WotW Awards Season 5: Best Supporting Actress – Preliminary Round

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A few weeks back, we asked you, the fans of Game of Thrones, to provide the pool of nominations for this year’s Watchers on the Wall Awards. The submissions have been sorted, scrutinized, and tallied, and the time has finally come for this year’s awards voting, celebrating season 5, to properly begin.

The first category you’ll all be voting on is Best Supporting Actress. But before we jump into that, we’d like to announce the nominations for Best Actress! The field for Best Actress is much narrower, and so like last year, five nominees will go straight to the finals of Best Actress with no need for a preliminary vote.

The actresses nominated for Best Actress are once again Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams. Congratulations!

Now, for the Best Supporting Actress voting!

In the preliminary round voting, we’re looking to narrow this group down to the top 5 performers. So, in order to find viewers’ top 5 picks for Best Supporting Actress, we’re asking that each of you select up to FIVE nominees from the poll. You can choose fewer if you like, but you cannot choose more than 5.

At the end of 72 hours (Thursday  8/20/15 at 9AM EDT), whichever five actresses have the most votes will continue on to the finals. (Note: in the final rounds, you will only have one vote to cast in each category!)

We’d like to give an extra special thank you to Greatjon of Slumber for handling the monumental task of tallying the nominations!

The results of this poll will be revealed when it’s time to choose the final winner of Best Supporting Actress, in a few weeks. For now, feel free to debate and campaign for your favorites.

Enjoy, and let the voting begin!

*Reminder: you may choose up to five nominees in this poll!*

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    1. I voted for Tara Fitzgerald, Kerry Ingram, Diana Rigg, Carice van Houten and Indira Varma (yes, I know, she’s from the Dorne storyline many people has criticized so much, but she’s still a magnetic actress).

      I hope either Kerry or Tara wins!

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    2. Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell
      Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon
      Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon
      Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
      Carice van Houten as Melisandre

      I want Kerry or Tara to win.

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    3. On Chrome I use Adblock and Ghostery though there is the odd pesky ad that slips through, though I have been okay for not being bothered by ads on Watchers on the Wall as a site thus far (on my main computer at least). My pet hates are the ones which DON’T close when you click on the x and the ones that tell me things like three people have “unfriended” me (what appalling grammar) on FaceBook when I’m not even on FaceBook.

      Getting back on topic, I’ve a soft spot for Shireen so would like Kerry Ingram to win but all these actresses were good in their own way so it’s difficult to make choices here.

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    4. Glad that the Awards are finally underway! Thank you to Sue, Greatjon of Slumber, and anyone else who helped to count the votes and organize the categories! I’m sure that it’s tedious work at times, but we all appreciate you volunteering your time to do it.

      Not surprised that Best Actress went straight to the finals. Lena, Sophie, Maisie, Emilia, and Gwendoline have pretty clearly established themselves in that respect, especially in recent years.

      In this category, I voted for the same five women I voted for in the nomination round:

      Kerry Ingram
      Carice van Houten
      Natalie Dormer
      Tara Fitzgerald
      Diana Rigg

      There are several awards – particularly in the non-acting fields – where I’m still deciding on who I’d like to see win. In this category, however, I’m pretty set on voting for Kerry Ingram if she makes the finals. It’s our last chance to recognize her for the delightful and heartbreakingly effective performance she gave as Shireen during her time on the show.

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    5. Voted for Kerry Ingram and Tara Fitzgerald. Their performances in the burning scene was one of best acting the series had.

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    6. Here are my choices:

      Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon
      Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon
      Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
      Carice van Houten as Melisandre
      Hannah Waddingham as Septa Unella

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    7. (In Order)
      Kerry Ingram
      Tara Fitzgerald
      Carice van Houten
      Indira Varma
      Faye Marsay

      I threw Indira Varma in there because, despite many viewers’ dislike for the Dorne storyline, she showed some great acting chops with the few scenes she had. She worked with what the script provided, and she delivered. Namely, I’m thinking of the short scene in which Doran gives her his ultimatum. I felt that all of her hopes for avenging Oberyn (justified or not) were crushed, and that Ellaria must have felt like she was losing him all over again.

