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Game of Thrones picks up 20 Emmy nominations!

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Emmy AwardsThe nominations for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and Game of Thrones has once again received several nominations for television’s highest honors.

GoT made an impressive showing in this year’s nominations, with 20 nods including one for best drama series. Lena Headey has joined the race for best supporting actress, and Peter Dinklage and Diana Rigg will once again be vying for acting awards.

The nominations for the 2014 awards include:

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress – Lena Headey
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor – Peter Dinklage
  • Outstanding Guest Actress – Diana Rigg
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (“The Children”)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – Neil Marshall (“The Watchers on the Wall”)
  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series- Nina Gold and Robert Sterne
  • Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)- Ramin Djawadi
  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera)
  • Outstanding Cinematography (2 nominations):
    • Jonathan Freeman (“Two Swords”)
    • Anette Haellmigk (“The Lion and the Rose”)
  • Outstanding Costumes for a Series (“The Lion and the Rose”)
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series (“The Lion and the Rose”)
  • Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series-Non-Prosthetic (“Oathkeeper”)
  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (“The Children”)
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series (“The Watchers on the Wall”)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series – One Hour (“The Watchers on the Wall”)
  • Outstanding Special and Visual Effects
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Miniseries Or Movie
  • Outstanding Interactive Program – Game of Thrones Premiere : Facebook Live and Instagram

The winners will be announced at the Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25th, 2014.

Ours is the Fury: I know a lot of fans were really counting on Pedro Pascal being nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor, but it was always something of a long shot, with this being his first major role. The nominees for that award, these days, are usually faces more familiar to the Television Academy voters. I’m very happy that Headey was nominated, after years of strong performances, and it is great to see Ramin Djawadi’s score nominated. What do you think of the nominations?

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  • Other sites are reporting 19 nominations? I’m confused about the cinematography nominations…

    Psyched for Headey! Sad for Pascal.

  • Peter
    Ar direction
    Special and Visual effects
    Sound editing
    Costumes
    Hairstyles

    These are the most safe wins in my opinion.

  • D’Arcy,

    Count ‘em. It’s 20. I think sometimes they don’t count maybe the Interactive Special type awards as part of the official count, but whatever, an award is an award.

  • I’d be pissed about Pedro Pascal and Sophie Turner being snubbed but we’re going to lose to a half-season of a show that ended a year ago in all of the first categories anyway

  • Didn’t even notice that Ramin Djawadi got a nom for outstanding music composition. Awesome!

  • I’m sad about Charles Dance and Pedro Pascal missing out :(

    Oh well, NCW 2.0

    Anyways, moving on. This is great news for the show, and they absolutely deserved it! Best season so far, and receiving the most nominations in the drama category, ahead of more emmy-friendly shows like Breaking Bad and True Detective, is monumental.

    I predict a win for Peter Dinklage and for many of the editing categories (sadly, I expect TD to get directing and BB writing).
    What makes me most excited for this, though, is that Lena Heady has become an actual contender. She will have fantastic material next year, and I can definitely see her winning!

  • I feel like they missed out on something big in the supporting actress side but I can’t remember who (love Lena but next season should be her season). Was it Sophie?

    Anyway, the Emmys only go for obvious names. They would never give people like Pedro Pascal a chance when they’ve got Peter Dinklage, Lena Heady and Diana Rig. Not that they weren’t perfect in season 4 but still.

  • Can anyone tell me who else was nominated for best supporting actor (Aaron Paul?) and best supporting actress and best drama (breaking bad mad men and orange is the new black maybe?)

  • Diana Rigg?
    Great actress, and I think she should have been nominated last year, but she was barely in this season at all. (I think I’m just upset there is no Alfie Allen recognition!)

  • Fantastic! Happy about Lena and Peter. Both definitely deserved the nomination this year. Cool to see Diana Rigg pick up another nom, as well. Bummed about no Pedro though. Although his exclusion won’t lessen the enjoyment of the actual ceremony since, for some reason, guest actor awards aren’t announced during the main telecast.

    Hopefully we can get a few wins, outside of all the technical awards, where they always clean up. I feel that this was the best season yet and I’m hoping Emmy voters feel the same. Congrats to the whole cast and crew!

  • jentario,

    Nothing’s ever guaranteed. Season 3 was supposed to be Nicolaj’s year and look how that turned out. Glad for Lena, Peter, Diana, D&D, etc. A little suprised that “The Children” won a nomination as I thought it wasn’t even the best episode of the season. Good to see GoT get recognition though.

  • Turncloak,

    Yo Sophie Turner in episode eight was the stand out performance other than Peter and Rory, since we don’t have a chance in the category anyway she could have been the young beautiful talented wildcard

    That said Lena Headey in 4-05 was pretty outstanding and she got quite a few scenes that episode, I hope that’s what they submit

  • House Mormont:
    I’d be pissed about Pedro Pascal and Sophie Turner being snubbed but we’re going to lose to a half-season of a show that ended a year ago in all of the first categories anyway

    Do people really think Sophie Turner is doing some great acting on the show, after seeing her on screen for what, 15 minutes total? I mean she’s ok but not really Emmy worthy.

  • Premislaus: Do people really think Sophie Turner is doing some great acting on the show, after seeing her on screen for what, 15 minutes total? I mean she’s ok but not really Emmy worthy.

    This. Sophie is great but there are so many better performances out there, even on her own show

  • Think that I am happiest about the Djwaldi nom – he has deserved this for years now. Hoping for a win there!

  • House Mormont:
    Turncloak,

    Yo Sophie Turner in episode eight was the stand out performance other than Peter and Rory, since we don’t have a chance in the category anyway she could have been the young beautiful talented wildcard

    That said Lena Headey in 4-05 was pretty outstanding and she got quite a few scenes that episode, I hope that’s what they submit

    If there was “a young talented beautiful wildcard” slot for game of thrones it would most likely go to Maisie anyway. Her performance as Arya Stark is stronger imo

  • Seriously, fuck the Emmys. It’s a big fucking joke. It’s a contest of popularity that doesn’t give a shit about quality. Not nominating Pedro Pascal is a crime.

  • Ours is the Fury,

    Yes I know “The Children” was submitted but I thought it would be to the setriment of GOT to make that decision. However, i think you are write and voters pick the name of the series and not the episode

  • I wasn’t expecting nominations to Neil Marshall and Ramin Djawadi and I am pleasantly surprised.

  • I suddenly realize , after 4 years!, ….. there is no Lead Actor on GOT?
    That seems to fit Dinklage better.
    If Neil Marshall wins I think it will be for overlooking him with Blackwater.

    Ramin Djawadi! Three years late!

    Alas Dance , no nomination for four years!

    Finally Lena!

  • Wow congratulations to GoT!

    ramsayreek,

    I agree. Same with Headey she should have been nominated in Season 2 when she showed varied emotions. This Season all we got from her was rage.

  • Echoing a lot of people, but sincerely bummed Sophie wasn’t nominated.

    She’s given really strong performances and her scenes in ep 8 were incredible. I know there were many other talented actresses in the category and I am happy for Heady who has done great work, although I didn’t think this year was her year.

    Forever sad about Pedro as well!

  • I personally really thought Maisie was going to get a nomination. Not basing it on one good scene only but her overall performance as the character from the start deserves it. We can keep saying “next year,” but every season is one fewer opportunity. :/

  • I have a sad suspicion that they’ll give best drama to True Detective. McConaughey is as deserving as anyone for lead actor probably, but I don’t think the show as a whole was “best.” A few creepy scenes really covered what was a pretty slow series.

  • I am surprised and delighted that Headey got nominated. Mildly disappointed that Pedro Pascal didn’t get a Guest Actor nomination. But given a choice, Headey really deserved it because she’s been a strong part of the show for years.

    Dinklage and Rigg deserved their nominations, I’d have been surprised if they didn’t get them.

  • Totally felt Maisie was a stronger contender in the SA category but thrilled to see Lena get some love. It was a transitional year for Cersei (I think that could be said for most of the characters) but Lena never fails to deliver. And thrilled to see someone new get some recognition. I wouldn’t be spitting nails had it been Emilia, which is who most “critics” predicted to get a nom, but Lena and Maisie owned when on screen.
    Peter is a lock. Excellent season.
    Surprised no Pedro. Such a great performance.
    Ramin Djawadi! He is most deserving of them all!

