Earlier today, the nominations were handed out for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air on Monday, August 25 at 8 PM ET on NBC, with host Seth Meyers. Out of all the shows that received nods, HBO's Game of Thrones stood above the rest with a whopping 19 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. Here's a full list of Game of Thrones' nominations below.
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Lena Headey)
- Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Diana Rigg)
- Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
- Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series ("Two Swords")
- Outstanding Costumes
- Outstanding Hairstyling ("The Lion and the Rose")
- Outstanding Makeup ("Oathkeeper")
- Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup ("The Children")
- Outstanding Music ("The Mountain And The Viper")
- Outstanding Sound Editing ("The Watchers on the Wall")
- Outstanding Sound Mixing ("The Watchers on the Wall")
- Outstanding Special and Visual Effects ("The Children")
- Outstanding Stunt Coordination
The tally is a series best, topping the 16 nominations they received last year, although they only won two, for Outstanding Makeup (Non Prosthetic) and Outstanding Visual Effects. The big question is, after a record amount of nominations, how many Emmy's will Game of Thrones walk away with this year?
The show has won Outstanding Visual Effects in 2012 and 2013, so it seems like a safe bet that trend will be extended, along with Outstanding Makeup. Peter Dinklage has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor every year since the show debuted, winning an Emmy in 2011, but this year both Diana Rigg and Lena Headey scored acting nominations, which could signify that Emmy voters are taking a bigger interest in the show, aside from its technical prowess.
While a Lena Headey win would be considered a longshot considering her lofty competition - Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) - stranger things have happened at the Emmy's.
This is Diana Rigg's seventh Emmy nomination, and she could also be a dark horse candidate to win, but her field is full of talent as well, going up against Margo Martindale (The Americans), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Allison Janney (Masters of Sex), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom) and Kate Burton (Scandal). If I had to pick one of the two to win, I'd probably go with Diana Rigg, but I'm also hoping that Lena Headey can pull off an upset.
Neil Marshall, who was somehow snubbed last year for directing the infamous "Red Wedding" episode, "The Rains of Castamere", got a bit of redemption today with his first Emmy nomination for Season 4's penultimate episode, "The Watchers on the Wall". Naturally, he is going up against some stiff competition as well, namely True Detective's Cary Fukunaga, who directed all eight episodes in the HBO show's first season run, and I think the Outstanding Directing race will come down to these two nominees... but it's too close to call.
The big question is can Game of Thrones finally win Outstanding Drama Series after getting shut out for the last three years? With Breaking Bad's run now complete, and Mad Men ending its run, it's tough to say how much support these shows have from the Emmy voters. While Downton Abbey and House of Cards are worthy contenders, it could possibly come down to True Detective and Game of Thrones.
How do you think Game of Thrones will fare at the Emmy's this year? Chime in with your thoughts below.