Game of Thrones wins four Creative Arts Emmys

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Game of Thrones raked in the Emmy nominations this year, dominating the technical categories. We’ll see if they bring home the awards tonight, as the Emmy Creative Arts Awards ceremony takes place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

The ceremony begins at 4PM Pacific Time, 7PM Eastern. The awards show won’t air for another week, but we’ll be posting the winners tonight, as soon as the information becomes available!

Update! The categories have been announced, and Game of Thrones has won four Emmys tonight.  Congratulations to GoT on their big wins in Art Direction, Costuming, Visual and Special Effects and Prosthetic Makeup!

The Creative Arts categories that Game of Thrones competed in include:


Guest Actress in a Drama – Diana Rigg, lost to Allison Janney of Masters of Sex

Casting for a Drama Series- Nina Gold and Robert Sterne, lost to True Detective.

Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)- Ramin Djawadi, lost to Alan Silvestri for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey

Winner! – Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera)

Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell

Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell

Winner! – Special and Visual Effects

Cinematography: Jonathan Freeman (“Two Swords”), Anette Haellmigk (“The Lion and the Rose”), lost to True Detective’s Adam Arkapaw

Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Miniseries Or Movie, lost to The Blacklist

Winner! – Costumes for a Series (“The Lion and the Rose”)

Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series (“The Lion and the Rose”), lost to Downton Abbey

Makeup For A Single-Camera Series-Non-Prosthetic (“Oathkeeper”), lost to True Detective

Winner! – Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (“The Children”)

Sound Editing For A Series (“The Watchers on the Wall”), lost to Black Sails

Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series – One Hour (“The Watchers on the Wall”), lost to House of Cards

Interactive Program – Game of Thrones Premiere Facebook Live and Instagram, lost to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Digital Experience

Creative Achievement in Interactive Media (Juried Award): Game of Thrones Viewers Guide, User Experience and Visual Design, lost to HITRECORD On TV

A recorded version of tonight’s show will air on the FXM network on Sunday, August 24th at 8pm ET/PT. The Primetime Emmys live awards show will air Monday, August 25th. Tune in then to root for Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and Game of Thrones.

Good luck, tonight, to everyone involved with the show!

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    1. If they don’t win at least five of these, fuck the Emmys

      In any case, I doubt GOT will win anything outside the creative arts awards. The only one outside of this who has a real chance is Peter, and even then I’m not sure the Emmys will budge.

      EDIT: also, minor issue report- on mobile (safari, iPhone), the “show/hide spoilers” buttons overlaps with the “jump to and always support the bottom” button. It doesn’t prevent anything from working, just looks a bit odd.

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    2. GoT wins the stunt award every year. It would be funny if they lost this year when they had “The Watchers on the Wall” going on.

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    3. De-lurking in honour of the new site 😉 (I’m another WiC escapee, took me long enough to find you guys)

      As someone who works in Art Department (not on GoT, more’s the pity, I’d give a kidney to be involved!) I’m always astounded with what they manage to achieve on a TV series budget. Someone is running a tight ship.
      I’m also awarding them the Sound, Costume and Musical Score awards, and I don’t even know who they’re up against.

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    4. I will be deeply upset if Diana Rigg doesn’t win THIS time around.

      I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for your report; I will update Game of Thrones Wiki with the winners as soon as you post them.

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    5. Sue the Fury,

      So, they have never won a casting Emmy then? It might not be the same as snubbing Jon Hamm every year for Best Actor but it’s close. I guess the award will go to the new hotness every time from here on out since the major characters are almost all cast.

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    6. Sue the Fury:

      And no, no casting award ever for GoT. Sigh.

      Absurd – really! I can only guess that it is because so many in the cast are not well-known to these voters. Who actually votes on the Casting award?

      Skipjack:
      Sue the Fury,

      So, they have never won a casting Emmy then?It might not be the same as snubbing Jon Hamm every year for Best Actor but it’s close.I guess the award will go to the new hotness every time from here on out since the major characters are almost all cast.

      Yes, it is close. Its incredible that Jon Hamm is without an Emmy.

      I think that True Detective will be the darling of these Emmy awards.

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    7. I’m so happy to see Michele Clapton and all the wonderful team of artisans get recognized for their work :’ )

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    8. It’s the first time Downton’s ever been nominated for hair, first time the Academy’s had a chance to vote for them. Also, for some reason, the Television Academy throws awards at DA no matter how terrible their season is.

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    9. As much as I love Diana Rigg, Alison Janney (an Emmy favorite for years) was just heartbreaking on Masters of Sex.

