HBO’s Game of Thrones has done it again this year with a whopping 23 Emmy nominations. The slew of nominations also broke water for its most acting nods yet. Acting nominations included previously nominated stars Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey. First time nods also went to Kit Harington and Maisie Williams, both of whom arguably gave their strongest performances yet.
For those other nominations we have: best drama, sure, best director, writing, cinematography, costumes, visual effects, production design, stunts, editing, hairstyling, make-up, casting (breathes). Yes, yup, and of course!
However, amidst all these nominations, composer Ramin Djawadi was somehow left off the ballot. A shocking snub, especially after some hauntingly superb work in this year’s season finale.
With this in mind, let’s make a note of the off-screen talent that we often forget. After all, these are the people bringing it all to life along with the actors. The season’s ninth episode,“Battle of the Bastards,” earned showrunners Benioff and Weiss nominations for writing and Miguel Sapochnik for directing. Jack Bender was also nominated for directing “The Door.”
Yes, Bender is partly responsible for our cringing reaction every time someone asks that we “hold the door.”
Despite last years 12 primetime Emmy awards, this year makes for the show’s most honored season yet. And with critics considering this season stronger than the last, we might be seeing another Game of Thrones sweep.
Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, held on Sunday, Sept. 18 on ABC.