House of the Dragon Season 1 Wins Golden Globe for 2023 Best Drama Series

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In a surprise twist of events, House of the Dragon picked up the biggest TV award of the night, after very few actual nominations during the Golden Globes leadup, and a slow of other shows winning other awards throughout the night. Defeating retiring shows Better Call Saul and Ozark, regular Golden Globe winner The Crown, and breakout freshman drama Severance, HOTD did what Game of Thrones was never able to do, and won the top prize. A few more developments below…

On hand to accept the award were season 1 co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik, and twin Rhaenyras (Golden Globe nominee) Emma D’Arcy and (should have been Golden Globe Nominee) Milly Alcock. I guess this was a swan song for Miguel, who formally stepped away from the GOT universe this summer. Stumbling through his rambling and self-admittedly unexpected speech, he took the time to importantly note, “I’ve gotta say, Severance is awesome; I love that show. If I could have made House of the Dragon like Severance, I would have, but it would have been a bit weird.”

Emma D’Arcy was nominated for Best Actress as well, although they did not win. Telling Yahoo their thoughts on the impending season 2, they said “I think season one Rhaenyra spends a lot of time mediating her Targaryen fire. My hope is that in season two, the breaks are off a bit.” They also go on to talk about the” beautifully ironic” nature of being nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress, just as they had “stopped pretending to present as a woman in order to find success.”

Meanwhile, for the upcoming SAG awards, HOTD received just one nomination, for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series. And yes, that category is a whole ass mouthful. How do you think they’ll do?

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  1. I was quite surprised by this. It especially feels like Better Call Saul was robbed, never winning a single best drama series award when it was probably the best drama every year it aired. Really felt they’d give it a send-off like The Americans, which in my opinion was also the best show of its era when it was airing, but didn’t win until the final season. Succession comes back this year and probably has it locked up if this season is comparable to the last two.

    Still happy for HOTD, of course. Also the first time since either Lost or X-Files for a show classifiable as sci-fi or fantasy to win. I guess really the first time period for fantasy. It’s good for the genre to have something of real prestige come out right now after the way GOT faltered at the end and Rings of Power and Wheel of Time kind of fell flat critically.

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  2. Adam:
    I was quite surprised by this. It especially feels like Better Call Saul was robbed, never winning a single best drama series award when it was probably the best drama every year it aired. Really felt they’d give it a send-off like The Americans, which in my opinion was also the best show of its era when it was airing, but didn’t win until the final season. Succession comes back this year and probably has it locked up if this season is comparable to the last two.

    Still happy for HOTD, of course. Also the first time since either Lost or X-Files for a show classifiable as sci-fi or fantasy to win. I guess really the first time period for fantasy. It’s good for the genre to have something of real prestige come out right now after the way GOT faltered at the end and Rings of Power and Wheel of Time kind of fell flat critically.

    If it helps you sleep at night, remember that Golden Globes are *generally* bought and bribed, not won and earned.

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  3. Fire and Blood Winning Best Drama series a great way to start off the award season, more nominees and awards to come in 2023!!!! I hope Miguel Sapochnik continues to direct Fire and Blood and SNOW episodes for HBO because he knows how high Game of Thrones set the bar for outstanding EPIC TV series.

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  4. Happy for the win, but come on! It was not worthy of a win, with all that time jumping making it impossible to feel anything for the characters. The kid dying in the last episode was a complete non-shocker. He had hardly been in the show. A few seconds here and there. Stuff like that. No one can take Matt Smith’s character as an ass kicker seriously. He is too small, simply looks weak. Had that been played by Henry Cavill on the other hand… Too late for that now.

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  5. Still frustrated by Paddy being completely snubbed, but I was really pulling for Emma, despite knowing the odds were stacked against them.

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  6. I, too, was shocked. I enjoyed it but didn’t even consider it the best show I watched in 2022, much less what most of America watched.

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  7. I’m glad HoD won the category. I don’t watch a lot of TV these days so I can’t judge the other series that were nominated. I think opinions in these award shows are always going to be subjective. Bronn obviously isn’t that struck on Matt Smith’s performance but I’ve heard other people who’ve liked him.

    Adam mentioned that fantasy shows haven’t received great praise of late from critics. I haven’t seen the Lords of the Rings prequel but I did watch Wheel of Time. I’ve only read the first book – I found it okay but I haven’t wanted to read any more of that series. I think WoT may be a young person’s book and I can’t claim to be young anymore. I quite liked the WoT TV show though it differed from the book significantly in some parts. I wasn’t bothered about some of the actors being people of colour.

    When GoT was still going I thought Lena Headey was at least in with a chance of winning best actress but though she was nominated a few times she never won. Does anyone have an idea how the choice process goes on when selecting a winner – is it put to a vote?

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  8. I thought House of the Dragon was good, not great, but I’m still glad it won. Of the nominated Drama shows (House of the Dragon, Better Call Saul, and Ozark) I enjoyed HotD the most. I didn’t particularly like the final seasons of BCS or Ozark.

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  9. While I am surprised HotD won, I must admit that from the scifi/fantasy shows I am aware of, only Andor was better this year (and other genres I don’t value quite as much).
    So congrats!

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  10. A bit off topic (don’t all jump on me from a great height mods!!!!) but if anyone is interested in what Milly Alcock, young Rhaenyra, has been doing, she’s appeared in a Noel Gallagher video recently. Oasis are from Manchester but the location looks a lot like Cambridge Heath Road near Bethnal Green Underground station (east London). I don’t recognise the rocks but it’s more than a decade since I left London. https://embedy.cc/movies/QlhjeVlYenNPN1N0d3J5ZHkraWxObkUvMWxBdTl1U3dsWmZDakxMTXVoZz0=
    That said there are probably places in Manchester which resemble places in London.

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  11. Laughable to be honest. I’ll be shocked if it wins anything else (outside of craft awards). Severance should have won easily, or Better Call Saul. Generally, its a pretty weak year, so they should take them where they can get them

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  12. I’m happy that it won! I really loved watching it and I’m looking forward to S2. (Although I’m still of opinion the show could have started at later point with Alicent and Rhaenyra already being played by Cooke and D’Arcy and everything happening prior could have been what Robert’s Rebellion was to GoT)

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