The Emmy nominations are only a few short days away, with the announcements taking place live on Emmys.Com this Thursday morning at 8:40am Est. It’s the perfect time to brush up on that official submissions list from last month, and take a closer look at who’s in the running for Game of Thrones, and what their chances of garnering a nomination are.
Season 4 was filled with amazing episodes and amazing performances across the board, so our actors will not only be facing tough competition from other series, but also from each other.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
What can be said about Charles Dance? Certainly a lot, and much of it can be found in our Curtain Call. A great way to send off Tywin Lannister would be with an Emmy nod, but unfortunately, it’s probably going to go to the one who stuck him with a couple of arrows!
Nomination Odds: 10/1
So far, Peter has been nominated every year for his work on Game of Thrones, and there is certainly no need to end the tradition now. He was given more than enough to work with this season, and he didn’t miss a single beat. His trial speech alone is deserving of a nomination, and in my opinion, a second win. Even if you weren’t a fan of the beetle scene, imagine if someone else had delivered the lines.
Nomination Odds: 1/2
Without a doubt, this was Kit’s strongest season yet. He arguably became Jon Snow this year, and didn’t disappoint when he had to carry much of an entire episode on his own. And how about that sword fighting? Thank you, Pompeii. Unfortunately, it won’t be enough for a nomination, but he has our attention.
Nomination Odds: 25/1
Nikolaj was great this year, his final scene with Gwendoline, and his every frame from The Laws of Gods and Men stand out as his best moments of the season. But the story of this Supporting Actor race is that Peter Dinklage has it on lock.
Nomination Odds: 20/1
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia will return as a familiar face to voters on this year’s submission ballot. Dany’s arrival at the gates of Meereen was impressive, and our hearts broke with her as she chained her dragons, but it’s just not her year.
Nomination Odds: 15/1
Natalie did beautifully with everything she was given this year – her veiled disdain for Joffrey, going toe to toe with her future sister/mother-in-law Cersei, and of course, her visit with young Tommen and Ser Pounce! But her absence in the later episodes won’t help her chances.
Nomination Odds: 40/1
Lena may have one of the best chances among our supporting actresses to garner a nomination this year. She is a recognizable name, and although a certain scene had a fair bit of controversy this year, her performance remained untouched. She shone in Cersei’s silent moments, and her reaction to the death of her son was more than believable.
Nomination Odds: 10/1
Sansa had quite the transformation this year, and Sophie really came into her own as an actress. It’s going to be exciting to see where she will take us with Darth Sansa, which just might be enough for a nomination in the future!
Nomination Odds: 30/1
This is the one I think all of us fans are not-so-secretly hoping for the most. Her silent stare in the finale was the cherry on top of an outstanding season by Maisie. At just 17 she continues to impress in every single scene, even when standing beside the most seasoned of actors. While we’re at it, can we slip in a last minute submission for Rory McCann?
Nomination Odds: 6/1 (Please?)
Guest Actor in a Drama Series
If he doesn’t get nominated, we riot. Oberyn’s death sent shockwaves through the press and social media, and if the public’s reaction to his character is any indication of the number of votes he will get, Pedro is a shoo-in. He came and went in a blaze of glory, and I’m certainly hoping he snags the win as well.
Nomination Odds: 3/2
Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Coming off of her nomination last year, and another stellar performance as the Queen of Thorns (“Not now, Mace!”), Diana Rigg is a sure bet as well, even despite her lack of screen time in the second half of the season.
Nomination Odds: 5/2
Share your thoughts/odds/arguments in the comments below, and here’s hoping for a grand nomination celebration later this week!
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