Game of Thrones has won a lot of awards over it’s three year (and counting) run. But I think this one may just be the coolest. George R. R. Martin writes on his Not A Blog that he was in LA recently to attend the 2013 Media Access Awards, where he accepted the “Visionary Award” on behalf of Thrones.
The Media Access Awards honor “members of the entertainment and broadcast industries for their efforts in promoting awareness of the disability experience, accessibility for people with disabilities, and the accurate depiction of characters with disabilities.”
Martin shares this note he received:
David Radcliff, of the Writers With Disabilities Committee of the Writers Guild of America, West, wrote to inform me of this honor, saying, “Game of Thrones seems a natural fit for this recognition. Since its earliest episodes, your gripping series has introduced us to a paralyzed boy with a supernatural gift, has endeared us to a Little Person defined not by his height but by his wit, and has regularly mined the lives of “cripples, bastards, and broken things” to celebrate their strengths and complexities. In fact, it is a fantastic credit to your work that Game of Thrones is not commonly thought of as a show that “deals with” disability — it is something even better: a show that embraces the reality that no one is easily definable.”
Winter Is Coming: As I mentioned, I think this is a really cool award. One of the great things about this story is how Martin realistically portrays all types of people. From the big to the small, to the physically gifted to those with disabilities, each is given a fully-fleshed out portrayal. It makes the world seem that much more real. This award is well deserved. Congrats to George, David, Dan and the rest of the cast and crew!