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Critics’ Choice Awards: First laurel for Season 3

Last night the 3rd Critics’ Choice Television Awards took place, and Game of Thrones won the big one – Best Drama Series. Well, the win was split with Breaking Bad in a tie, but no one minds that.

Congratulations!

The rest of the GoT nominees missed out, but there is no doubt in my mind that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, and Diana Rigg (not to mention the rest of the fine talent on the show) are going to get nominated and win other awards. The year has started well!

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  • Fantastic! Will be interesting to see with awards season and this being the last year of Breaking Bad. It’s a fantastic show but I think the fact it’s finishing this summer/fall will give it an even bigger boost. Tough competition there.

  • Breaking Bad is such a phenomenal show, the only one I love more than GOT. Glad to see them both honored. August 11 just seems so long to wait for the BB premiere especially now that GOT season 3 wrapped and there are no good shows until then! I wish Jonathan Banks and Anna Gunn had also won, especially after Skyler’s showcase episode “51” directed by Rian Johnson.

  • Lets not forget about Michelle Fairley. She displayed so much pasion as Catelyn, and that final scene was heartbreaking. It would be a real crime if she wasn’t at least nominated for something.

  • Congratulations! And btw if any TV series deserves to be in a tie with GoT, its Breaking Bad, that show is brilliant as well. Glad to see them both honoured.

  • Congrats to both shows and Bryan Cranston on winning best actor for Breaking Bad, well deserved, there’s no one better than him.

  • Nice to see some critical recognition.

    I like Breaking Bad quite a bit, but this last half-season was pretty pointless, to my mind. That’s fine, though, they got screwed out of previously deserved awards.

    Nice to see Tatiana Maslany win. She was pretty awesome in Orphan Black.

  • My 2 favourite shows on TV !!!
    Both very well deserved.
    Most deserving GoT actors this year are Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (bath scene) Peter Dinklage (wedding threat) Michelle Fairley (Red Wedding) and Diana Rigg (any appearance!)

  • GeekFurious,

    Yes, but blame AMC on that . They didn’t want to make an 16 episode season even though the shit show named The Walking Dead has them .

  • Michael274:
    GeekFurious,

    Yes, but blame AMC on that . They didn’t want to make an 16 episode season even though the shit show named The Walking Dead has them .

    I don’t really know if that is it. They’ve been dragging out Walter’s “development” for a long time now. Spending eight episodes on stagnation there for a side diversion into Mike… eh.

  • If anyone deserves a nomination, it’s Michelle Fairley. Fantastic performance!!!!!
    Emilia Clarke…. Not so much.

  • Dance also did a great job, but NCW really deserves best supporting this year. Maybe Dance next year?

  • Anna Gunn should have won, and there should have been a tie between NCW and Jonathan Banks, both were phenomenal.

  • I was looking at the nominations just yesterday. I didn’t realize they were awarding so soon. Anyway, my opinion was that Breaking Bad was the only one that could beat GoT. I also assumed there was no way they’d give it to GoT over it even if deserved. A tie wasn’t expected so I guess it’s still true. Good news though.

  • BRILLIANT!!! Keep the awards coming!

    Nan: August 11 just seems so long to wait for the BB premiere especially now that GOT season 3 wrapped and there are no good shows until then!

    Suits starts July 16th! Fantastic show–and Michelle Fairley and Conleth Hill are in it this season!

  • There’s no shame in sharing an award with Breaking Bad. Congrats to both shows! I can’t help but feel sad that AMC doesn’t have a sugar daddy like HBO (Time Warner). The reason why Breaking Bad and even the terrible Walking Dead is getting the shaft is because of Mad Men. Weiner literally whined his network into giving him half their budget. This is why Both BB and TWD have split a single season and repackaged into multiple seasons. Also the reason why TWD keeps hiring new show runners every year (since they all quit once they realize they got a bag of makeup and 20 extras to run the show every year).

    Despite how great TWD would have been with a decent budget, I think the biggest tragedy from Mad Men would be Breaking Bad. BB is a better show than MM and even though it’s co-financed by Sony it’s still not getting enough money to close out its final season. One has to wonder what would have happened if Carolyn Strauss did NOT pass on MM for HBO. Perhaps BB and TWD would be even better than they are at the moment.

    This is all to say, despite all the bitching going on regarding GoT, we need to thank our lucky stars we’re on HBO. The boobs are nice but the money from the network to give a first rate production is even better!

  • seven hells, now the bashing against the actresses starts again…
    can’t we just all be happy that some game of thrones actores and actresses were nominated and game of thrones won? c’mon

  • Michael274,

    TWD makes them $$$. So cranking out the meandering zombie show is no big deal for them. Breaking Bad doesn’t even get half the audience of TWD. Even though it should. Breaking Bad is the best show AMC has by a mile.