      Not that it mattered, in the end, did it? But I can’t fault the actress for that!

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    8. Excepting Porne characters, all of them deserve some recognition. In some way or another, they nailed their scenes (including Myranda, that was a nice and unexpected surprise for a prop original character!)

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    9. Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell
      Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
      Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon
      Hannah Murray as Gilly
      Carice van Houten as Melisandre

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    10. SlayerNina,

      you see its insult like this, that make it hard to take you serious.

      don’t make me talk about Arrianne’s huge black nipples, or some guy c**ing in Tyene’s hands, or Arys in Arianne, or…….. see i can play the game too.

      it the show we only had Tyene’s nude scene.

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    11. GhostCR,

      I second this, Indira Varma was great. Natalie Dormer was solid as always, seeing her flip shit on Cersie was awesome.
      Talking about that scene, I wish they took it up a notch where Margery gets up, slowly walks toward Cersie while throwing insults. Cersei freaks out, retreast toward the door then starts banging thevdoor for help. It would’ve made an intense scene.

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    12. My page a day calendar quote for 17-august:

      How much can a crown be worth, when a crow can dine upon a king?
      -Jaime Lannister -A Feast for Crows

      Bonus for this past weekend which I thought was good:

      I never wanted to see half the things I’ve seen, and I’ve never seen half the things I wanted to.
      -“Dolorous” Edd Tollett -A Feast for Crows

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    13. Voted for Carice, Kerry, Tara, Natalie and Charlotte Hope, who did a lot with Myranda this year, and really got across the resentment she feels as being the “other” woman.

      The counting was interesting. The Sand Snakes got 3 votes between them – I threw one to Rosabell, who I felt was strong and stood out, while Sue the Fury tossed a vote to Keisha and Jessica, and, well, none of them are likely to make the top 5, and Indira Varma looks like an also-ran this time too, judging by preliminary nominations. I guess we’ll see on that front.

      Huzzah!

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    14. also gave a vote to tyene. really liked the prison scene, I know what you think, but no.
      I liked the scene because it reminded me of Oberyn with the Lannister guards. the smile, the eyes….etc. they all reminded me of Oberyn.
      So i think that was a great bit of acting

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    15. Just give it to Miss Ingram already. She’s had my vote since the 3rd season. She’ll be missed. Rh’llor and his delusionals can suck it.

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    16. Dormer as Queen Margerey Tyrell
      Ingram as Shireen Baratheon
      Waddingham as Septa Unella
      Fitzgerrald as Selyse Baratheon
      Rosabell laurenti-sellers as Tyene Sand

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    17. MVC,

      You can email us using the Contact Us form. We will try to block them BUT they are called by Javascript meaning it’s a dynamic call that we cannot control. So blocking them probably won’t have much if any effect. We have suggested some solutions to the redirect problem on our FAQ page.

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    18. Mihnea,

      Then explain me.

      I think the fact that they erased on purpose the only feminist kingdom in Westeros, the only real feminist plot at the moment (Myrcella’s crowning) and the most feminist character (Arianne), to change into the stories of Ellaria “revenge, revenge, revengeeeeee” (I didn’t start about the racism thing about how the brownies became serial killers and murdered the innocent virginal white princess), Trystane the womanizer heir, the Sand Snakes strong warrior bitches, on the patriarchy realm of fuck and fight justify why I call it Porne instead of Dorne.

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    19. Natalie Dormer
      Kerry Ingram
      Hannah Murray–took a role that could have been thankless, and made it memorable.
      Diana Rigg
      Carice Van Houten–for that last look she gives when asked about what happened to Stannis.

