Game of Thrones season 7 nominated for the highbrow Humanitas Prize


The awards nominations continue to roll in for Game of Thrones season 7, both from places you’d expect and places you wouldn’t.

Let’s start with the expected. First, Variety reports that season 7 has been nominated for several awards from the Visual Effects Society. It has 11 nominations in all, more than any other movie or TV show:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Orientation Part 1”
  • Game of Thrones, “Beyond the Wall”
    • Joe Bauer
    • Steve Kullback
    • Chris Baird
    • David Ramos
    • Sam Conway
  • Legion, “Chapter 1”
  • Star Trek: Discovery, “The Vulcan Hello”
  • Stranger Things, “The Gate”

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project

  • Black Mirror, “Metalhead”
  • Game of Thrones, “Beyond the Wall”; Zombie Polar Bear
    • Paul Story
    • Todd Labonte
    • Matthew Muntean
    • Nicholas Wilson
  • Game of Thrones, “Eastwatch”; Drogon Meets Jon
    • Jonathan Symmonds
    • Thomas Kutschera
    • Philipp Winterstein
    • Andreas Krieg
  • Game of Thrones, “The Spoils of War”; Drogon Loot Train Attack
    • Murray Stevenson
    • Jason Snyman
    • Jenn Taylor
    • Florian Friedmann

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins; City of Memphis
  • Game of Thrones, “Beyond the Wall”; Frozen Lake
    • Daniel Villalba
    • Antonio Lado
    • José Luis Barreiro
    • Isaac de la Pompa
  • Game of Thrones, “Eastwatch”
    • Patrice Poissant
    • Deak Ferrand
    • Dominic Daigle
    • Gabriel Morin
  • Still Star-Crossed, City
  • Stranger Things 2, The Gate

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

  • Game of Thrones, “Beyond the Wall”; Frozen Lake
    • Manuel Ramírez
    • Óscar Márquez
    • Pablo Hernández
    • David Gacituaga
  • Game of Thrones, “The Dragon and the Wolf”; Wall Destruction
    Thomas Hullin
    Dominik Kirouac
    Sylvain Nouveau
    Nathan Arbuckle
  • Heineken, “The Trailblazers”
  • Outlander, “Eye of the Storm”; Stormy Seas

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

  • Game of Thrones, “Beyond the Wall”; Frozen Lake
    • Óscar Perea
    • Santiago Martos
    • David Esteve
    • Michael Crane
  • Game of Thrones, “Eastwatch”
    • Thomas Montminy Brodeur
    • Xavier Fourmond
    • Reuben Barkataki
    • Sébastien Raets
  • Game of Thrones, “The Spoils of War”; Loot Train Attack
    • Dom Hellier
    • Thijs Noij
    • Edwin Holdsworth
    • Giacomo Matteucci
  • Star Trek: Discovery

Unsurprisingly, Game of Thrones tends to clean up at the VES Awards, and we expect a repeat this year. The winners will be revealed on February 13.

Next up are the Cinema Audio Awards, which hands out awards for sound editing. As it has every year it’s been on, Game of Thrones is nominated in the “Television Series — 1 Hour” category. Here’s the field:

  • Better Call Saul, “Lantern”
  • Game of Thrones, “Beyond the Wall”
    • Production Mixer – Ronan Hill, CAS
    • Production Mixer – Richard Dyer, CAS
    • Re-recording Mixer – Onnalee Blank, CAS
    • Re-recording Mixer – Mathew Waters, CAS
    • Foley Mixer – Brett Voss, CAS
  • Stranger Things, Chapter 8 “The Mind Flayer”
  • The Crown, “Misadventure”
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Episode #1 “Offred”

Game of Thrones has won in this category for the past four years, so the odds are good that it’ll take home another prize. The awards will be presented on February 24.

Now for the unexpected: for the first time, Game of Thrones has been nominated for the Humanitas Prize, which is awarded to writers of film and TV who, in words taken directly from the website:

  • “Encourage viewers to truly explore what it means to be a human being.”
  • “Challenge viewers to take charge of their lives and use their freedom in a responsible way.”
  • “Motivate viewers to reach out in respect and compassion to all their brothers and sisters in the human family.”

Those are some…lofty expectations. We’re not sure why the Humanitas people decided that Game of Thrones suddenly became worthy of this recognition in season 7, but whatever floats their boatsex is fine with us.

Game of Thrones has been nominated in the “60-minute category.” Here’s the competition:

  • Game of Thrones, “The Dragon and the Wolf” written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
  • Madam Secretary, “Good Bones,” written by Joy Gregory
  • The Good Doctor, “Pilot,” teleplay by David Shore

In addition to the prize itself, the winners will receive $10,000 — we’re sure Benioff and Weiss could really use it.

The winners will be announced of February 16. Snark aside, best of luck to everyone nominated, particularly those from Game of Thrones.

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