  • Clob,

    Though all my love is with GoT, True Detective was truly the break out series of the season and very excellent in all phases.

  • Quite a haul! More than any other series on TV, which is appropriate since we all know that it’s the best!

    I’m especially thrilled for Lena Headey, who has deserved this kind of recognition for a long time. I’m also ecstatic that Neil Marshall was nominated for directing “The Watchers on the Wall” (after he was snubbed for “Blackwater”) and that Ramin Djawadi was finally recognized for his incredible score. That was long overdue, and richly deserved.

    Peter Dinklage, Diana Rigg, and David Benioff and Dan Weiss for writing “The Children” were all expected nominees, and all are richly deserving. And of course, Game of Thrones is back in the Drama Series race for the fourth year running.

    I know that some people around here don’t have the highest opinion of Emilia Clarke’s performance. I love her, but based on what their characters had to do this season, swapping her out for Lena Headey this year is more than fair.

    Obviously, the biggest disappointment is Pedro Pascal missing out for Guest Actor. I really thought that he had a great chance. I’m also disappointed about Charles Dance, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, and Sophie Turner missing out, but that wasn’t really surprising. They were always longshots.

    Game of Thrones didn’t get everything that we wanted, but 20 nominations is nothing to turn our noses up at. The perception that Emmy voters hate fantasy series will probably never die, and to be fair, it does have some merit. But that disdain certainly doesn’t apply to Game of Thrones. They love this show. As do we.

    Congratulations to all of the nominees! Now, let’s see some of them win in August!

  • Pascal not being nominated is a travesty, but you can’t expect much from an awards show that still takes Downton Abbey seriously.

    That said, Beau Bridges was simply outstanding and would be a worthy winner even if Pascal was nominated.

  • Good thing I’m not a betting person, because I thought Pascal was a shoo-in nomination at least. I was secretly hoping Dance would sneak in alongside Dinklage, but not surprised it didn’t happen.

    Very happy for recognition for Djawadi and Headey – they’ve been doing good work for years. Especially Headey – in my opinion she and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau have the toughest characters to portray, and both have been perfect since episode 1.

    It’s possible Sophie could get nominated next year or for season 6, depending on her future storylines.

    Hoping Nina Gold and Robert Sterne pick up a win.

    Congratulations to everyone nominated!

  • Lena over Maisie & Sophie what a joke. Diana Rigg over Pedro lol even worse. At least Dinklage, Marshall and Djawadi’s nominations were deserved.

    Dinklage ain’t winning though, Aaron Paul has that category locked down now that Harrelson is in the best actor one. And Lena has no chance against Anna Gunn.

    On another note where the hell is Michelle Monaghan’s nomination? talk about snub she was great in True Detective.

  • Fuck Lena has to go against Anna Gunn! I thought she’d be in lead actress… hopefully seeing Lena in person and seeing she’s the opposite of her character will give her a few votes

    Btw what’s the difference between cinematography and direction?

  • Clob:
    I personally really thought Maisie was going to get a nomination.Not basing it on one good scene only but her overall performance as the character from the start deserves it.We can keep saying “next year,” but every season is one fewer opportunity. :/

    There was never any chance that Maisie or Sophie were getting nominated. Too young, and overshadowed by adult costars in their own series (who also get more screentime).

    Really, look at who was chosen for the cover of the big “Vanity Fair” piece for season 4: the Lannisters, Dany and Jon. For somebody like Maisie or Sophie to be in the game, they have to start being considered one of the faces of the show for the purposes of stuff like that.

  • Turncloak: If there was “a young talented beautiful wildcard” slot for game of thrones it would most likely go to Maisie anyway. Her performance as Arya Stark is stronger imo

    I disagree. Her performance this season was inconsistent, and the two strongest moments she had were easily overshadowed by Rory’s work as The Hound.

    And on a shallow note, you have to be beautiful to be considered a “young talented beautiful wildcard.”

  • House Mormont,

    House Mormont:
    Fuck Lena has to go against Anna Gunn! I thought she’d be in lead actress… hopefully seeing Lena in person and seeing she’s the opposite of her character will give her a few votes

    Btw what’s the difference between cinematography and direction?

    Just at the top of my head here so correct me if I’m wrong cinematography is similar to photography but your working on film.

  • MAnd on a shallow note, you have to be beautiful to be considered a “young talented beautiful wildcard.”

    I didn’t want to be the one to say it, but…

  • Sean C.: There was never any chance that Maisie or Sophie were getting nominated.Too young, and overshadowed by adult costars in their own series (who also get more screentime).

    Overshadowed please Maisie has been acting Lena off the screen since day one.

  • Sugar Ray Belwas: Overshadowed please Maisie has been acting Lena off the screen since day one.

    People who sincerely think this obviously have some sort of bias against the character Lena plays. This may not have been her strongest season, but nor was it Maisie’s. However, Lena has been more consistent in her portrayal and I’ll take this as a makeup nod from Season 2. She deserved one for Blackwater alone, let alone all the other great work she’s done.

  • M: I disagree. Her performance this season was inconsistent, and the two strongest moments she had were easilyovershadowed by Rory’s work as The Hound.

    And on a shallow note, you have to be beautiful to be considered a “young talented beautiful wildcard.”

    Much agreed. Sophie should have had the nomination over Lena (and Maisie) She had the strongest female performance this season in 4×8 (like Emilia in 3×4 last year…) I think both girls are beautiful BTW as far as your shallow note goes.
    Realistically Lena wont win either (she’ll be outgunned…) but i would have loved Sophie get it… At least Sophie was nominated for the other award!

    Pedro not being nominated is crazy i agree.
    Anything else we missed out on though?

    TWENTY!!

  • Tatters:
    M,

    Thats a pedo notion.

    1) Maisie is 17
    2) I am 19
    3) This is the most ridiculous reply I have ever seen made here, and that’s saying a lot.

  • Patchy Face,

    True Detective was great till the last episode, well actually till the last 5 minutes of the second last episode. It painted itself out to be a lot bigger story than it ended up being.

    I’d say GoT deserves it more, but I doubt anyone has a chance against Breaking Bad

    At least mad men isn’t a threat this year lmaoo

  • Jack: People who sincerely think this obviously have some sort of bias against the character Lena plays. This may not have been her strongest season, but nor was it Maisie’s. However, Lena has been more consistent in her portrayal and I’ll take this as a makeup nod from Season 2. She deserved one for Blackwater alone, let alone all the other great work she’s done.

    The only thing consistent about Lena in GOT is that she always looks constipated and has a glass of wine in her hand.

  • Pleasantly surprised at the Headey nomination – long overdue. I could easily see her garnering another nomination next season, as well, given the source material that will likely be adapted.

  • Disappointed but not surprised that Sophie didn’t get nominated as I thought she had the best performance out of all the actresses this season.

    But the Emmys are a joke any way which they proved once again this year by snubbing Tatiana Maslany for the second year in a row.

  • Sophie has improved but she’s still mostly monotone and doesn’t have the depth in facial expression and using her eyes that Maisie excels with. If someone believes Sophie is the more attractive that doesn’t make her the better actress.

  • Sugar Ray Belwas: The only thing consistent about Lena in GOT is that she always looks constipated and has a glass of wine in her hand.

    As opposed to Maisie’s constant blank stare and stilted, rushed line delivery? I’ll take the wine, thanks.

    Just the fact that people were cheering on her scene in the premiere when all she did was perform a nicely choreographed fight scene and stab some guy in the neck is all you need to know about the raves she gets. If you look back at that scene, it’s all Rory/The Hound.

  • are you guys on crack?? sophie turner for a nomination?? you can’t be serious. her acting gets worse every season, she’s pretty fucking awful. she’s ok when she has to stay quiet and just emote sadness but her line deliveries are awkward as fuck 95% of the time. her monologue in episode 8 was actually some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen. It was so forced and it did not come across as natural at all. I was cringing at people’s ba taste when they were saying how “amazing” she was. Compare that to Lena’s scene with Charles Dance in episode 10 and there’s no damn contest. Lena is better than sophie by like a 1000 miles.

