They’re cheering in the Seven Kingdoms. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Award nominations are out and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” collected 13 nods, including for drama series, supporting actor for Peter Dinklage and writing for executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Even the prosthetic makeup artists — for the death-by-molten-gold scene in the episode “A Golden Crown” — scored a nomination.
“These nominations are great honors for the various individuals singled out, but the truth is that hundreds of people worked on ‘Game of Thrones,’ setting up lights at 5 in the morning, sewing wolf sigils on Sunday evenings, forging Valyrian steel daggers,” Benioff and Weiss said in a statement. “The crew and production staff work insane hours and their credits flash by in the blink of an eye at the end of each episode. We thank them for their passion and commitment to the show, and we thank the academy for recognizing their labors. And of course, thanks to HBO and George R.R. Martin.”
Other categories where “Thrones” collected nods include casting, costumes, directing, hairstyling, main title design, makeup (nonprosthetic), sound editing, special visual effects and stunts. One omission, however, is an acting nod for Emilia Clarke, whose dramatic slave-to-queen character arc as Daenerys Targaryen made her a fan favorite.
Historically, the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences hasn’t showered praise on genre shows, but that may be changing. Here’s how some other geek-friendly programs fared:
“Dexter” — Might this finally be the year Michael C. Hall wins an Emmy for playing Showtime’s serial killer, Dexter Morgan? “In the fifth season we sort of had to take responsibility for the mess in Dexter’s world,” said Hall, who collected his fifth nomination in the lead actor category (his fourth for “Dexter”; his first nomination was for “Six Feet Under”), speaking to our sister blog, Awards Tracker. “He had a big share in Rita’s death. It was difficult to try to play this guy who maintains some sort of disconnect from his emotions and still process all of that.” The blood-spattered series also scored nods for drama, guest actress for Julia Stiles, editing, sound mixing, special visual effects and stunt coordination.
“The Walking Dead” — Bodies don’t just disembowel themselves. Greg Nicotero’s zombification team on AMC’s undead serial scored nods for prosthetic makeup and special visual effects, with the show also garnering a nomination for sound editing. Notable omission: There was no drama nod for a series that has been lavished in critical praise.
“True Blood” — Alfre Woodard earned a guest actress nomination for playing Ruby Jean, the institutionalized mother of flamboyant Lafayette in HBO’s Southern vampire drama. The series also collected nods in art direction, makeup (nonprosthetic) and sound editing. Notable omission: Denis O’Hare, who delivered a crowd-pleasing performance as villainous vampire king Russell Edgington.
“Robot Chicken” — Seth Green’s Cartoon Network stop-motion pop culture parody show collected nominations for animated program and short format animated program, while Green got a voiceover nod for eight characters: Robot Chicken Nerd, Batman, Venger, Cobra Commander, Teenager, Judge, Newscaster and Light Cycle Driver.
– Rebecca Keegan
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