Emmy Rumors: Is Lena Headey Sitting The Awards Out?


LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20:  Writer/producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (at mic) with cast and crew accept Outstanding Drama Series award for ‘Game of Thrones’ onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by FOX/FOX Collection/Getty Images)

The Emmys are around the corner, and organizers are prepping the Microsoft Theater to host hundreds of entertainment industry insiders. Goldderby, a site dedicated to awards predictions, took a spin through the theater yesterday, while preparations were underway. By that time, the organizers had already put photos and name cards on many seats, indicating where the presenters and nominees will be sitting.

Each card also comes with a number (Kit Harington is A23, for example). By putting them together, GoldDerby was able to figure out the order in which the awards will be presented…but more on in a minute. More interesting to us is that, according to GoldDerby, there were two placards missing in the section for the Outstanding Supporting Actress nominees.

"It does appear that almost all the acting nominees will be attending. However, we did not see seat cards for drama supporting actress nominees Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) and Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”), drama supporting actor nominee Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”), and movie/mini contenders Audra McDonald (“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”), and Idris Elba (“Luther”). It is very possible they will be missing the show."

Maggie Smith has rarely attended the Emmys these past few years, and her staying in the UK is not surprising. But Lena Headey has always made the effort to attend—last year, she turned up after giving birth a couple months before. One wonders what might be keeping her away this year? Or her placard might just not have been placed yet.

Anyway, here’s how GoldDerby projects the show going:

"1. Comedy Supporting Actor2. Comedy Writing3. Comedy Supporting Actress4. Comedy Directing5. Comedy Actress6. Comedy Actor7. Reality-Competition Program8. Movie/Limited Series Writing9. Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress10. Movie/Limited Series Directing11. Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actor12. Movie/Limited Series Actress13. Movie/Limited Series Actor14. TV Movie15. Limited Series16. Variety Special Writing17. Variety Talk Series18. Variety Special Directing19. Variety Sketch Series20. Drama Writing21. Drama Supporting Actress22. Drama Directing23. Drama Supporting Actor24. Drama Actor25. Drama Actress26. Comedy Series27. Drama Series"

So according to GoldDerby, all the drama awards will come at the end, with little mixing between comedy and drama. That “block formation” means that those who are tuning in just Game of Thrones’ categories can come in late. (Although it notes that the producers can still flip things around if they want.) Maybe rewatch “Battle of the Bastards” to get hyped.