The seventh season of Game of Thrones has received many awards in the last months, but today’s news concerns the show as a whole: at this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards, the Game of Thrones production team will be recognized for its prodigious efforts with a special award. And two cast members will be there to accept it!
BAFTA revealed yesterday that on April 22’s ceremony “the production team from the hugely popular drama series Game of Thrones will be honoured with the BAFTA Special Award.” Cast members John Bradley and Hannah Murray, who play the on-screen couple of Sam and Gilly, will accept this award on behalf of the entire production team.
According to BAFTA, “this Special Award recognises the craft behind the making of the critically acclaimed series and their outstanding contribution to revolutionising and pushing the boundaries within the various crafts involved in making all the 67 episodes to date,” as well as “the support the series has provided for the television industry in the UK.” As you may know, the HBO production has been headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland since season one, and films on many locations throughout the country.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss responded enthusiastically to the news: “This award makes us extremely happy on behalf of the people who actually earned it – all our brilliant, talented, hard-working department heads and crew. Many, many people work insanely hard to create any film or television show. They are creators every bit as much as actors, writers, producers or directors, and deserve to be recognised as such.”
As we reported before, the seventh season of Game of Thrones is also nominated in two categories for 2018’s BAFTA Craft Awards. The ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube and Twitter (@BAFTA/ #BAFTATV) for the first time ever.