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    10. Game of Thrones Wiki has had the Emmy nominations as our front page news for some time (the first out of four things in our slider, the first one people see when they log in)

      I have temporarily changed the slider image so when you click “read more”, it links directly to this live news report on WatchersOntheWall.com.

      http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Game_of_Thrones_Wiki?diff=157062&oldid=152321

      Why? Because that OTHER fansite isn’t bothering to do live news coverage of the Thrones nods at the Creative Arts Emmys!

      I hope this helps with site traffic.

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    11. I’m crushed by the Diana Rigg loss, but at least Michele Clapton’s amazing costumes won.

      …I’ve actually been tinkering away at a nascent “Costumes” article on Game of Thrones Wiki but it is MASSIVE and thus only half-finished: http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Costumes

      It’s the result of hunting around for every quote about her work that Clapton ever made, the thought that went into it, i.e. Tyrell fashions were designed to be the opposite of Lannister fashions, to show the Cersei/Margaery rivalry, and they carefully planned out that *very gradually*, more and more of the background extras shift to dressing in Margaery’s fashions — a subtle hint that Cersei is yesterday’s news and losing influence at court.

      As I said, half-finished. It’s got all of the quotes I’ve ever collected (A LOT) but I have to smooth it out into an actual prose explanation. Keep an eye out for that, I’m going to put it under the “Culture and Society” portal on the front page.

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    12. Admittedly it wasn’t their most diverse music season…lacked the stirring ironborn theme, amirite?!

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    13. Game of Thrones wins Special and Visual Effects! Well deserved. Up to four for the night!

      But they lose Stunt Coordination … to The Blacklist? Hoookay. I’ll admit that I don’t watch that show, so maybe the work done by the stunt coordination team is dynamite. But somehow I doubt that a network procedural really does have better stunts than what we saw in “The Watchers on the Wall”.

      As a bit of a sidebar, legendary voice actor Harry Shearer (The Simpsons) just won his first Emmy ever. Very nice.

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    14. Sue the Fury,

      So am I… “The Watchers on the Wall” was nominated, wasn’t it? I saw a good amount of the first season of “The Blacklist” and nothing of what I saw even came close to the stunts in that episode, imo. In fact, I would go as far say that GoT objectively has better stunts than “The Blacklist”, it’s simply another league. Oh well, what ever want down there, no biggie.

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    15. The only one I’m okay with them loosing is Best Guest Actress. As much as I like Diana Rigg as Olenna, Alison Janney was too damn good on Masters of Sex. Everything else they should’ve won.

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    16. The Dragon Demands,

      Diana Rigg barely did anything in season 4, and she especially didn’t do much in “The Lion and the Rose”, her submission episode. Compare her to Janney (the winner), or some of the other nominees, and she’s really not in the same league in terms of story (which is a writing thing, not on her, of course).

      “Game of Thrones” is tied with “True Detective” for wins among the drama series (4 apiece).

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    17. Abyss,

      They had cars, a couple of really brutal fist fights and torture to go with the usual gun battles. I still think “Watchers” must have taken more coordination, but what do I know.

      You should watch the show, if only for James Spader. He’s so entertaining!

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    18. Ashara D,

      I know, I watched the first half of the season. Their actions scene are not bad by any means, but GoT has full blown battles, something you almost never see in a TV show. And that’s not even talking about scenes like the fight between Jon and Styr in “The Watchers on the Wall”, which was very good in its own right, even if you not think about the fact that it was in between a battle with a lot of extras and other actors.
      Just to be clear, I’m not in any way salty about it, I just really think that GoT should have won Stunt Coordination over its competitors. Like I said, it plays in a whole different league.
      And yeah, James Spader is great. 🙂

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    19. Abyss: I know, I watched the first half of the season.

      The Blacklist had a pretty big multi-car long action sequence (and I want to say there was a motorcycle too, IIRC?) near the end of the season. I have a feeling that’s what got them the award. Plus they had at least one stunt/fight sequence per episode, it seemed. There’s definitely more individual skill involved with the GoT stunts, but this is for “coordination.” Also looking at their nominations, it seems GoT doesn’t always even get nominated for the stunt category and it looks like the show has never won that category at the Emmys, so perhaps the voters for stunts have something against the show. (The guy who won had apparently been nominated 5 times previously, but had never won, so that might have something to do with it, as well.) They seem fond of cop shows, too, so maybe motor vehicle-related stunts catch their eye more than one-on-one fights.