  • Please no BB spoilers for those of us who are only caught up to S4. (I refuse to buy episodes of a show that I theoretically should be able to watch for free with my cable subscription, so I’m going to wait until AMC starts re-runs running up to S5 part 2).

    Anyway. BB is amazing and for GoT to share Best Show with it is just peaches. Hopefully a sign of more things to come…

  • Am I the only one who thinks Emilia Clarke is pretty darned terrific (especially this year, compared with Season 2, when her material was kinda lame)? I think she’s really well cast and doing great work as Daenerys.

  • I really don’t know what’s up with Diana Rigg.

    OK, we got our Maggie Smith! So what? She isn’t THAT good. Maybe she is, but she appeared only couple of times this season, had no story-line, she only delivered a few snapping lines while sitting!!!

    While Michelle Fairley had a full story-line, as well as Emilia, as well as Lena, as well as Natalie Dormer… All of them had scenes, real scenes, not just monologues and dialogues.

    The only reason why Diana Rigg would get an award will be because she is Diana Rigg and because of all the buzz her appearance generated.

  • Josla,

    Word! she’s an amazing actress.
    in general we have a wonderful cast, be grateful and stop complaining The Kingslayer

  • Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams deserve an Emmy more than Diana Rigg…

    But we all know that’s not going to happen.

  • Maxie,

    probably i’m one of a few people who agree. Diana Rigg is overrated, sorry. but i don’t want to complain, she did a great job as Lady Olenna. her scenes were flawless. but nevertheless i think she’s a bit overrated. just a bit.

  • Josla: Because she’s doing a great job and totally deserves recognition.

    great job? seriously? all i see it’s the same facial expression in last three years

  • GreatJon of Slumber:
    Am I the only one who thinks Emilia Clarke is pretty darned terrific (especially this year, compared with Season 2, when her material was kinda lame)? I think she’s really well cast and doing great work as Daenerys.

    People often take their like for an actor, or their character, and the fact that they didn’t botch up the season, or had some good moments, as meaning the actor should be nominated for an Emmy.

    Granted, Emmy voters don’t seem to consider actual talent most of the time. They vote for buzz, or trends, or who showed up to their summer party vs the person who didn’t.

  • There are so many fantastic actors and actresses on the show. Some are better than others but I don’t think any of them are bad atall.

  • I’d also like to see Michelle Fairley get her due. Not just for this season, but for the work she has done the last 3 years to make Catelyn such an strong, sympathetic character. If she hadn’t worked so hard to make her character real, the end of the RW wouldn’t have carried the emotional weight it did. So, that’s my 2 cents.

    Also, Maisie Williams deserves the credit for some absolutely stand-out moments this season.

  • Maxie:
    I really don’t know what’s up with Diana Rigg.

    OK, we got our Maggie Smith! So what? She isn’t THAT good. Maybe she is, but she appeared only couple of times this season, had no story-line, she only delivered a few snapping lines while sitting!!!

    While Michelle Fairley had a full story-line, as well as Emilia, as well as Lena, as well as Natalie Dormer… All of them had scenes, real scenes, not just monologues and dialogues.

    The only reason why Diana Rigg would get an award will be because she is Diana Rigg and because of all the buzz her appearance generated.

    She was nominated for ‘guest’ actress – everyone in that category has only had a few scenes, that’s the point of the category. The other actresses you mention are all in the main cast and have had more screentime so wouldn’t be eligible for the award, they would be up for supporting actress if anything.

    I agree that Fairley deserves to be at least nominated

  • Drfunk:
    Also the reason why TWD keeps hiring new show runners every year (since they all quit once they realize they got a bag of makeup and 20 extras to run the show every year).

    The reason S2 was mostly on the farm is because AMC demanded a budget cut to its highest rated show, so most of the season was on several sets. It baffles me how this channel can fuck over like that the show with ratings that most network shows would be proud of. AMC is run by a bunch of idiots who don’t appreciate their shows.

  • How can Jane Fonda win over Diana Rigg? wow I’m shocked, nothing about her performance on the Newsroom stood out at all

  • Part of it with Diana Rigg (who I thought was really good as Lady Olenna, but had her last great scene in Ep 6 w/ Tywin), is that unlike Downton Abbey, where you have 14 people all playing the same variation of “stuffy upper-crust Edwardian snob,” on GoT you’ve got 20-25 memorable characters, including the likes of those who appear in 2 episodes like Dan Hildebrand (3 appearances as Kraznys), Kerry Ingram (2 appearances as the adorable Shireen), or hell, even 5 minutes of Patrick Malahide. They’re all so different and ridiculous in their own way, so the “Dowager Countess of Westeros” is like one more nut added to a big bowl of nuts.