  • Clob:
    Sophie has improved but she’s still mostly monotone and doesn’t have the depth in facial expression and using her eyes that Maisie excels with.If someone believes Sophie is the more attractive that doesn’t make her the better actress.

    Agree to disagree. I don’t think Maisie or Sophie have really mastered their line delivery yet, but as far as depth of facial expression and use of eyes goes, Sophie has been excelling at that since season 1. Her performance has had to depend on her eyes and her face since we can’t get into Sansa’s head as she’s had to repeat lie after lie to the Lannisters. She’s done some amazing work for someone so young.

    I include Maisie in this as well because she is also great, but Maisie has had the advantage of playing a character with the freedom of speaking her mind. Sophie has not.

  • aryastark,

    “aryastark”

    Yeah, sounds about right.

    Oh, and you’ll have to take up the bad taste bit with all the professional TV critics who lauded Sophie’s performance this season. I’ll take their say over yours.

  • M,

    You think grown men should discuss “beauty” of a minor girl?
    Whatever.
    This is what is wrong with humanity.

    Dont take it personal.
    People do it on GoT all the time.

  • Yay for Ramin Djawadi!! Agree with all of you–it’s about time.

    These things are always strange. I am so so SO furious and sad that Hannibal was completely ignored (especially if they’re going for shows like True Detective), but for those they did recognise, it’s great. Am thrilled for OITNB!

  • Tatters:
    Nezzer,

    So GoT, Breaking Bad, Sopranos, thats low quality?

    I would say something Lost or TWD.

    It’s more due to their popularity than to their quality. The Wire was better than all of them and never got an Emmy because it didn’t have the required popularity.

  • Pedro not getting nominated is a shock to me. The Emmys’ continued hanging on to Downtown Abbey, unfortunately, is not.

  • Tatters,

    Since when is Maisie a minor? She’s 17. I’m in the UK, so maybe things are different here. I simply made an observation, which you took to a completely different level.

  • I mean I don’t mean to put a damper on this but Game of Thrones will likely win a good amount on the day it is not televised. Breaking Bad is going to clean up on the actual day. So it’s nice to be nominated for all of them I’m sure, but I would really be shocked if anyone but Breaking Bad won for supporting actor, supporting actress, writing, directing, drama.

  • How many more years will Breaking Bad be eligible for nomination?? The last episode of the show aired in 2013.

  • I feel the strongest female performance(this season) was Sophie´s. But anyway I´m happy for Lena, she deserves the nomination. So sad Charles Dance and Pedro Pascal didn´t get a nomination.

  • Sugar Ray Belwas: Overshadowed please Maisie has been acting Lena off the screen since day one.

    As should have been obvious from the context, I was referring to her being overshadowed in the show’s promotion, media spotlight, etc. The adult actors get the (no pun intended) lion’s share. HBO didn’t even submit Maisie or Sophie until this season, whereas Lena was submitted every year.

  • good to see game of thrones acknoweldged, i do feel though that those who nominate for the emmy’s arent very good at nominating actors who havent already been established, i mean, peter dinklage was terrific this season,but he has been nominated for four years in a row now (rightly) and diana rigg was nominated last year and is a well estabilished actor in the first place. Good to see Lena Headey breakthrough, but feel that last season michelle fairley and Nikolaj Coster Waldau (best actor in that season imo, when peter dinklage had little to work with that year) should have at least been nominated, and this year pedro pascal and kit harrington both deserved nominations and didnt get them. Just think they should be a little bit more adventurous in nominating actors who havent been before

  • Very happily surprised by Djawadi’s nomination. Music is one of GoT’s extremely strong points. I’m also quite happy with Lena Headey’s; she has done consistent and wonderful work, and some of her scenes this season were outstanding. The latest was the last Tywin-Cersei scene. Excellent! Very happy with Peter Dinklage’s too – this was Tyrion’s season.

    I am COMPLETELY ASTONISHED AND OUTRAGED at Pedro’s absence. (As equally outraged as Tatiana Maslany’s!) Emmys are agonizingly slow to recognize talent in unexpected areas. Very plodding, in that regard.

  • I find it a little bit interesting that True Detective is nominated under drama and Fargo is for miniseries. Ignoring that Fargo was ten episodes and TD was just eight, they’re both kind of in the same position for a second season. That being that they’re an anthology series and will probably feel quite different from the first season. Fargo might be a bit further behind in getting a second season going, but the first season finale was quite a bit later.

  • Also share everyone’s sentiments about Pedro Pascal… :( I really really really really hope that GOT gets the overall Best Drama award…

  • LENA!!! I was hoping for Maisie but that’s nearly as good. Oh my goodness, I’m so happy she got a nomination. *dance*

    No Pedro is disappointing but expected. It’s like there’s a rule Guest Actor nominees have to have been already famous (usually older) actors who make career comebacks guest starring in something.

  • outdoorcats:
    No Pedro is disappointing but expected. It’s like there’s a rule Guest Actor nominees have to have been already famous (usually older) actors who make career comebacks guest starring in something.

    I think that’s more true for comedy than drama, though it obviously would have helped Pascal had he been more of a name. But I think his biggest problem was that while his submission episode was an amazing scene, it was, in the end, just one scene. If you look at the nominees in that category, they tend to have much more than that.

  • Jack: As opposed to Maisie’s constant blank stare and stilted, rushed line delivery? I’ll take the wine, thanks.

    Just the fact that people were cheering on her scene in the premiere when all she did was perform a nicely choreographed fight scene and stab some guy in the neck is all you need to know about the raves she gets. If you look back at that scene, it’s all Rory/The Hound.

    She didn’t have much chance to be other than Rory’s sidekick this season – which she did very well IMO – but as I said elsewhere the material gave her more chance to be nuanced in season 3 and that was her better season.

    It was all about the character’s descent into darkness and the “blank stare” was major part in showing Arya’s dissociation and again played very well. Line delivery seemed fine to me given that Arya is emotionally detached although not gobsmackingly great.

    Happy for Lena though again not sure that this was her best season either.

    Best wishes to all the GoT nominees – may the odds be ever in your favour (oops wrong franchise ;) )

  • I share everyone’s feelings. Boo for no Pedro, yay for Lena (even if I also loved Sophie and Maisie this year) and very happy that Ramin Djawadi and Neil Marshall got acknowledged. “Watchers” got more than one nomination, which is also great.

    I’m surprised David and Dan getting nominated for “the Children” got no response, since it was perceived as bad because of no you-know-who. I personally thought it was great.

    If they every decide to give a best actor/ actress category to GoT (which they should), the supporting categories will be a lot more interesting :)

  • Clob,

    It’s my understanding that Fargo is a mini-series, I don’t think they’re doing another season. True Detective is doing another season but somewhat in the American Horror Story way by going to a different setting/characters/story etc, difference being AHS keeps some of the core cast together.
    On topic: I’m very surprised and bummed Pedro didn’t get nominated, he was outstanding! Peter is very deserving but the same could have been said for Charles Dance. Maisie and Sophie are both very talented, especially being so young, but Lena’s nomination is long overdue, so yay for her! I agree with others though, that her win will likely come next year.

  • Gosh the Emmys made some awful decisions with some nominations. No Tatiana Maslany? I have seen some actors get nominated every frickin year, it’s a noveltly and popularity contest now – a bit of a snoozefest.

    Stop comparing the younger actors to the more experienced ones, Sophie and Maisie are still learning, and you better believe they will be the poster girls for the show when the Starks revive their house. It’s only going to get meatier as their storylines progress.

  • Winter:
    Gosh the Emmys made some awful decisions with some nominations. No Tatiana Maslany? I have seen some actors get nominated every frickin year, it’s a noveltly and popularity contest now – a bit of a snoozefest.

    Stop comparing the younger actors to the more experienced ones, Sophie and Maisie are still learning, and you better believe they will be the poster girls for the show when the Starks revive their house. It’s only going to get meatier as their storylines progress.

    I didn’t spot that Tatiana Maslany didn’t get nominated, she’s been superb and would be a worthy winner IMO.