      Stunt Coordination Emmy Winners
      2011 – Southland (GoT nom, specifically for “The Wolf and the Lion”)
      2012 – Southland (no GoT nom for stunts)
      2013 – Revolution (no GoT nom for stunts)
      2014 – The Blacklist (GoT nom, episode apparently unspecified)

      Note that the show wasn’t nominated for season 2, with Blackwater. It seems the Emmys aren’t particularly gaga over battles.

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    20. Sorry but this is lame,especially compared to last year when they won almost everything in this category,not happy about this one bit !

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    21. The awards that I can’t believe they have lost is the soundtruck award !! Ramin Djawadi did something unbleivable this year !! No day passes without lestining to soemthing from Got music !!

      And the casting award !!? Really !? how many characters they have in got comparing to true detective

      And the watcher on the wall episode didn’t win anything 🙁 I really hope Nill Marshal will win best director

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    22. Summer:
      What about the supporting actor and actress? Lena and Peter? When will those be announced? Next week, I think.

      During the actual telecast.

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    23. Congratulations GoT!
      Also can’t believe they didn’t win the stunt, music, sound editing and casting awards.
      Seriously the cast is huge(one of the biggest ever on tv), and so far they almost haven’t had any miscastings.

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    24. So GoT won the Prosthetic Makeup award for The Children. I don’t really remember seeing anything out of ordinary in that episode when it comes to prosthetic makeup so it’s probably something I didn’t even think about. What was special in that episode?

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    25. Hodorer,

      Are you serious ? What about the Children of the forest,you would think the title itself would give you a hint unless you were sarcastic .

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    26. Bookpuristhater,

      No, not sarcastic. I’m not sure if there was any prosthetic makeup on the Children themselves (herself, rather), she had clothes that looked like branches and hairstyle that also looked like branches but wouldn’t that be costuming and hairstyling rather than prosthetics?

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    27. Sue the Fury: GoT wins the stunt award every year. It would be funny if they lost this year when they had “The Watchers on the Wall” going on.

      I was totally thinking of a different awards show. oops.

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    28. Remember two years ago when everyone were saying “Season 3 and 4 will win all the awards including Best Drama” ?

      So 6 awards (all minor) out of 37 nominations is getting all the awards, right ? (LOL maybe 7 if Peter Dinklage triumph, the only major award that GoT will probably win during its run maybe with Lena Headey for Season 5 which is sad for a show that good)

      I don’t think Game of Thrones has a chance to success at the Emmys unless the final season is amazing, which I highly doubt. The ship has sailed, aSoS was the book to win awards. It’s over right now. I still hope that in 3 years I will be proved wrong.

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    29. Emmys,

      Remember two years ago when everyone were saying “Season 3 and 4 will win all the awards including Best Drama” ?

      No, because it did not happen.

      So 6 awards (all minor) out of 37 nominations is getting all the awards, right ?

      GoT has won 14 Emmys so far, including “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”. What ever you count as minor, this is not on of them. And that is not counting all the other big awards out of the 57 GoT has got (these are the ones Wikipedia lists, there could be more).

      The ship has sailed, aSoS was the book to win awards. It’s over right now. I still hope that in 3 years I will be proved wrong.

      You already are. I really don’t know were some people get that strange idea from that GoT is not a successes when it comes to winning awards.

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    30. As for Prosthetic Makeup, this is the description GoT submitted for the Emmys for “The Children”:

      “Wight Attack: 4 hero, 3 mid full head silicone make-ups. Green suits with full body skeletal appliances for VFX to create negative space. Half-torso harnessed to actor’s back.
      Man In Roots: Full facial and forearm silicone appliances. False body section with several integrated resin and foam branches.
      Mountain: Silicone appliances for infected torso wounds. Silicone arm and torso for blood letting/injections.
      Hound: Silicone burn facial makeup. Appliances: neck, ear injuries; leg compound fracture.”

      So the wights, the Mountain’s stuff, the Hound’s injuries, and the Three-Eyed Raven.

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    31. Sue the Fury,

      Thank you! And for the others bringing up the reasons why that episde in particular was nominated.

      The Mountain and Three-eyed Raven are especially interesting. Full facial? Somehow I missed there being anything. That’s some amazing work they did.

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    32. I’d have liked for Ramin to win. The music he does for the show is amazing. I have all 4 soundtracks and always listen to them when I study.

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    33. I’d have liked to have seen Ramin and Nina Gold win. The soundtrack is top notch, and Nina should have won years ago simply for finding such an amazing crew of child actors. Season 1 casting was an amazing accomplishment.

