Game of Thrones wins at Art Directors Guild Awards, loses at Grammys

Award season march on, and Game of Thrones continues to pick up hardware. Over the weekend, Thrones emerged victorious at the Art Directors Guild Awards, where it was nominated in the “One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series” category. Here’s what it was up against:

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: “The Bad Beginning: Part One,” “The Reptile Room: Part One,” “The Wide Window: Part One” (Production Designer: Bo Welch)
  • The Crown: “A Company of Men,” “Beryl,” “Dear Mrs. Kennedy” (Production Designer: Martin Childs)
  • Game of Thrones: “Dragonstone,” “The Queen`s Justice,” “Eastwatch” (Production Designer: Deborah Riley) (WINNER)
  • MIndhunter: “S1:E1,” “S1:E4,” “S1:E9” (Production Designer: Steve Arnold)
  • Stranger Things: “Chapter Six: The Spy,” “Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer,” “Chapter Nine: The Gate” (Production Designer: Chris Trujillo)

The Art Directors Guild Awards honor “production design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos.” Deborah Riley, who’s been the show’s production designer since season 4, accepted the award.

Riley and her team turned in lots of great designs for season 7, including Daenerys’ Dragonstone throne, the Dragonpit, and Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. I’d say they earned the award. You can take a look at some of the concept art for the season here.

Thrones has been nominated for this award for each of its seven seasons, only losing out during its first and sixth. Let’s see if it can go six for eight after its final season airs.

Game of Thrones wasn’t quite so lucky at other awards shows. At Sunday’s Grammy Awards, long-time series composer Ramin Djawadi lost the award for “Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media” category to Justin Hurwitz, who composed the score for La La Land.

This was Djawadi’s first Grammy nomination for his work on Game of Thrones (he was nominated for his score for Iron Man back in 2009). I think we can all agree that he deserves to take home the gold come season 8.

But at least one Game of Thrones alum managed to snag a Grammy on Sunday: one-time Lannister soldier Ed Sheeran won the awards for both Pop Solo Performance (for “Shape of You”) and Pop Vocal Album. Maisie Williams approves.

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