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    20. Natalie Dormer or Diana Rigg. And bring back the Tyrells next season. I was annoyed that they just dropped them and didn’t say what happens – are they still in jail? Did Natalie do the walk of shame as well? Did they go back home?

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    21. SlayerNina,

      The nickname Porne was created under the assumption that the reason the showrunners chose Dorne over the Iron Islands was so they could exploit nude and sexy women in an exotic environment. Despite Dorne’s other problems, they only had one nude scene which was actually pretty well done. You can criticize the storyline all you want, but you just might want to get a new nickname. Porne doesn’t fit.

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    22. Dame Pasty,

      Eh, bothering you guys about it seems like just that: bothering you. (If you’d said, “Yes, please, message us!” I would, of course.) However! I did isolate the “payload” delivery for the current crop of malvertising. They are pesky and all of my attempts to interrupt aren’t working, but if I come up with one I’ll email you guys the code to put in.

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    23. SlayerNina:
      Mihnea,

      Then explain me.

      I think the fact that they erased on purpose the only feminist kingdom in Westeros, the only real feminist plot at the moment (Myrcella’s crowning) and the most feminist character (Arianne), to change into the stories of Ellaria “revenge, revenge, revengeeeeee” (I didn’t start about the racism thing about how the brownies became serial killers and murdered the innocent virginal white princess), Trystane the womanizer heir, the Sand Snakes strong warrior bitches, on the patriarchy realm of fuck and fight justify why I call it Porne instead of Dorne.

      Yes, they did omit the fact females can legitimately inherit in Dorne, I’m not sure what you mean by saying they did it on purpose, though. Regarding Arianne, in my view, she was not a particularly feminist character. I saw her as rather cliche in that when she wasn’t trying to cause problems for daddy, because she thought he was trying to cut her out, she was rolling around with Oakheart. It also strikes me as rather interesting you claim racism as you use the term “the brownies.” Finally, in the books, Dorne is known for their hot-blooded inhabitants, both in terms of sex and fighting. Is it your contention they emphasize sex and fighting in Dorne even more in the show?

      As far as the award goes, I’ll be really surprised (and disappointed) if Kerry doesn’t run away with this category!

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    24. Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell
      Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon
      Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon
      Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
      Carice van Houten as Melisandre

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    25. My choices as well (Dormer, Ingram, Rigg, Van Houten, and Murray). I will vote for Kerry Ingram because this year she ran the gamut of expression and emotion, under heavy make-up, AND utterly broke everyone’s heart. Besides, all the others’ characters survive to emote another day.

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    26. Natalie Dormer
      Kerry Ingram
      Tara Fitzgerald
      Faye Marsay
      Hannah Waddingham

      To my surprise, a couple other actresses putting strong performances didn’t really do much this past season. For instance Carice van Houten didn’t quite seem to have any scenes that would impress me in any way.

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    27. Oh, and I forgot to throw a thanks at Greatjon of Slumber for basically making this happen.

      Thanks!

      EDIT: Alright, I should also thank WotW overall for this. Thank you all as well.

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    28. Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell
      Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon
      Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon
      Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
      Carice van Houten as Melisandre

      Natalie Dormer because I love her character
      Tara Fitzgerald because of her breakdown after shireens barbecue
      Kerry Ingram because gimme 1 reason why not
      Diana Rigg because she steals every scene she’s in
      Carice van Houten because I can’t think of any1 else portraying Melisandre

      I know this is best supporting actress but can I nominate myself just because I love the award (not best supporting actress but the crow ) omg some1 make 1 please …
      Gonna nominate myself for every award

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    29. Congrats to the Best Actress nominees!

      The Team Dragonstone women were the easiest to vote for in this category. Kerry Ingram is probably going to win this one and she will certainly get my vote in the last round. I also think Tara Fitzgerald deserves credit for playing such a difficult character – it’s easy for a fanatic to seem cartoonish, but she not only pulled off a subtle performance as a religious nut, but her change of heart in her last big scene, which is kind of incredible. And Carice van Houten deserves a spot for the way she played loss of confidence and certainty in Melisandre in the finale.