      But that’s the emmys. They aren’t grammys bad, where people are recognized thirty years after the fact, but the voters are fundamentally lazy, it seems, since the same groups keep winning, and for shows that have become increasingly tired (Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, Downtown Abbey, etc.). Add in genre bias and legitimately strong competition (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, other great actors) and it’s never going to get amazing recognition, except maybe as a swan song.

      Be happy it is nominated. Nearly every great show is under-awarded at the Grammys. It just happens.

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    34. Emmys:
      Remember two years ago when everyone were saying “Season 3 and 4 will win all the awards including Best Drama” ?

      So 6 awards (all minor) out of 37 nominations is getting all the awards, right ? (LOL maybe 7 if Peter Dinklage triumph, the only major award that GoT will probably win during its run maybe with Lena Headey for Season 5 which is sad for a show that good)

      I don’t think Game of Thrones has a chance to success at the Emmys unless the final season is amazing, which I highly doubt. The ship has sailed, aSoS was the book to win awards. It’s over right now. I still hope that in 3 years I will be proved wrong.

      What do you mean maybe Lena for Season 5? I’m Unsullied? Are we just assuming her performance next Season will be special?

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    35. The only thing I’m a lil pissed about is the Casting award, because y’all know True Detective won it because they got two big names as lead characters. Who won it last year, House of Cards?

      Anyway I saw an advert for Masters of Sex and it looks really interesting, is it good?

      and fuck the king… and the emmys

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    36. hahaha I just checked the 2013 results and House of Cards DID get outstanding casting, so Hollywood A-listers = great casting

      Jack Bauer 24,

      lets just say Season 5 will be the first time we’re adapting from books where Cersei is a POV character with a fleshed out arc, and Lena will definitely a much bigger chance to shine than she has before

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    37. The lack of casting award is confusing to me too. All the casting is great but Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, Rory McCann and Pedro Pascal are all the only people I can imagine in their roles. It’s impossible for me to see anyone else and they are who I picture the characters as when I read the books. It’s like they were born to play those parts. How is that not great casting?

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    38. WeirwoodTreeHugger:
      I’m still annoyed that Pedro Pascal didn’t get a guest actor nom.

      As am I. Even my Unsullied friends, who had no previous knowledge of nor attachment to the character kept saying, “who is this guy. He’s amazing.”

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    39. Mormont,

      Masters of Sex is definitely worth the watch. Allison Janney deserved that award. But most of its cast is pretty talented and great in their roles. It’s a little loose and flashy with the drama of the stories it tells, not the most accurate thing ever, but they respect the actual research and the relationship shared by Masters and Johnson.

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    40. I find it disturbing that Nina Gold & Robert Stern has not won an Emmy for casting in previous seasons of GoT.
      History will show the Emmys are a poor indicator of talent. I haven’t seen a show (TV or movie) with such a perfectly cast (large) group of characters such as Got. Even the minor characters are appealing and I am truly amazed at their choice of child actors. This seasons choice of Pedro Pascal and the other introduced minor characters was spot on (and I had read the books twice before S4)
      And to have lost this season to True Detective seems uneducated. I lasted 5 episodes of TD because it was so clichéd. If I see another copper with marriage problems in these contemporary TV detective series (I’m looking at you The Wire) it is an instant negative score; and by extension Woody Harrelson’s character (thats right the other mummbler) was clichéd. Must have taken a huge effort to cast.
      There, steam now vented.

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    41. Bush Blubberman,

      you’re lucky you didn’t get to the finale. The “big bad” is unveiled in the last few minutes of the penultimate episode and I just sighed, and it only goes downhill from there… they put cliches upon cliches; cliches that were so cliche that they’ve been parodied in American Dad etc.

      I actually really enjoyed it until then… but yeah they didn’t deserve the casting award

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    42. Congratulations to the winners! Well deserved.

      That said:

      “True Detective” for best casting? WTF?

      And where is my Pedro nomination?

      I adore “The Blacklist”, but there is not one remotely challenging stunt or action sequence. It’s standard textbook 101. James Spader deserves recognition, not the stunts, sorry.

      Thrilling fantasy score vs. bland sci-fi elevator lite music – obviously bland wins out. Meh.

      What exactly does Nina Gold, Robert Stern and Ramin Djawadi have to do to get an Emmy bone thrown their way?

      Emmy voters = big, epic, LAZY fail.

      See you here next year for the usual complaints.

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