GoT (compared to the Emmys). I agree – think the Handsmaids Tale will clean up this year, both because it is quite good and because it is so topical.

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    6. At the risk of saying something unpopular…I don’t think Kit Harington or Emilia Clarke deserved to be nominated anyway. They didn’t have poor seasons by any stretch, but I don’t think anything in particular stood out from their performances either. Kit for example I thought had a much stronger season 6 as compared to 7.

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    7. orange,

      I do think they deserved it. But anyway deserved it or not, they were the only lead actors in season 7 since the storyline was mostly about them. Lena, Nikolaj and Peter D had minor roles, so they should have been submitted for supporting actors.

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    8. Sue the Fury:
      This year, The Handmaid’s Tale is going to clean everyone else’s clocks, I think. It’s timely.

      That’s high praise, I’ll have to watch it over the Holidays…

      As for GoT’s chances: next season would indeed be the logical one to win. I cannot imagine anything else, tbh,

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    9. orange:
      At the risk of saying something unpopular…I don’t think Kit Harington or Emilia Clarke deserved to be nominated anyway. They didn’t have poor seasons by any stretch, but I don’t think anything in particular stood out from their performances either. Kit for example I thought had a much stronger season 6 as compared to 7.

      Nothing wrong with saying that. I personally think Kit and Emilia are horrible actors that cannot for the life of them carry the roles they were given. Kit just does brooding faces and Emilia as ‘stare into the abyss’ or ‘look at my angry/crazy face’ and that’s about it.

      They’re lucky that they landed GoT, because if you’ve seen either of them in anything else, they’re absolutely horrible actors. They get carried in GoT with excellent performances by Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey etc.

      For roles so big/important, I’ve never thought the two of them were any good.

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    10. orange:
      At the risk of saying something unpopular…I don’t think Kit Harington or Emilia Clarke deserved to be nominated anyway. They didn’t have poor seasons by any stretch, but I don’t think anything in particular stood out from their performances either. Kit for example I thought had a much stronger season 6 as compared to 7.

      I agree, they had the main storyline of season 7, and for me, it fell completely flat. I’m not invested in their relationship at all, and their characters didn’t really develop beyond that, so it was all very underwhelming for me. I felt that way about the whole season, so I’m not sure it even deserves a best TV series nomination. ‘Beyond the wall’ alone takes it out of the running, and the whole Winterfell plot.

      Sorry that is so harsh! It’s my disappointment talking I guess, I just didn’t like last season.

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    11. Andrew,

      “For roles so big/important, I’ve never thought the two of them were any good.”
      ……………………

      Out of curiosity, what young actress and actor would you have cast as Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow in 2010-2011?

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    12. While season 7 was airing I was very hyped because of the leaks and dragon action, it was fun, but five months later I can admit that the Jon and Dany story was, yeah, very poorly developed and written. The two lazy show-runners left it up to the actors to tell a romance tale with sad and pining stares.

      I like – always have – Emilia and Kit in their GoT roles, and I think the majority of fans do as well, but I kinda wish HBO would stop putting them up for awards for season 7. They’re not going to win.

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    13. lucy,

      Yeah, I like Kit and Emilia too. I’ve perhaps had an occasional issue with Emilia but for the most part, I enjoy her in the role. When I read the books, I picture her as Dany, so she must be doing something right.

      I think the romance is supposed to be based on some irresistible attraction that they themselves don’t really understand. At least that is what other people have said, and I think that sounds right, but I also think it was poorly depicted.

      They just looked like two pretty people with crushes, when Dany said ‘I haven’t given you permission to leave’ I cringed, it made her look like a little girl, because their relationship had no substance. And why was Jon so convinced she’d rush to their rescue? There was nothing I could see to suggest that level of care, ugh that episode, what a mess.

      I don’t blame Kit and Emilia, we have seen them have compelling relationships with other characters (not just romantic) but for some reason, I get nothing from them together.

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    14. yeah kit and emilia are on the bottom of the list in terms of acting chops in the GoT cast, and the writing didnt help their storyline this season, which made them the low points of s7 in my opinion. they’re pretty average in terms of acting compared to the deep pool of talent in tv right now

      the fact that Lena has not won anything for her portrayal of Cersei is blasphemy though

      and Handmaid’s Tale deserves all the awards this year, timely and raw

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