HBO submits Game of Thrones episodes, actors for Emmy consideration

The 2019 Emmy nominations will be announced on July 16, and the ballots for each category have been released. We know now what cast members, crew members and episodes HBO has submitted for consideration.

Keep that in mind. This isn’t who’s actually up for an Emmy. It’s who HBO WANTS to be up for Emmys.

There are a lot of categories to cover. First of all, HBO is submitting the show as a whole in the categories of Outstanding Casting in a Drama Series; Outstanding Main Title Design; Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama SeriesLimited Series Or Movie; and of course, Outstanding Drama Series, the top award of the night.

Then there are all the awards broken down by episode and individual. Let’s get to it.

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More)

“The Bells,” May 12, 2019 — “Long-awaited reunions occur as the ultimate battle for the Iron Throne commences.”

Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour)

“The Iron Throne,” May 19, 2019 — “In the wake of devastation, the leadership of Westeros forges a new path forward.” Jonathan Freeman, ASC, Director of Photography

“The Last Of The Starks,” May 05, 2019 — “In the aftermath of a fight, survivors try to find a way forward.” David Franco, Director of Photography

“The Long Night,” April 28, 2019 — “The characters engage in a heated conflict.” Fabian Wagner, ASC, BSC, Director of Photography

Outstanding Commercial

Joust — Game of Thrones x Bud Light

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes

“The Bells”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

“The Iron Throne.” Directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

“The Last Of The Starks.” Directed by David Nutter

“The Long Night.” Directed by Miguel Sapochnik

Honestly, we would have put forward “The Bells” as the best-directed episode of the season.

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, May 26, 2019 — “A funny and heartbreaking portrait made during the final season of Game of Thrones. Set in the fantasy world of Westeros and the very real studios, fields and carparks of Northern Ireland. Telling the bittersweet pleasure of what it means to create a world, then having to say goodbye.”

Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)

“The Long Night,” April 28, 2019 —  Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist Nicola Mount, Hairstylist Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist.

Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program

Game of Thrones: Fight For The Living

Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)

“The Long Night.” Ramin Djawadi, Composer

Outstanding Cinematography For A Nonfiction Program

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch

Outstanding Directing For A Documentary/Nonfiction Program

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch. Directed by Jeanie Finlay.

Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch. Edited by Alice Powell.

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Nonfiction Program (Single Or MultiCamera)

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Nonfiction Program (Single or MultiCamera)

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series

“The Iron Throne.” Edited by Katie Weiland.

“The Long Night.” Edited by Tim Porter.

“Winterfell,” April 14, 2019 — “Old friends and family are reunited. Cersei forms an alliance. Theon makes a commitment.” Edited by Crispin Green.

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)

“The Long Night”

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)

“The Long Night”

Outstanding Special Visual Effects

“The Bells”

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

“The Iron Throne.” Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Kit Harington as Jon Snow

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy

Pilou Asbaek as Euron Greyjoy

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Carice Van Houten as Melisandre

Some thoughts on the performer ballots: I would have swapped Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington in the Best Supporting and Best Actor spots, since Dinklage had more screentime and dialogue than Harington. As far as Supporting Actor goes, I hope Alfie Allen gets the gold this year. I’m also perplexed that Rory McCann (the Hound) didn’t get any acknowledgment, especially when Richard Dormer is submitted despite having far less screentime.

The Best Supporting Actress category is going to be tough, since Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Lena Headey all deserve it, even if Headey barely appeared in season 8. The Writing and Directing choices are a bit odd. All things considered, I thought “The Bells” was one of the better directed episodes of the season, and I think most fans would agree that “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” was the best written. But neither of those are submitted.

Again, the nominations will be on announced on July 16. The awards ceremony will be held on September 22.

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