Today via press release, the Writers Guild of America officially announced nominations for their 2016 television awards. The WGA Awards will celebrate “outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, and promotional writing during 2015.”
The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 13th.
Game of Thrones is competing in two categories: Drama Series, and Episodic Drama, which recognizes specific episodes. The season 5 finale “Mother’s Mercy,” written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, is representing GoT in the category.
The nominations, and the competition:
The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Lara Shapiro, Joe Weisberg, Tracy Scott Wilson, Stuart Zicherman; FX
Better Call Saul, Written by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Bradley Paul, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith; AMC
Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Dave Hill, D.B. Weiss; HBO
Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, Janet Leahy, Erin Levy, Tom Smuts, Robert Towne, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray; AMC
Mr. Robot, Written by Kyle Bradstreet, Kate Erickson, Sam Esmail, David Iserson, Randolph Leon, Adam Penn, Matt Pyken; USA
“Explosivos” (Narcos), Written by Andy Black; Netflix
“International Assassin” (The Leftovers), Written by Damon Lindelof & Nick Cuse; HBO
“Mind’s Eye” (The Good Wife), Written by Robert King & Michelle King; CBS
“Mother’s Mercy” (Game of Thrones), Written for Television by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; HBO
“Person to Person” (Mad Men), Written by Matthew Weiner; AMC
“Uno” (Better Call Saul), Written by Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould; AMC
The competing shows are extremely strong this year, so I don’t think Game of Thrones is a shoo-in to win. However, bad pussy aside, “Mother’s Mercy” did win the Emmy for Writing and the show does have a shot at it.
Congratulations on the nominations to all the writing staff of Game of Thrones! We’ll be rooting for you.