    On Downton they all run the same kind of territory. So having 2-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith out there to trade barbs with everyone and ask, “What is a weekend?” Well, it stands out.

  • GreatJon of Slumber:
    Am I the only one who thinks Emilia Clarke is pretty darned terrific (especially this year, compared with Season 2, when her material was kinda lame)? I think she’s really well cast and doing great work as Daenerys.

    You’re definitely not the only one. She’s been killing it this year.

  • Drfunk,

    Mad Men is one of the best shows in the history of television. Have you ever watched an episode ? Matthew Weiner has been able to create an atmosphere, that no other show could have created, it’s more than 3D, of course, not everyone understands Art.

  • love G O T best show since the sopranos but why does nobody in america talk about broadwalk empire top show

  • Lux,

    Meh, i find it pretty boring . I can appreciate art but when none of the characters except one or two or the story interest me i don’t care . IMO Boardwalk Empire is far more interesting as a period show, but maybe that’s because i appreciate more mobster stories than Madison Avenue salesmen

  • Congratulations to GoT! And a tie with BB is pretty cool too. Wish NCW had won – maybe one of the other prizes will be come his way. Emilia too. There is another good show out there – AMC’s “The Killing” – it got cancelled, but somehow they brought it back. Cute Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman and excellent actress Mireille Enos. And if you like Seattle – great shots of Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, etc. – and lots and lots of rain!

  • This year has to be the year GOT wins the big awards, they were bold and produced a quality season. If GOT doesn’t win the best drama awards this year it will never win them.

    Breaking Bad winning over GOT I can stomach but if they dare award Homeland two years in a row I will lose my mind.

  • Michelle, Lena, or even Maisie or Sophie deserve the nomination over Emilia. Sorry Emilia, you aren’t bad, but not award-worthy yet.

    Personally, I’m glad Tatiana Maslany won for the best actress. She is incredible in Orphan Black. It’s so funny to see the video where she’s declared winner and nobody knows who she is, you can see the ? mark over the people’s face around he hahahaha. :D

  • Nice to see Tatiana Maslany win. She was pretty awesome in Orphan Black.

    I thought both Michelle and Gwen were outstanding this year, but Maslany totally deserved that award (even though I thought they’d never award her).

    Best acting in season 3 for me was done by Nikolaj, Michelle, and Gwen. No contest.

    And Carolyn Strauss has a genius eye.

  • Maisie Williams is the only actress from GOT who truely deserves to be put forward for best actress awards. Michelle is a good actress but she wasn’t given enough screen time this season to warrant a nomination.

  • Breaking Bad is the best show on TV and has been for several years (for the record, I thought Game of Thrones has been the second best show over that time frame). The only real question now is if it goes down as the best show ever (passing both The Sopranos and The Wire, depending on one’s preference). The last eight episodes will make that determination, but given that it just never makes bad episodes (seriously, not one), I think it will end up as the greatest show ever made.

  • The Wire still holds the crown for me. It had such unique dense writing, perfect acting from every one of the thousand characters, and while it was harrowing, there was enough humour that it didn’t leave you hopeless. I love GoT, and have followed it since day one, but damn these last couple of eps have just left me feeling just fucking terrible. The wolf head thing kept me awake two nights in a row.

  • I do agree that Breaking Bad has the potential to crack the G.O.A.T discussion that for a while has been dominated by The Wire and The Sopranos.

  • Al Swearengen:
    Maisie Williams is the only actress from GOT who truely deserves to be put forward for best actress awards. Michelle is a good actress but she wasn’t given enough screen time this season to warrant a nomination.

    Agree 100%

  • To those discussing the merits versus the limitations of Emilia Clarke ….

    Perhaps not many of you posting here can remember the young Helena Bonham Carter in her Lady Jane and Room with a View days. Very inexperienced in those days, just new to her career but she had flashes of real potential. Clarke has always reminded me of the young HBC. She has a long way to go yet, but there is definitely some promise, which Emilia shows in the odd moment.

  • Very nice to see acknowledgement from critical observers and peers
    More will follow as the candle continues to burn bright *>*

  • Morrigan:
    Michelle, Lena, or even Maisie or Sophie deserve the nomination over Emilia. Sorry Emilia, you aren’t bad, but not award-worthy yet.

    Personally, I’m glad Tatiana Maslany won for the best actress. She is incredible in Orphan Black. It’s so funny to see the video where she’s declared winner and nobody knows who she is, you can see the ? mark over the people’s face around he hahahaha. :D

    Orphan Black won ?! Oh my, I’m happy with that , sorry Michelle Fairly. I hope
    there are other awards open to Ms Fairley’s recognition.