      My other two spots ended up going to the Tyrell women. Even though Diana Rigg was only in a couple episodes, I think the combination of her scenes with Cersei, Littlefinger, and especially the High Sparrow constitute her best work on the series so far, including seasons in which her appearances were more frequent. Natalie Dormer got my last vote, because she is always excellent and had some strong scenes, especially in “High Sparrow.”

      However, I am kind of feeling like I should have given that last slot to Hannah Murray, who was really good as Gilly this season. Oh well.

      Most of the other choices I didn’t pick more because of the character as written, rather than as acted. Charlotte Hope was fine, but I could not muster much interest for that character, unfortunately. I think all of the Sand Snake actresses were fine, but I didn’t like very much of the material they were given, sexy cell scene included.

      Honestly surprised to see votes for Indira Varma here. I thought she was good in Season 4, but her delivery this season was often odd and kind of irritating. I don’t think her material was great either, but she didn’t exactly elevate it, in my opinion.

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    30. Kerry Ingram
      Diana Rigg
      Tara Fitzgerald
      Hannah Murray
      Hannah Waddingham

      Waddingham, I believe, needs more attention. She was always going to be overshadowed by Lena Headey, but at the end of the day I remember her line(s) much better than Cersei’s.

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    31. SlayerNina,

      1. They did not erase Dorne (wish they had; wish Martin had, too).
      2. Arianne is not a “feminist” character. She’s an idiot with an idiotic plot who seduces an idiotic kingsguard, and gets him killed.
      3. Ellaria in the novel doesn’t want revenge; she wants to be a good mother. Ellaria in the show wants revenge. Neither is feminist, or anti-feminist.
      5. I’d argue the show is more feminist than the novels when it comes to Dorne. In the show, the Sand Snakes obey Ellaria, who manipulates Jaime and Doran, gets rid of Trystane, and starts her war. In the novels, Arianne and the Sand Snakes learn to obey Doran, which turns Dorne into another kingdom where male rulers plot.
      6. Sadly, I couldn’t nominate anyone from Dorne for an acting award. The writing stank, as did the acting. That, though, says nothing about feminism.

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    32. Tara Fitzgerald (Super under rated actress, created a really interesting minor character.)
      Rosabell Laurenti-Sellers (“The Most with the least” pick, meaning, I think she [and the other Sandsnakes] were really underwritten as characters, but she brought something to the table that made her stand out among them…and it wasn’t just THAT scene.)
      Faye Marsay (I thought her performance really helped bring out the atmosphere of The House of Black and White.)
      Carice van Houten (Will probably get my vote to win. She’s just always great. That look she gave Davos in the Finale…wow.)
      Kerry Ingram (To be perfectly honest, a lot of other actresses on the show are definitely better actors than her [though with this cast that isn’t much of a knock], but I don’t feel like they really did much this season . Ingram’s work this season also probably isn’t nomination worthy on its own, it’s more for everything thing she did these past three seasons that helped make it so devastating in the end. Oh, and her screams…)

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    33. Young Dragon,

      Tyene, who in the books is a 23 year old wannabe nun now seeks the approval of a man (“Am I beautiful?”) through showing her boobs, and that’s her only talking scene, excepting cry “Mama!” in the first scene. The casting call was limited to 18-19 years old actresses and that was exactly the scene that the actresses had to perform. So basically the GOT team watched around 300 actresses barely legal showing boobs.

      To me, she was not like Oberyn at all. And the palm game? I thought they tried to make her look clever, but it felt to me like a spoiled brat. But that is my opinion.

      Myrcella was recast to a younger actress (15) and has more cleveage than Natalie Dormer.

      And somewhat, Dorne is Las Vegas of Westeros. Incest? Who cares! What happens in Dorne stays in Dorne!

      But hey, it’s not Porne.