  • To people throwing a fit that their favorite actor was not nominated…

    The Emmy’s are like a giant popularity seeking cruise liners with a lot of momentum that does not change course quickly. You have to have your face plastered on magazine covers for YEARS to have an real chance.

    If Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) wasn’t nominated, none of the GOT actresses have any business complaining.

  • House Mormont,

    Cinematographers work with directors to set up the overall visual look and feel of the project, the scene, the shot, as well as what shots will be necessary (wide establishing, crane pan, medium tracking, closeup, etc.) They then set up the necessary shots with their crew (assistant cameramen, gaffers, best boys, grips, etc.), all of whom have very specific jobs. They design the way the light will work to get the shots they need, and are generally depended upon to capture the imagery the way the director desires it to be captured to tell the story.

    Directors are like ringmasters of a circus, doing what their job description says–directing. Yes, the actors, giving them expectations and feedback (or ordering them around like fleshbots), but also the DP (director of photography, or cinematographer), ADs (assistant directors), and liaising with producers and even writers when necessary. They are often heavily involved in all stages of production, including pre- and post-production, often overseeing the editing of their work, giving input on sound design and scoring as well. Many directors (at least seek to) incorporate “final cut” provisions in their contracts to ensure it is their vision that is ultimately released. Film is a collaboration; the director is the one who collaborates with all involved, and s/he is almost always the one in ultimate control.

  • Tatters:
    M,

    Its 18 where i come from, but still its creepy when its teenagers.

    Dude, they are Two years apart and still in their teens. Stop trying to defend your comment and accept the fact you looked stupid assuming the first time.

  • Meanwhile, while Pedro was being snubbed by the Emmys, George was doing a master’s class thingy where he stated that despite what at least one very angry and sure of himself fanboy has been shouting, the GAME OF THRONES movie idea did not originate with him. It is something that has been talked about by HBO. He just relayed that information and it somehow got attached to him as his idea.

  • I’m stoked that they also go nommed for Sound (Watchers on the Wall). I mentioned that in my recap/review….watch the ep with your eyes closed…the sound effects are terrific.

  • Where is Pedro!! He deserved a nomination more than anyone. He was the best thing about season 4.

  • Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Game Of Thrones”. I am glad for them getting these nominations, but mostly thankful for their hard work and stellar effort in what has been a high watermark of quality for the show and an all around wonderful Season Four!

    As always I will definitely ignore these awards, a fading, meaningless trinket that couldn’t recognise quality if it bit it on its proverbial ass…I hope GoT does well as a reward and thank you for all those souls who work so hard on our behalf as fans and give to all of us, myself included, so much to enjoy and talk about. Other than that, I don’t give a rat’s ass about the Emmys…

    PS Oh and a request to Fansided, Santa Clause, The Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy or whoever manages this site these days, whenever I use either my tablet or my phone to access this site, the screen gets engulfed by the add for the mobile app and reading the posting or commenting becomes next to impossible, you have to refresh the browser several times or just give up… Also oftentimes, comments don’t appear when posted or get randomly lost, other times the ability to edit is not there, and the functions like spoilers, quote etc. are also missing or unavailable… this goes for mobile, tablet and desktop/laptop.

  • ariannemartell:
    Lars,

    lena doesn’t have her face plastered on magazines

    Really? Do a google search for “lena headey magazine cover” and you’ll see. Not all of them are recent, but she is also stars in films. Her and Peter Dinklage are the two most famous cast members.

  • I think Sophie Turner is on more magazine covers nowadays than any in GOT. She seems to have a new one every other weeek.

  • If Peter Dinklage doesn’t win this year, he should demand a trial by combat. And his champions will be all of us.

  • Ye Olde Wolfe:
    Clob,

    It’s my understanding that Fargo is a mini-series, I don’t think they’re doing another season. True Detective is doing another season but somewhat in the American Horror Story way by going to a different setting/characters/story etc, difference being AHS keeps some of the core cast together.

    They’re supposedly working on getting a second season picked up and some reports say that it’s “imminent.” An Emmy nomination will help. Yes, True Detective is an anthology series similar to AHS and what the Fargo people say it will be with an additional season; different characters and storyline.

  • CONGRATS TO LENA! She did an amazing job this season.

    jentario:
    GeekFurious,
    I hate this trend where people post info without linking a source.

    Apparently it’s somewhere around here. http://new.livestream.com/nifff/GeorgeRRMartinMasterclass.
    Thank you, my twitter feed! But the same twitter feed already has articles at mtv.com saying he goes on record as wanting it. Doesn’t say clearly it was his idea or someone elses. Obviously, they take out only what they want out of that interview. Hah! the man may very well flip the media too… do I blame him?! NO WAY.

  • I’m mostly very satisfied with these noms. The exception being Pedro Pascal being snubbed of course. I get that those usually go to already established celebrities but the Oberyn role and Pedro’s performance made him a celebrity. How many times can you say that about a guest role on a TV show?

    It’s a little sad people are making rude comments about some of the actresses though. It’s fine to have a favorite and disagree about who gave the best performances. Can we do it without disparaging the other actresses? That isn’t necessary.

    I agree with everyone else on the extreme suckitude of Tatiana Masleny getting snubbed. It’s fun to speculate about Emmy awards but ultimately they’re BS and don’t matter. There’s always going to be a bias against SF and fantasy. It’s quite an accomplishment that GoT is getting any noms at all besides the technical awards. It speaks to how much of an impact the show has made on popular culture. Orphan Black is a fantastic show but it hasn’t had the same impact. At least not yet. Hopefully it will pick up steam next season.

    Are the critics/entertainment pundits predicting big wings for Breaking Bad. Don’t get me wrong, the finale season was amazing but it was a long time ago. Other than Brian Cranston mysteriously not winning last year’s Emmys felt like their send off.

  • My goodness.
    We went from congratulating a deserving cast on their nominations to comparing “blank stares” from two of the younger actresses on the show. Really?
    I will never get how it’s some competition between Maisie and Sophie. Both are fantastic. It might not be an opinion shared by everyone but we do really need to go down the road of “Sophie deserves more attention because she’s prettier/does more magazine covers” or “Maisie deserves the praise because she plays an aggressive/badass/dark character”?
    I thought Maisie’s whole scene at the end of “Two Swords” was fantastic. From the smirk during “fuck the king”, to her rage coming full force.
    Sophie was wonderful during her manipulative speech to the Vale council in “The Mountain & The Red Viper”.
    Have both had less then impressive moments? For sure.
    But Jesus H. Christ, you don’t have to dislike one to love the other.

    We all might have been hopeful that our favorite performances got recognized but in the end, who gives a fuck? This is a talented cast. i don’t give a rats ass who is on magazine covers or who does the talk show circuit. As long as these girls give their all to characters I like, then I am a happy clam.

  • Award shows are always a joke to me. The fact that Rigg got a nod over Pascal is laughable. I love the Diana Rigg, but give me a break. She had like 5 lines the whole season. Her role this year was completely forgettable (unless you a book die hard).

    Reg E. Cathey got a nod for outstanding guest actor, and I am a huge House of Cards fan, but his role in NO WAY has or had the impact Pedro Pascal did. It is not even a comparison. In what little time he had on the show everyone fell in love with the guy, and you genuinely cared about the character. Because of him they are able to introduce a completely new set of characters and locations, and non book readers will already be invested in these story lines before they are even introduced because of Pedro.

    I, for one, will not be watching the Emmy’s. It is the ultimate popularity contest between the big wigs and their networks.

  • Kells:
    My goodness.
    We went from congratulating a deserving cast on their nominations to comparing “blank stares” from two of the younger actresses on the show. Really?
    I will never get how it’s some competition between Maisie and Sophie. Both are fantastic. It might not be an opinion shared by everyone but we do really need to go down the road of “Sophie deserves more attention because she’s prettier/does more magazine covers” or “Maisie deserves the praise because she plays an aggressive/badass/dark character”?
    I thought Maisie’s whole scene at the end of “Two Swords” was fantastic. From the smirk during “fuck the king”, to her rage coming full force.
    Sophie was wonderful during her manipulative speech to the Vale council in “The Mountain & The Red Viper”.
    Have both had less then impressive moments? For sure.
    But Jesus H. Christ, you don’t have to dislike one to love the other.

