Game of Thrones Season 6 Up For 3 MTV Awards! & Nathalie Emmanuel Talks Valyrian on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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The nominations for the upcoming MTV Movie & TV Awards have been announced, and Game of Thrones is competing for three awards —two of which are quite unconventional!

Deadline reported on this year’s nominations and, most notably, season six is up against five pretty stellar TV shows for the “Show of the year” award: Atlanta (FX), Insecure (HBO), Pretty Little Liars (Freeform), Stranger Things (Netflix) and This Is Us (NBC.)

That may be the most significant award, but the other nominations are a bit more interesting. For starters, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen is competing in the “Best actor in a show” category with Donald Glover (Atlanta), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), Mandy Moore (This Is Us), and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things.) Interestingly, you may notice there is no differentiation made between male and female performers. This year, MTV has no Best Actress and Best Actor categories. Instead, everyone competes for a single non-gendered Best Actor award.

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Finally, there is the so-called “Tearjerker” category. Incredibly specific, isn’t it? Unfortunately, the nominees are also big spoilers for these shows, so just in case I won’t reproduce them here — go to Deadline for the proper context. The only one that must be spoiled is, of course, the Game of Thrones scene that won a nomination here. Is there really any doubt what it is? Of course, it’s “Hodor’s Death.” Kristian Nairn’s departure in the episode The Door is rivaled by similarly sad scenes (I assume) from Grey’s Anatomy, Me Before You (in a scene involving Emilia Clarke, by the way), Moonlight, and This Is Us. In exactly a month we will know the results, as the ceremony is to be held on May 7.

Incidentally, Nathalie Emmanuel went on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night:

Not only was she as lovely as ever, but she explained the circumstances of her casting in the show and defended the legitimacy of the Valyrian language and its many dialects against Kimmel’s skepticism, even giving a shout out to linguist David J. Peterson, who created all the languages in Game of Thrones — and by now many other shows! What’s more, Emmanuel got to show off a bit of her Valyrian knowledge, even distinguishing between the High and Low Valyrian words for “queen.” Quite impressive!

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    1. Off topic, sorry, but fans of Gemma Whelan can see her tonight on Graham Norton Show discussing her new project based on Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall, which is very good.

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    2. I think it’s funny that she was on the show (now) primarily because of The Fate of the Furious but he spends most of the interview asking about GoT. Apparently this was the first time Kimmel has met Nathalie and we know he’s a fan of the show so it’s not too surprising. I was hoping she’d bust out a sentence or two in Valyrian. I’ve seen Emilia do that a time or two in the past.

      Speaking of Emilia, I did finally see Me Before You not too long ago. It felt to me that we got to see a little more of her true, fun personality in parts of that film. I enjoyed it. 🙂

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    3. Clob,

      Me before You is not the kind of film I’m interested in, but it was a real pleasure to recognize Emilia as I can see her in interviews: pleasant and polite, but funny and original.

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    4. Lol she was working “at the till”, folding pants, watching out for shoplifters… and then she went to play Missandei in Game of Thrones. Amazing. That kind of switch has to be pretty dramatic. Also: Nathalie is adorable.

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    5. She’s a great actress, but I can’t stand the love thing going on with her and Gray Worm. He’s a eunuch lol

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    6. Nathalie is one of those people who are beautiful and lovely and perfect, and you kind of want to hate them for it but can’t because you’d really rather be best friends with them instead. ❤

      Sorry Emilia, but JDM is my guy…mind you, he wasn’t given much to work with…..

      Gemma Whelan was too funny on Graham Norton!!!

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    7. *cough* Is there a way to subscribe to the threads when you happen to completely forget to click the ‘notify me’ boxes before posting?

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    8. WallyOscar:
      She’s a great actress, but I can’t stand the love thing going on with her and Gray Worm. He’s a eunuch lol

      And… ? Are they known not to have a heart & feelings ? Duh.

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    9. DaphNenya,

      Well my reference was to a lack of man parts for purposes of copulation.

      But if you want to go down the rabbit hole, in reality growing up as an Unsullied he’d probably be so traumatized to be incapable of traditional forms of love. These are warriors who have been raised in obedience, loyalty to one’s masters to the extent of puppy murder and not flinching when someone goes to cut off a nipple. No way would one be like “wow she’s hot…”.

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    10. Really just do not get out of the whole ep that the Hodor part is spoken the most regarding tear jerking. Where is the love for summer 🙁

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    11. WallyFrench/Oscar,

      Love, feelings, etc do not necessary mean copulation.

      Missandei asks Grey Worm why some of the Unsullied go to brothels, I think they are
      simply looking for human warmth.

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    12. DragonBallfan,

      Summer was a wolf. Direwolf, I agree however, a wolf is not a dog and I can see the point.

      Wow… That really doesn’t say much regarding hodor…. Hahaha

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