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    34. Maria:
      SlayerNina,

      1. They did not erase Dorne (wish they had; wish Martin had, too).
      2. Arianne is not a “feminist” character. She’s an idiot with an idiotic plot who seduces an idiotic kingsguard, and gets him killed.
      3. Ellaria in the novel doesn’t want revenge; she wants to be a good mother. Ellaria in the show wants revenge. Neither is feminist, or anti-feminist.
      5. I’d argue the show is more feminist than the novels when it comes to Dorne. In the show, the Sand Snakes obey Ellaria, who manipulates Jaime and Doran, gets rid of Trystane, and starts her war. In the novels, Arianne and the Sand Snakes learn to obey Doran, which turns Dorne into another kingdom where male rulers plot.
      6. Sadly, I couldn’t nominate anyone from Dorne for an acting award. The writing stank, as did the acting. That, though, says nothing about feminism.

      1. Wish they had erase Dorne too. At least, THAT Dorne. I don’t know what they were thinking about. There’s too many plotholes there (Doran is… the guy sit in a chair and he can’t do anything, all the characters feel ridiculous and out of place, Trystane is now sailing to a dangerous place with the dead body of his girlfriend and his angry uncle/father… And the writing or acting… C’mon, Xena the Warrior Princess was 10000 times better.
      2. All of this exploits in her face, OK, but Arianne reclaims her rightbirth after think that her father prefers a male heir and she fights for Myrcella’s right (because we have to admit it, of the three Lannister babys, Myrcella could be a good queen). And Arianne’s rights are an unique situation on the Seven Kingdoms: they are not based on her family (male) name, she doesn’t inherit through marriage or she inherits because she’s the last living baby. And that’s quite interesting and progressive.
      3. Ellaria’s not feminist or antifeminist on the books, ok. Ellaria’s being the scorned woman wanting revenge for dead lover is an antifeminist cliché. Double cliché because she’s bisexual, triple cliché because she’s “exotic”, quadruple cliché because she’s the paramour of the villain (in this case, Martells are the crazy bad people and the Lannisters the good). And that’s a really good amount of sexist clichés on only one character.
      4. They obey Doran, but because he’s the voice of the reason, not because he’s a man. But there’s a real problem on feminist writing, since the show has turned Mama Martell on Papa Martell the day Oberyn and Elia met the soon to be wife/husband Lannister: the dornish welcome mixed envoy to Joffrey’s Wedding into only male envoy; erase all the hints about equal sex birthrights; and they had a really, really long track about show boobs for no discerneable reason, rape females that are not raped, threat with rape females not threatened, change feminist characters on sexist characters, sexed up females not sexed and create characters and plots just to show sexual violence on them, I think my doubt is legitimated, right?

      And we all know they do that because they want Cersei the tiger mom victim, Dany the Mother of Dragons and Arya the badass. Like when we started to root for the Boltons (the Boltons!) because Stannis is a horrible dad.

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    35. Diana Rigg is obviously the best actress of them all, however, judging from what they actually performed on the show I’ll go without a doubt with Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon.

      She stole every scene she was in, robbed the audience hearts, and made lots of people cry. What more can you ask?

      (are the poosey spices nominated as a joke?)

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    36. Kerry Ingram will get my final vote.

      I did think Rosabell was sexy, funny, and fascinating.

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    37. If Kerry Ingram doesn’t win, then people don’t care about good acting.

      And the Emmy nominations prove that so…

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    38. Only picked 4 that I felt strongly deserved a nod, Mel, Shireen, Selyse and the QoT, the rest had a meeehhhhh impact to me.

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    39. Is this still open? I just wanted to say…

      KERRY INGRAM. No contest. She took a relatively minor character from the books and brought her to life in a big way, and that horrific, gut-wrenching scene in The Dance of Dragons wouldn’t have meant nearly as much were it not for that.

      Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the actresses people have mentioned so far. But this was Kerry’s season. I’m confident she’ll win this, too.

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