    We all might have been hopeful that our favorite performances got recognized but in the end, who gives a fuck? This is a talented cast. i don’t give a rats ass who is on magazine covers or who does the talk show circuit. As long as these girls give their all to characters I like, then I am a happy clam.

    Word. Both Maisie and Sophie are hugely promising and they should have a great future – and have probably achieved more artistically in a few teenage years than most us responding here will manage in our whole lives ;)

    Love them both ( but not in a sinister way middle aged man way :| )

  • Clob: They’re supposedly working on getting a second season picked up and some reports say that it’s “imminent.”An Emmy nomination will help.Yes, True Detective is an anthology series similar to AHS and what the Fargo people say it will be with an additional season; different characters and storyline.

    The way it works is that if you have a property with a regular title and creator/creative team, it’s by default a series, and you have to apply for an exemption to be considered a miniseries (on the basis of having completely different cast/characters/plot/etc.). “American Horror Story” and now “Fargo” have done that.

    “True Detective” could have, but it didn’t, because Best Miniseries/TV Movie is kind of like winning Best Live Action Short Film at the Oscars, whereas winning Best Drama is like winning Best Picture. AHS and “Fargo” would never have been competitive as series, but “True Detective” has the juice, so it’s going for gold.

  • Kells,

    Agreed! I hate how much people love to pit women, especially young women against each other. A lot of people were disappointed that Nicolaj didn’t get nominated last year but that didn’t lead to disparaging comments about Peter.

  • Always cheering for Peter and Game of Thrones, but all Things fair Jon Voight needs to take this Emmy home.
    Sad that Pedro didn’t get a nomination.

  • House Mormont,

    I felt like giving Sphie a standing ovation! She and Gillen were so good throughout the season, they knocked my socks off. And nobody tell me about his accent!!! I’m tone deaf when it comes to Aidan’s Petyr Baelish.

    Liam Neeson is watching,

    Pfft, it’s in Scotland. You know nothing! Meet me at the pub on Sunday and I’ll tell ya how your Germans are going down in flames.. Argentinian style. Yeah, you know it. Say it with me: DOWN!

  • Sean C.,

    Going by that rule, how did Treme sneak into the miniseries category in its fourth season with the same cast and storyline? That’s an odd one I don’t get. Still happy for Treme though.

  • I’m happy with the haul. Lena deserves the recognition, even if she has had better seasons. I’m more disappointed that Charles Dance wasn’t nominated than I am about Pedro, but he was deserving as well. Peter should win, as I didn’t think Aaron Paul was that great in BB’s final season, and he already has won twice. Great to see Neil Marshall get a nom, ‘The Watchers On The Wall’ is incredibly underrated.

    I actually think the show has a chance to surprise and win the big award. ‘Breaking Bad’ is the favorite, but they were already rewarded last year. ‘True Detective’ is thought to be the runner-up, but I think there will be some backlash for HBO not placing it in the mini-series category. Maybe the Emmy voters will finally reward ‘Game Of Thrones’. ‘Breaking Bad’ finally was awarded in it’s 5th season, but they were not nominated every previous season, as GOT is. It also took them until ‘The Soprano’s’ 5th season to award that show. So there is precedent for a show finally breaking through after being nominated several times.

  • Winterfell is Burning:
    Pascal not being nominated is a travesty, but you can’t expect much from an awards show that still takes Downton Abbey seriously.

    That said, Beau Bridges was simply outstanding and would be a worthy winner even if Pascal was nominated.

    For me in that category the real miss is Lou Gossett Jr in his one great episode of Boardwalk Empire.

    And I’m seriously over all the Downton Abbey love, too. Ok, not Maggie Smith, who rules.

  • House Mormont,

    The director is in charge of everything on-set (though on a TV show they are subordinate to executive producers and showrunners) and pretty much everything can be attributed to them. The DP (‘cinematographer’) is mostly in charge of lighting and some of the finer points of camera placement, composition, white balance, etc. But it’s mostly lighting. The broad strokes of what each shot will look like are decided by the director in the storyboards.

  • Charles:

    Reg E. Cathey got a nod for outstanding guest actor, and I am a huge House of Cards fan, but his role in NO WAY has or had the impact Pedro Pascal did.

    Yeah, but Reg E. Cathey’s nomination should be looked at as an acknowledgement of him delivering the line “You’re just a weak-ass mayor of a broke-ass city” in The Wire. :)

  • outdoorcats:

    Going by that rule, how did Treme sneak into the miniseries category in its fourth season with the same cast and storyline? That’s an odd one I don’t get. Still happy for Treme though.

    “Treme” fell below the minimum episode number required to be considered a series. You need more than five.

  • I’m happy with the haul. Peter should win, as I wasn’t a fan of Aaron Paul’s work in BB’s final season, and even less so the direction the character went. Lena has long deserved recognition, so I am fine with her finally being nominated. Maisie and Sophie were always going to be long shots(I think Maisie is better, but am okay with Sophie too). Pedro was the biggest snub, but it was to be expected. It’s not as big a snub as NCW was last year, though. Hooray for Neil Marshall, ‘The Watchers On The Wall’ was incredibly underrated.

    I think the show has a pretty good chance at breaking through and winning the big prize. ‘Breaking Bad’ is the favorite, but it was already rewarded last year, after being ignored in it’s first 4 seasons. ‘True Detective’ will face backlash for not being placed in the mini-series category, IMO. That leaves ‘Game Of Thrones’, which has now been nominated in all 4 seasons. The Emmy’s have a history of waiting to finally reward popular prestige shows. As already mentioned, ‘Breaking Bad’ won for the first time in the show’s 5th season(it was not nominated for every other previous season) and ‘The Sopranos’ didn’t win until it’s 5th season. Don’t just assume that ‘Breaking Bad’ is a lock. These award shows work in mysterious ways. I personally thought the first half of ‘Breaking Bad’s’ final season(which won) was the weakest season of BB’s entire run.

  • Turncloak,

    that was more of an off comment to say I think he should have been nominated. I was talking more about being surprised diana rigg was up for it even though she was barely in the season. Just seems strange.

  • Tyrion Pimpslap:
    ‘True Detective’ will face backlash for not being placed in the mini-series category, IMO.

    Why? Going for Series and foresaking the easy Emmys it could have won has been widely admired.

    “Breaking Bad” took a while to get recognition, but when the voters like a show, they tend to stick with it.

  • “The nominees for that award, these days, are usually faces more familiar to the Television Academy voters.” Ya, the guy that makes Frank Underwood’s ribs is really more deserving then Pedro.

  • Tatters,

    Tatters you’re the only one making a fuss about it. The guy who commented was 2 years older than her. She’s 17. Give it a rest.

    Takes a pedo to know a pedo too buddy. Pervert.

  • Turncloak: This. Sophie is great but there are so many better performances out there, even on her own show

    Oh, cobblers. Don’t try a backhanded compliment along the lines of “But, y’know, other people are good. Um. Out there. Yeah.” She would have deserved it entirely, and you know it

  • So, no Pedro. I can’t wait to see the riot that WiC promised us! Cause, y’know, they did!

    (On that note, gotta bow out, goodbye thread)

  • Pedro should be nominated because he is a white guy playing a Spaniard. A not so easy task, unless you’re Antonio Banderas.

  • Peter was great of course, but then he already got one Emmy. It would have been nice to see Charles Dance get nominated since he won’t be on the show anymore. Lena Headey, I approve of since Maisie and Sophie have long careers ahead of them in which to win awards anyways. Pedro, like Nikolaj and Michelle Fairley last year, was robbed. That aside it’s a solid list and good recognition for the show.

  • Lars:

    If Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) wasn’t nominated, none of the GOT actresses have any business complaining.

    Agreed! Tatiana Maslany’s incredible performance TWO YEARS in a row, and getting snubbed both years, is a snub of a magnitude that GoT has not yet experienced, and will not in the future, either!

