Game of Thrones scores 4 Critics’ Choices Awards nominations!

Photo courtesy of Helen Sloan/HBO
Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO

Nominations were announced today for the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, and Game of Thrones performed well, pulling in four nominations for the final season of the show. The winners will be announced live on The CW network Sunday, January 12th, 2020, in a gala ceremony at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. The event will be hosted by Taye Diggs, and broadcast live 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET.

The nominations for Game of Thrones are:

Best Drama Series

The Crown (Netflix)
David Makes Man (OWN)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Pose (FX)
Succession (HBO)
This Is Us (NBC)
Watchmen (HBO)

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)
Mike Colter – Evil (CBS)
Paul Giamatti – Billions (Showtime)
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Freddie Highmore – The Good Doctor (ABC)
Tobias Menzies – The Crown (Netflix)
Billy Porter – Pose (FX)
Jeremy Strong – Succession (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Asante Blackk – This Is Us (NBC)
Billy Crudup – The Morning Show (Apple)
Asia Kate Dillon – Billions (Showtime)
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)
Delroy Lindo – The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Tim Blake Nelson – Watchmen (HBO)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown (Netflix)
Gwendoline Christie – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Laura Dern – Big Little Lies (HBO)
Audra McDonald – The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Jean Smart – Watchmen (HBO)
Meryl Streep – Big Little Lies (HBO)
Susan Kelechi Watson – This Is Us (NBC)

Congratulations to Kit, Peter and Gwendoline! Christie reacted to the news on Instagram in typically exuberant fashion, complimenting her fellow performers and showing gratitude for the nom.

Tune into the CW in January to see if Game of Thrones wins!

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  1. Well deserved! Brilliant season and finale from Mr. Benioff and Mr. Weiss and the rest of the cast and crew. Good too see all the recognition.

  2. I hope Gwen kicks Meryl’s ass. And everyone else’s! 😊

    Also, I’ve heard of approximately 20% of these shows.

  3. Yay! Go Gwen! So happy she’s getting so much recognition for the last season. Well-deserved! Kinda sad Emilia didn’t get a nom under the Best Actress category but there was tough competition this year.

  4. I just copy what I’ve said in another post:

    Best drama I only watched GoT of that list, so that’s the one that I hope for. But it’s a shame that some other great stories didn’t get nominated. I personally think Mr. Robot should have been nominated. The last season is highly rated by fans and critics alike. But maybe it can’t be nominated because it’s not done yet? (Ends 21 december the whole show)

    Kit Harrington for actor or else Tobias Menzies (I don’t watch the crown but I know he’s a great actor).
    Nicole Kidman for best actress. What she did in Big Little Lies was just brilliant.

    Peter Dinklage for support actor.

    For support actress I know:
    Helena Bonham Carter, Gwendoline Christie, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep.
    All 4 are great actresses, and I which all 4 could win. But if I would go which I think would win it’s Meryl Streep. But they all deserve to win, especially the 3 I watched act in the series they are nominated for. Laura Dern was also brilliant as was Gwen.

    And Chernobyl should win limited series.

    Best movie either El Camino or deadwood. But I have to say that I was let down by both of them. I expected more. But it served the closure of the characters.

    Mahershala Ali or Jared Harris for best actor in limited series.
    Emily watson for support actress limited series.

    Haven’t seen any movies from this year so I won’t react to that.

  5. How is Kit (aka the worst actor in the series) nominated, yet Emilia (who carried s8) isn’t? 🤔
    I guess it takes a lot of talent to look mopey all the time and repeat ‘she’s muh kween’ over and over? 🙄

  6. mau,

    But I found it strange, this is the critics choice award, so the critics choose the awards. Season 4 of Mr Robot is critical acclaimed, it has a 96% approval rating from the critics (Audience 95%), the episodes itself the first episode had a 88% approval rate, and from episode 2 and onward every episode 100%.

    Game of thrones season 8 had a 58% approval rating from critics. (which I think is too low as stated before).

    So the name is critics choice award, but critics have no say in it?

    So shouldn’t the shows that are critical acclaim be nominated for the critics choice awards?

  7. kevin1989,

    Chernobyl was so frickin scary. It was scarier that it really happened.
    I’m not a very political guy, but I can’t understand why we mess with technology that could end the world. It was a miracle that more of the Earth wasn’t uninhabitable. We owe a major debt to those miners who sacrificed their lives. I remember the protests against Nuclear plants back in the 70’s, and I just didn’t get it as much as I do now. People can be very arrogant. Oh what could go wrong that another 10,000 years won’t fix. We can’t think of a better way to heat water?

