The Academy of TV Arts & Sciences has posted the official ballots for the 2013 Emmy Awards. These are the lists that each Academy member will use to vote for their nominees. HBO and the Game of Thrones producers choose which episodes and performers they would like to submit for each category, while actors are also free to submit themselves. Here are those submissions:
Supporting Actor: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington
Supporting Actress: Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Sibel Kekilli
Guest Performer: Ciarán Hinds, Diana Rigg
Director: Alex Graves (And Now His Watch Is Ended), David Nutter (The Rains Of Castamere), Dan Minahan (Valar Dohaeris), David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (Walk Of Punishment)
Writing: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (The Rains of Castamere)
Cinematography: Anette Haellmigk (And Now His Watch Is Ended), Rob McLachlan (Mhysa), Chris Seager (The Bear And The Maiden Fair), David Katznelson (The Climb), Jonathan Freeman (Valar Dohaeris), Matthew Jensen (Walk Of Punishment)
Editing: Katie Weiland (And Now His Watch Is Ended), Frances Parker (Dark Wings, Dark Words), Oral Ottey (The Rains Of Castamere)
Art Direction: Valar Dohaeris, Kissed By Fire
Costumes: Walk of Punishment
Hair: Second Sons
Makeup: Kissed By Fire
Makeup (Prosthetic): Valar Dohaeris
Sound Editing: And Now His Watch Is Ended
Stunt Coordination: Kissed By Fire
The full series was also submitted in the Drama and Casting categories.
The nominees this year will be announced on July 15. The winners of the technical awards will be announced on Sept. 15 and the rest of the winners will be announced during the live telecast on Sept. 22.
Winter Is Coming: I just don’t get why HBO doesn’t submit Maisie Williams or Sophie Turner? I know the odds of them getting nominated are very slim, but at least give them a chance. They are some of the best actors on the show. I’m also confused by the decision to submit each director but only one of the writers (well two, technically, but you know what I mean).
Other than that, not too many surprises. I expect, much like the past two seasons, Thrones will receive lots of technical nominations as well as one acting nom (Dinklage) and an outstanding drama series nod. Although I’m really hoping for Dinklage to be replaced by Coster-Waldau this year. That’s no knock on Peter, I just felt he didn’t have as much to do this season and Nikolaj consistently knocked it out of the park. What do you think?