  • Daniellica,

    Hi D – you seem to really be up on all phases of TV production – who do you work for? Can you say? I have a daughter that is currently attending college and moving towards a degree in theater. She has already directed a play and has some production experience. Do you have any advice you could give for a career? Thanks!

  • Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Not so sure about the “True Detective” backlash. I think it has to be considered the favorite this year. Its new, its different, critics loved it and Matt and Woody have that big star appeal. Its the one to beat.

    Peter probably has a very good chance of winning his 2nd Emmy. Aaron Paul is his toughest competition.

  • Patchy Face:
    Daniellica,

    Hi D – you seem to really be up on all phases of TV production – who do you work for?Can you say?I have a daughter that is currently attending college and moving towards a degree in theater.She has already directed a play and has some production experience. Do you have any advice you could give for a career?Thanks!

    And are you single? Daniellica, not you.

  • I just started BB and am on episode 503. I have to say that Aaron Paul sucks. One of the most annoying please just die already characters actors ever.

  • Congrats to Dinklage and the series nominations ! However it’s quite a travesty snubbing ” Orphan Black ” series. Maslany should have been on the Lead Actress category, but the competition was quite stiff this year. Overall there was just a crowded field of good shows onscreen. The Primetime Emmy Academy had some tough choices to make, despite Alan Sepinwall’s complaint of a “rubber stamp” ( see Metacritic )

  • wow they really snubbed Pedro Pascal. i mean he puts on the accent and plays the character to almost utter perfection. he was so good that now when i re read chapters of Storm of Swords i now picture pedro pascal as the red viper.

  • Kay: Agreed! Tatiana Maslany’s incredible performance TWO YEARS in a row, and getting snubbed both years, is a snub of a magnitude that GoT has not yet experienced, and will not in the future, either!

    I’ve watched both seasons of Orphan Black and although I think Tatiana is good, I don’t think she’s that great. Sure she plays different roles in one episode. I’m sure many actors and actress can do that too. That’s really the big craze about this… She plays Sarah, kassima and Allison with different accents so sure she decerves some recognition. But I think there’s stronger actresses in other shows.

  • “what about what i want, i want justice for my sister and her children”
    “tell your father I’m here, tell him the lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts”
    Pedro had the most riveting dialogue of the season other than peter. He was second in his performance to only peter. Snubbing him is as tragic as his death.

  • King Stannis: I’ve watched both seasons of Orphan Black and although I think Tatiana is good, I don’t think she’s that great. Sure she plays different roles in one episode. I’m sure many actors and actress can do that too. That’s really the big craze about this… She plays Sarah, kassima and Allison with different accents so sure she decerves some recognition. But I think there’s stronger actresses in other shows.

    It’s not just the accents. The clones are completely different people and she plays them so well it feels like quintuplets are actually playing Sarah, Allison, Cosima, Rachel and Helena. It doesn’t seem like the same actress. She can even do one clone posing as another and she puts in subtle cues so you can tell.

  • WeirwoodTreeHugger,

    You’re right. When I watch the show I sometimes forget that is the same actress. She does a good job with that. But I personally don’t think any of the characters are strong (Maybe Sarah Manning)
    sure she does a good job being Creepy with Helena but I don’t see anything special in the acting besides the fact she can play different roles. Just my opinion

  • Kells,

    I second this. Undermining one actress in favour of another is tacky. Don’t target the younger actors, and pick apart their performances, many of the of the more established actors have less than stellar moments, but it doesn’t detract from their overall portrayal. No one actor is infallible.

    All the nominations for the technical awards I’m really happy about. So much time and effort goes into producing this show, recognition for their contributions is important.

  • Rygar,

    Probably because he has no character development between season 2 and season 5 and just goes in circles of fucking up and whining

    But then again everything of importance in breaking bad is put on hold between season 2 and 5

  • Patchy Face: Hi D – you seem to really be up on all phases of TV production – who do you work for? Can you say? I have a daughter that is currently attending college and moving towards a degree in theater. She has already directed a play and has some production experience. Do you have any advice you could give for a career? Thanks!

    I used to be a screenwriter, but I was trained in most aspects of the filmmaking process. I made the decision to walk away from the film industry once my contract with my agent expired. I was just getting started and already found that I had to compromise who I was and what I believed in to an almost insufferable degree, and I chose my soul over success. I went back to school and got my Masters in media & philosophy and then worked as a writer for a large gaming company for a while, but now I’m pursuing a second Masters in social work in hopes of working with Vets struggling with trauma and chronic pain.

    Any advice I could give regarding the industry for your daughter would begin with: make sure it is what she wants above all else. Be absolutely, unabashedly, fearlessly tenacious. Network, get to know, and make friends with as many people in the industry as possible–people hire who they like, and will almost always choose even an acquaintance with less experience over a stranger who is more qualified. Be nice to everyone, because you never know who someone might be, or who they might become. And no job is beneath you until you get to choose your own work.

    This is one of the most competitive industries in the world, and I am the least competitive person I know. I don’t even like to keep score playing Scrabble; I just think it is fun to make words. Should that be embarrassing? Hah. Anyway, that is why I left, and why some other people thrive in those conditions. But still, you could be the most talented, fierce, charming, and dependable person in the world and still fail. Timing and luck are also essential, and the ability to persevere despite repeated rejections or near-misses.

    This became way too long and I don’t even know if I contributed anything helpful. Sorry! I wish your daughter the best of luck. :)

  • Also great to see Nina and Robert recognised–I know they’ve been nominated for Emmys before, but they do keep delivering. And it really is wonderful to see Thrones be recognised in this way–I remember hoping and praying for the series to be picked up (and done properly) and look at it now: back-to-back season renewals and leading the pack with nominations. It’s cool to think about. I do hope D&D get their Emmy at long last!

    Daniellica,

    Thank you for posting about this and sharing your insight! Really interesting to read!

  • The Emmys are silly.

    Lena is a great actress but didn’t do much this season. Same with Diana who was much better last season. Pedro absolutely owned every scene he was in so no idea why he was snubbed.
    GoT hasa great cast but I think some fans here are blided by their love for the show. If you’re being completely honest then Peter, Pedro and Rory (no idea why he didn’t get a nomination) and arguably Maisie deserve nominations this season not that the Emmys are really needed to appreciate great performances.

  • Tim Williams: Oh, cobblers. Don’t try a backhanded compliment along the lines of “But, y’know, other people are good. Um. Out there. Yeah.” She would have deserved it entirely, and you know it

    Nothing backhanded about saying you enjoy someone’s performance but prefer others. It just means…get this…you prefer others performances. It’s not a hard concept and the “you know it” seems to imply the thought that an opinion that doesn’t mirror yours is actually false.
    Hate to be the bearer of possibly unwanted tidings, but I think that having such an opinion is allowed and actually encouraged as the viewing public.
    My eyes hurt from rolling.

    Winter,
    I am totally onboard with being critical of someone’s performance, they are vessel’s that deliver the goods after all and are there for judgement, but this fandom has such an issue with belittling performances because of personal dislike of the ACTOR, that it becomes so disheartening.
    Unfortunately, we can tread lightly with younger actors because it can get pretty mean-spirited but once they are placed in a movie or show, it doesn’t mean they are ever going to be exempt from critique. As they shouldn’t be.
    What they shouldn’t have to be party to is being bashed because of their looks/voice/height/weight/batwings/whatever! Just like one doesn’t deserve the praise more than another because they are “prettier”.
    This is really what matters when it comes to this series? Can’t we say, “hey…I think XXXX does a great job and is my favorite actor/actress on the show” without someone needing to add that they only reason they feel that way is because of looks or because you can’t like one character without having it out for the other?
    Both girls on this show are great. I have my preference, Maisie’s Arya but I just find the character more interesting overall. Sansa has grown on me and that is greatly due to Sophie’s performance.
    Both deserve praise and will continue to get it. And, from the way it sounds about their off-screen friendship, nobody will be happier for them, then each other.

    Proof again that shows don’t ruin fandoms. Fans do.

  • Patchy Face: She has already directed a play and has some production experience. Do you have any advice you could give for a career? Thanks!