  8. Tron79,

    Agree with you here. I’m not a big fan of nuclear power especially when it happened again in Japan not long ago, and that was also “it wouldn’t happen.”
    And they were true heroes. Without them big part of Easter Europe and Germany would be inhabitable, big parts of west Europe would suffer from Cancer (which I still believe it does, Thyroid problems sky rocket even in the Netherlands in the 90s), it even got to Canada the Nuclear dust if I remember right.

    What I also found great about Chernobyl that they told at the end which parts were made up.
    But it seems that Russia is not happy about the show, they are now making their own version with the “real truth” about Chernobyl, where the disaster was made on purpose by an American spy.

  9. I watched episode 9 & 10 of season 6. Those 2 episodes are in one word: Brilliant.
    Episode 9. Meereen: Daenerys defeating the slaver’s feels great. How she shift the outcome. How she listens to Tyrion for a better way. Daenerys and Yara meeting was brilliant as well, when she “flits” with Daenerys. And the sealing of the pact.
    Winterfell: First off the beginning of that part was the best part for me, the build up to the battle, Jon & Mellisandre together, Sansa & Jon together talking about the battle, my favorite moments were with Davos and talk about kings. The battle itself lost my interest but that was not the fault of the writers or the directing, which both are brilliant in this episode. And the ending was amazing as well, Jon beating Ramsay but stops before killing him. And Sansa taking revenge.
    Episode 10. The first 15 minutes is one of the finest moments of the show, the build up to Cersei’s revenge and the blowing up the sept, with the best musical sequence of the show. And Cersei taking Septa Onella for a personal revenge with the mountain. And Tommen killing himself, but Cersei holds her emotions in which results to who she becomes in the last 2 seasons, emotionless, she rather blame Tommen himself than to feel guilty.

    Then we move towards the twins, where walder frey makes a toast, and brilliantly spoken by Jaime that Walder wouldn’t be anything without the Lannisters and we see Arya already here later in the episode we have the brilliant scene of Arya taking revenge on the Freys by killing Walder. We fear for Arya here that she will become darker.

    Sam arrives at the citadel which is beautifully done with the showing of the high tower, and him entering the Citadel which we see the pendulum of Westeros as show in the title sequence, we feel with Sam that he is finally where he wants to be. Once again the music is amazing in this scene.

    Then we move finally to Winterfell. And Davos finally gets some justice with Mellisandre. This for me is one of the most moving scenes of the whole show. “I loved that girl, like she was my own. She was good and she was kind and you killed her.” We see how much Davos loved Shireen. But what we also saw was a difference side from Mellisandre which is beautifully act by Carice. You see that she feels guilty for what she has done.
    Jon and Sansa together is also an amazing scene. Sansa stating that Jon is a Stark. Jon telling Sansa she is the one that saved them. Sansa telling that only a fool would trust Littlefinger (she should have remember that the next season but somehow she forgets then until 7×07 she remembers again). “Winter is here.” “Father always promised, didn’t he!”

    We moved to Dorne for the best scene in Dorne in the show. Queen of Thornes showing the sandsnakes their place, it was time. A alliance was made that shouldn’t be possible to be made, but it was made possible because of Cersei. “Vengeance. Justice. Fire & Blood.” (One problem I have with this scene is Varys stating Fire & Blood. Which goes against what the show tells us who Varys is. In season 7 he does everything to make sure there will be no Fire & Blood. So why would he opt Fire & Blood here)

    Daenerys leaving Meereen is empty, which it should be. As she states, she left a man who love her behind and she felt nothing. She leaves it behind to go home.

    Sansa talk with Littlefinger is a perfect ending, he admit what he is after. But Sansa declines. We shift to Bran where he says goodbye to Benjen. And we see the ending of the Tower of Joy scene. The revelation of Jon being the son of Lyanna is amazingly done. Great actor and actress of Ned and Lyanna. “Promise me Ned” and we cut to Jon in the present with an amazing music in the background. And here we witness his crowning. “King in the North” which is one of those Goosebumps moment of the show.

    Then we move towards Jaime arriving back in Kings Landing and witness the destruction that Cersei has left. Seeing her being made Queen shows the fear that Jaime has for her and how far he went to follow Cersei. Her crowning is amazing and perfect ending for Cersei in season 6.

    And then season 6 ends with Daenerys going home with an amazing background music to end the season that sticks with you even when the end credits have ended. And here ends season 6, with the episode “winds of winter” and this episode remains “The king of the show! Long may it reign!”

