Yesterday’s announcement of the Hugo Award nominations brought good tidings for Game of Thrones, with TWO nods for the show! GoT picked up nominations for “Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form,” with the episodes “The Door” and “Battle of the Bastards” in contention against some stiff competition this year.
Today, George R.R. Martin reacts to the news enthusiastically, as he always has a lot to say about the Hugos! He also adds some interesting trivia to the awards news. On his NotaBlog, Martin says:
Personally, I’m thrilled to see that two episodes of GAME OF THRONES were nominated in Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: our two Emmy winners, as it happens, “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Door.” I know David Benioff and Dan Weiss will be also been thrilled, along with our cast and crew and all the good people at HBO. Helsinki is a lot closer to Belfast than the US, so there’s even a chance that David and Dan might fly in for the ceremony (shooting schedule permitting), as they did for Loncon. If they can’t, the lovely Sibel Kekilli will help me represent GOT on the night, as Ron Donachie and Rory McCann did in prior years.
Of course, we face some hellacious tough competition. “Leviathan Wakes” has also been nominated, the finale of season one of THE EXPANSE, along with “San Junipero” from BLACK MIRROR, my favorite episode from that terrific show. And of course there’s an episode of DR. WHO in there, as there always is, along with a sixth nominee that I’m unfamiliar with, as yet. As it happens, there were three episodes of GAME OF THRONES that got enough votes to make the final ballot, but this year a new rule went into effect, limiting each series to no more than two nominees. That’s the DR. WHO rule. It’s been needed for years, and I’m glad to see it in place, but it’s one of life’s little ironies that the first show it bites is not DR. WHO, but GAME OF THRONES. But one must not be greedy. It IS an honor just to be nominated, and a double honor to be nominated twice, so thanks to all the fans out there who gave us one of their votes.
The Hugo Awards website confirms that “The Winds of Winter” was the victim of this “Doctor Who” rule, and that the season six finale did receive enough votes to be a finalist in the category.
I would have preferred “The Winds of Winter” as a nominee over “Battle of the Bastards,” personally, but either way, two nods is fantastic so we can’t complain about Game of Thrones being limited to two! And Martin isn’t kidding about the competition. Black Mirror‘s “San Junipero” is an instant classic and I’ve heard wonderful things about The Expanse.
Good luck to Game of Thrones and Benioff and Weiss at the Hugo Awards!