    Also–apologies!–if she is looking for an “in,” some of the more indirect routes can get one on set faster and more often. Try for 2nd or 3rd AD (Assistant Director) positions (which can get one into the DGA in the US), assistants for various members on-set (even some assistants have assistants). Makeup and hair persons are loyal and take as many people with them as they can. Go for commercial and industrial work. If you’re not in LA or some other film capital of a country, the local film communities are usually very close-knit and interconnected and support one another as much as possible. Find the local film industry publications (or the internet, I guess?) and search for productions coming to your town. Sign onto help in independent productions (especially features; they almost always seem to need continuity editors, probably cuz the job sucks so much). Horrible experiences afford valuable lessons as much as good ones. Get to know everyone on the set and learn as much about all the jobs as much as possible.

    But networking is still the #1 most important part of the industry. OK I’m done! :)

  • Daniellica,

    Thank you so much for the advice – always a challenge in anything you really want so guess she has to do some soul searching.Best of luck with your future endeavors and it is admirable that you are going the altruistic route. Just retired but I served the public for many years and do not have regrets!

  • Would have preferred Maisie TBH :/ As much as I like Lena(the writers are doing her no favours but she does a great job with what she has), I think s2 or next season would be her time. Not now

  • Kells,

    I vehemently agree with you here, eloquently put. Of course all the actors are being critiqued and none are exempt from this but in the case of GoT, their performances to some degree will be measured against their book counterpart, they all have that added pressure compared to original dramas, and original characters. That’s a whole other challenge for them, appeasing both the book loyalists as well as fans of the show. For the younger actors that’s a difficult facet, impressively they seem to take it in their stride.

    Personally I’m so impressed with the younger actors and how clued up they are with their own characters. Sophie, Maisie and Isaac are all relative newcomers, and GoT was their first big gig, having to perform alongside some of the more esteemed actors in TV is no easy feat. I guess I’m just a little protective of them ha!

  • Winter,

    AMEN, Winter!
    And nothing wrong with being overprotective about the characters we like and those who portray them.
    And you are right about the comparisons between show and book. There are going to be characters from the books I have never be a huge fan of (Jaime, for example), but NCW has made him so friggin’ likable, it makes me rethink my initial reaction to him.
    Same goes for a character like Sansa. She is SUPPOSE to be foolish. She is suppose to be vulnerable. Doesn’t mean she is a fool or that her vulnerabilities are a negative trait. It took a long time to warm to her, I think for a lot of fans, because she was frustrating. What Sophie has done, for me, is show Sansa’s is just as frustrated as we are. She was stuck (and in some respects, going by tv-canon only, she still is with LF) for a long time, having to please those she hates.
    If an actor can make you sympathize with their “journey”, even the less desirable parts of it, then that is some good stuff. And this cast can do all of that and more.
    I think these kids, the younger cast, have a good hold on who their characters are and it is, for lack of a better word, delightful to see them interpret the source material.

    Back to your regularly scheduled topic….

  • What is the point if getting exicted? Mad Men will just win again, I don’t know if it’s still going, but it will win everything as usual.

  • Easteros Bunny:
    What is the point if getting exicted? Mad Men will just win again, I don’t know if it’s still going, but it will win everything as usual.

    Er, no, “Mad Men” hasn’t won Drama Series the last two years, and it’s fading in terms of awards support (undeservedly, in my opinion; the last two episodes of the most recent half-season were among the show’s best).

  • WeirwoodTreeHugger:
    I agree with everyone else on the extreme suckitude of Tatiana Masleny getting snubbed.It’s fun to speculate about Emmy awards but ultimately they’re BS and don’t matter.There’s always going to be a bias against SF and fantasy.

    I think last year was TM’s year. OB was innovative and unique in S1. I still enjoy it but this year’s writing was not in the same ballpark as the first season. Tatiana couldn’t really improve upon the unfortunate writing (the original concept is out of control). I even thought the “man clone” segment of S2 to be the low point of the series.

    Back on topic: Hooray to GoT for their noms! I don’t get the Diana Rigg nom (S3 was her high point) over the lack of a Sophie or Maisie nom but kudos anyway! Out of all of the noms, I’m rooting for Neil Marshall, Ramin and Nina.

  • Hodor’s Bastard: Out of all of the noms, I’m rooting for Neil Marshall.

    I liked Marshall’s work a lot, but I don’t think he or anyone else will be able to beat Cary Fukunaga.

  • Tatters:
    Rygar,

    He has won more emmys than the entire cast of this show, but he sucks so bad in season 5

    He sucks the whole series. In fact, most characters do with the exception of Malcoms Dad and Mrs Bullock, they are stellar.

  • I’m very surprised of the nominations for the final episode, both in writing and prosthetics. The episode was hyped up a whole lot by the show runners but it felt like one of the weakest this far in the entire series because there was no room for the scenes to breathe and it felt very rushed with so much happening.

    Still, nice to see all the nominations. They’re bound to snatch a few ones so yay for that.

  • Sean C.: I liked Marshall’s work a lot, but I don’t think he or anyone else will be able to beat Cary Fukunaga.

    Truth that. TD S1 was an amazing experience. Which episode did CF get the nom for? TD was quite an achievement in writing, directing and acting.

  • Hodor’s Bastard: Truth that. TD S1 was an amazing experience. Which episode did CF get the nom for? TD was quite an achievement in writing, directing and acting.

    He was nominated for episode 4 (I know a lot of people were expecting episode 5, which has the amazing six-minute single-take).

  • The GoT noms offset some of the usual Emmy annoyances. Lena Headey was a pleasant and welcome surprise. I didn’t think she’d get nominated until next year with the upcoming Cersei material. She has some tough competition with Anna Gunn, Maggie Smith, and Christine Baranski.

    I was disappointed but not shocked with no Pedro Pascal nomination. The guest actor categories are mostly about name recognition.

    I would hope that Peter Dinklage is the front runner in supporting actor. Josh Charles is the only one who has the material the same level as Dinklage. Aaron Paul’s won twice and he had better material then than he does now. Mandy Patinkin should have won last year for Homeland when it was still a watchable show. The Jon Voight (Ray Carter) and Jim Carter (Downton Abbey) nominations are a joke, especially Voight’s. Charles Dance should have had his spot.

  • Hodorer:
    I’m very surprised of the nominations for the final episode, both in writing and prosthetics. The episode was hyped up a whole lot by the show runners but it felt like one of the weakest this far in the entire series because there was no room for the scenes to breathe and it felt very rushed with so much happening.

    Still, nice to see all the nominations. They’re bound to snatch a few ones so yay for that.

    I thought everybody did a great job on that episode. Many judge it because somebody didn’t show up which I found annoying with all the whining like we were promised a a dead mute to show up.

    Meanwhile I’m sitting here like, you stupid fans be patient. She could be introduced next season but the surprised is ruined because of the whiners

  • Sean C.: He was nominated for episode 4 (I know a lot of people were expecting episode 5, which has the amazing six-minute single-take).

    Actually the single take shot was in episode 4 which he was nominated for.

  • Did you guys see that Linda is ranting online about what a joke the acting nominees are? Because she thinks Lena Headey and Diana Rigg are terrible actors and horribly miscast.

    Hahahahahaha…

  • Who care that GOT got 20 Emmy nominations. Breaking Bad will take most of the major awards away from it. I hope that True Detective also wins big. These two shows are deserving of the awards than some trainwreck of a season that spits on the greatness of GRRM’s novels brought to you by none other than Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. You GOT fanboys angry yet?

    @Lex: stop dreaming about Linda constantly. It’s not going to happen between the two of you.

  • Lex:
    Did you guys see that Linda is ranting online about what a joke the acting nominees are? Because she thinks Lena Headey and Diana Rigg are terrible actors and horribly miscast.

    Hahahahahaha…

    That woman needs to be tranquillize soon. Somebody needs to tell her that she is not special and so are her minions

  • The Purist,

    She wasn’t disparaging the show or D&D, but two actors, who were recognized for their work on a TV show, not by how closely they resembled characters from a book. The woman is loathsome.

  • Can’t even read the list here because of this awful ad that will not go away. I know wic has to make some cash, but there’s not much point when the ads are so invasive you can’t read the content. Makes me miss the old days.