    Now that I have finish season 6 it’s time to fill in my preferences of the seasons. And for me season 6 is a season that overall was ok and far from bad, but for me it’s greatness was more into the hands of 3 episodes “the door”, “Battle of the Bastards” & “Winds of Winter.” Many of the other episodes I lost interest sometimes with many scenes. For me having these 3 amazing episodes is not a reason that the season overall bumps up at the top. I rather have a season where I found every episode a 9,5 ratings worth compare to a season of 8,5 ratings worth with 3 episodes of a 10. For me the first 6 seasons ends with my rewatch:
    S4 > S1 > S3> S6 > S2 > S5

    Now I will take a short break and in a couple of days I will watch season 7.

  10. Golden Globes just got announced, Kit got nominated for best actor, and that’s it. I’m so confused, I thought Emilia would get one if he did but nope. Not even Peter. Not surprised by the lack of best drama nom.

  11. I really hope Gwen wins, also looking at the competition I would think GOT wins best Drama series too.

  12. GOT against The Crown – Im not sure how that will go; the crown is superb in everyway,but an extremely dif show than GOT (tho it is a fantasy of a sort). Be interesting how its played out. Id love to see Helena Boham Carter get an award for her portrayal of Princess Margaret. Spot on…

  13. So proud of Gwen and so happy for her! She poured so much into the role and deserves all the awards and more for bringing Brienne to life.

  14. I’m very happy that Game of Thrones was nominated in Best Drama, however I’m most happy that Kit Harington was recognized for his work in the final season, which I thought was exceptional, especially in the finale. I’m disappointed that Emilia couldn’t crack the Lead Actress field (although the competition was quite tough), but I’m quite pleased that Peter Dinklage and Gwendoline Christie were recognized as well!

  15. Efi,

    The only importance these award shows have is whatever you personally assign to it.

    It doesn’t really mean much of anything in the end. It’s just a popularity contest.

  16. mau,

    If I go with the official critics that RT (It has it’s problems but it shows at least all the official critics that put their review for the seasons): Game of thrones had 13, and Mr Robot had 18. 5 more. More official critics did review the last season of Mr. Robot than GoT (And I think that says something) (And I even compared critics that voted for both Mr Robot and other nominated shows above, and Mr Robot was by many the only one that they rated 100% almost every episode).

    It’s not that I don’t think those shows deserve it, I still want GoT to win of these nominations, but a show that has a last season that is by Critics and fans both rated as “One of the best of all time.” With every episode rates of 10.0 (100). Which is both true to it’s fans and also daring to give hard punches to the audience (and it sticks instead of revolt from the audience) should in my book be nominated and praised. We need more shows like GoT in the future and also like Mr Robot. It’s just a big fan reaction of me for a critical acclaimed show. (I had the same feeling when the last season of Leftovers didn’t get that much attention. Or some other great shows I watched in the past).

    But I understand that not all great shows can be nominated. Else the list would be 3 or 4 times as long every year.

  17. mau,

    Luckily mr robot episode 407 got nominated for a WGA award. Which focus solely on the writing.

    Unfortunately GoT didn’t get a single nomination. Was hoping for “Knights of the seven kingdoms” nomination.

  18. kevin1989,

    You need to remember GOT didn’t give out advance screeners, so critics reviewed the show on an episode by episode basis. If you look at the episode reviews, you would see that each episode was reviewed by more than 100 critics, with the sole exception of episode 2, which was just shy of 100. Mr. Robot episodes were reviewed by no more than 8. It’s much easier to gain unanimous positive reviews from 8 people than 100. So many more critics reviewed GOT than Mr. Robot. As you said, that says something.

  19. Young Dragon,

    Everyone can review an episode, but to be official means you need to work for an official site/ news-tabloid etc. Then mr Robot was reviewed by more official reviewers. Yes GoT got many and many non-official reviews from fans and unverified sources. And it’s bigger because of the marketing that HBO does, which they are excellent in. Mr Robot not so much, I only knew it was back a couple weeks later when I saw something on their official FB page, which HBO does better, almost 3 or 4 times a week GoT official FB page updated news.

    And mr Robot still got more reviews than some other shows that got nominated in the list. But luckily Mr Robot got nominated for a WGA award, which in the end say much more about the writing than GG and CCA (which had different kind of things too look at). I also think the 2 year wait with Mr Robot hurt the show viewing. GoT already suffered from the 1,5 year gab. 2 years is too much.

    But many great shows were looked over, the wire, leftovers and many more got looked over. Which for me is a shame because great writing is the nr one priority the rest needs to be done right after that.

    But now I put my wish list on GoT only for me the only one that I like to watch and so I wish that it got the wins.

  20. Young Dragon,

    There’s some verification about what kind of sites, it needs to be connected to a newssite, things like NY times, Washington post etc can get nominated, but for instance the reviews from WotW or WiC won’t be taken into account because they are from a fan site.

    Look for instance at Myles McNutt, his episode 2 review wasn’t taken into the official list because he didn’t review it for the official site but only on his personal site and somebody else took over.

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