The 2011 Primetime Emmy Award nominations have been announced, and fantasy fans can raise a tankard to HBO's Game of Thrones, which snagged 13 nods! Read on for the full list and our thoughts on the show's chances in the awards race.
Of the nominations bestowed on the denizens of Westeros, several were expected—that Main Title sequence is pretty sweet—but several were of the hoped-for-but-not-guaranteed variety, including the citing of producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss for writing the episode "Baelor," the coveted Best Drama Series category, and our personal favorite, Peter Dinklage for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Unfortunately, the competition in some of these categories is stiff, with shows like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire providing perhaps the greatest threat to Thrones' chances. The Best Drama category is a murderer's row featuring the above-mentioned behemoths as well as critical faves Friday Night Lights, Dexter, and The Good Wife.
Can a swords-and-sorcery epic compete with the likes of Don Draper? We're not sure...but if Peter Dinklage doesn't bring home the prize for his perfect portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, then something in the system is just broken. The full list of Game of Thrones nominations is here:
• Best Drama Series: Game of Thrones
• Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
• Writing in a Drama Series: David Benioff and Dan Weiss for "Baelor"
• Direction in a Single-Camera Series: Timothy van Patten for "Winter is Coming"
• Casting in a Drama Series: Nina Gold and Robert Sterne
• Costumes for a Drama Series: Michelle Clapton and Rachael Webb-Crozier for "The Pointy End"
• Hairstyling in a Single-Camera Series: Kevin Alexander and Candice Banks for "A Golden Crown"
• Main Title Design: Angus Wall, Robert Feng, Kirk H. Shintani, and Hameed Shaukat
• Non-prosthetic Makeup in a Single-Camera Series: Paul Engelen and Melissa Lackersteen for "Winter is Coming"
• Prosethtic Makeup in a Series: Paul Engelen and Conor O'Sullivan for "A Golden Crown"
• Sound Editing for a Series: Stefan Hendrix, Tim Hands, Michelle McCormack, Steve Fanagan, Andy Kennedy, Jon Stevenson, Robin Whittaker, Caoimhe Doyle, and Eoghan McDonnell
• Special Visual effects for a Series: Adam McInnes, Angela Barson, Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor, Raf Morant, Henry Badgett, Damien Mace, Stuart Brisdon, and Graham Hills
• Stunt Coordination: Paul Jennings
You can get the full list of nominations at the official Emmys site. We'll find out if winter can come to the Emmys stage when the little statues are handed out Sept. 18.