  • The Purist:
    Who care that GOT got 20 Emmy nominations. Breaking Bad will take most of the major awards away from it. I hope that True Detective also wins big. These two shows are deserving of the awards than some trainwreck of a season that spits on the greatness of GRRM’s novels brought to you by none other than Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. You GOT fanboys angry yet?

    @Lex: stop dreaming about Linda constantly. It’s not going to happen between the two of you.

    All You purist need to go put every penny you have and combine to make your own version of the show lets see if you have enough budget, time and enough skill to develop such story into a TV show.

    As a book reader myself I am grateful to have a show and understand the hard work the actors and staff do to have such a show. So ask yourselves, is the show breaking rating records? Yes. Is it being praised by the critics and delivers a high score? Yes. Is it being nominated for Emmys? Yes. Is it popular amongst culture? Yes. You see… All positive so D&D are doing a great job. so shut the fuck up and enjoy the show because I too read the books and I don’t need to walk around mighty because I know more details of the story.

    You purist are pathetic knocking down people’s work like you contribute anything besides sitting on your ass waiting on what latest change the show has made so you can go on sites and feel special ranting “That’s not how it goes, they ruined everything waaaah” like you don’t have the damn book to be satisfied. Different form of art HODOR

  • @Lex: stop dreaming about Linda constantly. It’s not going to happen between the two of you.

    Hahaha! I’ve always suspected you of really being Linda. This just adds weight to my theory.

  • The Purist: Same could be said to you. No need to call someone a derogatory term just because she doesn’t like a show you drool over.

    Why not? It’s one of her favourite derogatory terms to call others.

  • King Stannis,
    You mad at me, bro? Can’t tell with your ramblings.

    Lex: Hahaha! I’ve always suspected you of really being Linda. This just adds weight to my theory.

    Dude, you should get help. You know you obsess over Linda when your imagination starts running away. We know you’re the show’s biggest cheerleader but it’s okay for people to not like the show. It’s okay, calm down.

    Lex: Why not? It’s one of her favourite derogatory terms to call others.

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. You GOT fanboys talk about how you’re all better than the people who don’t like the show. Just I thought you people would know better.

    Back to the topic, I predict GOT will lose to major awards and just win the technical ones, but GOT fanboys still get butthurt and yell how the Emmy are wrong and it’s a crime that GOT didn’t win best drama, etc. Can’t wait for the Emmy and see those GOT fanboys’ tears!

  • The Purist,

    I don’t see anyone on here claiming it will win, or that if Breaking Bad or True Detective wins they will riot. All I see is you claiming it won’t win, which you will then spin to make it seem like the show is aweful and is panned, when, in reality, only butthurt book nazis think it is. Critics laud it. Awards shows reward it. Fans love it. What am I missing?

  • The Purist,

    Am I mad? Not as mad as you have been all season 4 and will be throught season 5. I can already see it on your Twitter, perhaps other sites crying that it is not the same as the books. I’ll be there to laugh every time “The Purist” shed tears.

    I love True Detective so if they win I’d be satisfied. See the deference between you I yet?

  • Lex,

    She really is just the worst. Just bitter and nasty all over. When the first s4 trailer came out she said she “fucking hated it”. So, if a trailer will rise her ire, it’s unsurprising that Emmy noms would too.

  • Tyrion Pimpslap:
    The Purist,

    She wasn’t disparaging the show or D&D, but two actors, who were recognized for their work on a TV show, not by how closely they resembled characters from a book. The woman is loathsome.

    When she (Linda) or Elio give an opinion on “Thronecast”, a British companion show to “Game of Thrones” which goes out shortly after the UK broadcasting of the show, she reigns her opinions in somewhat (they aren’t above appearing on “Thronecast”, which may be a “nice little earner” for them; I doubt they do it for free). She did say book Cersei was more like a lioness and show Cersei has more self-control (though I personally thought show Cersei was going wild and weird at the end of Season 4). I can’t be bothered to read (or listen) to her on the site. However, I did watch their video of what they had in their book-case. The only authors I had heard of that they featured were Dorothy Dunnett (I read one book of hers and decided she wasn’t my “cuppa tea”) and Mary Renault (I did read some of her books when I was younger and liked them but haven’t read all her books). Westeros.org can be funny if you don’t take it too seriously though. I usually only look at the forums.

    I know Diana Rigg isn’t as frail-looking as book Olenna though I did enjoy her portrayal of the character. Geraldine McEwan looks like book Olenna but she retired about 7 years ago. There’s another British female thespian who might have been more like book Olenna but I’m not sure if she’s still alive and Google is being more like Goofle this morning (i.e. playing up), so I’m not going to name her. As for Cersei, well I can’t think of any green-eyed blonde actresses offhand. Emilia Fox and Honeysuckle Weeks are both brown-eyed blondes who have the “acting chops”. I think they are both in their thirties so perhaps might have been too young. Myself, I don’t have a problem with Lena Headey’s depiction of the character and the show-runners having chosen the “wiggy” route, though nowadays whenever I see a blonde on TV with dark eyebrows I wonder if they are natural blonde or “bottle” blonde. I recently saw a re-run of one of the Sally Lockhart mysteries with Billie Piper playing the Sally of the title and wondered does Billie lighten her hair? If show Margaery had been more of an age with book Margaery and they ever decided to cast Mace’s wife, I might have suggested Diana Rigg’s real life daughter, Rachel Stirling, but as show Margaery is rather older than her book counterpart, if Ms Stirling played the part, Mace’s wife would have had to have given birth at about 6 years of age, and I know they started early in Westeros but…………I like Natalie Dormer’s portrayal of Margaery though.

    I agree with the people who feel it was a pity PP was overlooked. I haven’t seen the second series of “Orphan Black” yet but I did admire Tatiana Maslany from her work in the first series.

  • The Purist,

    We have been missing you!
    What number of wins do we get
    10? 6? 0?
    Breaking Bad should win for atleast best drama, dont you think. The show won 10, but GoT also has 10! Make the math.
    You came just in time!

  • Huge congrats to Peter & Lena & Ramin & Neil!!! & big NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to Pedro snub & yeah Charles Dance snub too!!! In the perfect world all Lannisters would have been nominated :)))

  • Tyrion Pimpslap: I don’t see anyone on here claiming it will win, or that if Breaking Bad or True Detective wins they will riot. All I see is you claiming it won’t win, which you will then spin to make it seem like the show is aweful and is panned, when, in reality, only butthurt book nazis think it is. Critics laud it. Awards shows reward it. Fans love it. What am I missing?

    I don’t know D&D aka the terrible duo doing a horrible job. The only nazis is the GOT fanboys, they get so butthurt when their precious shows don’t win. Just wait and see after the Emmy, you’ll see all the whining and how the other shows don’t deserve to win on this site just like past Emmys. If you don’t think that will happen, you’re in denial.

    King Stannis: Am I mad? Not as mad as you have been all season 4 and will be throught season 5. I can already see it on your Twitter, perhaps other sites crying that it is not the same as the books. I’ll be there to laugh every time “The Purist” shed tears.

    Actually, I’m quite calm and happy when I trash the show, as it’s so fun to do it. I mostly do it because GOT fanboys like you get so butthurt because someone don’t like their show.

    Tatters: Never leave us alone, you make my day every time.

    I’m never going away as long as there’s GOT fanboys to annoy.

  • I hope Lena and Peter will win.

    Sophie Turner’s acting skills have been drastically improved in s04e08. She and Maisie did a great job but Sophie’s acting is better in s4 imo. But they’ll nominate the experienced ones (like Lena) first before them. Although she’s a bitch, her acting is superb and very convincing. They shoulda included Charles Dance, Nikolaj Waldau and Aidan Gillen too.

  • Lex: LOL, sounds like you have a really interesting life.

    More interesting than yours dreaming constantly about Linda. Give it up man, you’re not even at her level. The ugly Frey girls are more your liking. How’s that, was that funny?

  • Premislaus,

    As far as Sophie Turner goes … she hasn’t really had that great of a roll as of yet. I hope in the seasons to come to see her in a stronger roll. Maisie on the other hand … I look forward to seeing her becoming a faceless assassin.