Will ‘Game Of Thrones’ Win a Record 14 Emmys for Controversial Season 8?

It’s no secret that Game of Thrones has dominated the Emmys during its first seven seasons. With 47 wins so far, the HBO fantasy drama is already the most-awarded narrative series in Emmy history. And this year, its 32 nominations made it the most-nominated continuing series in a single year. With that many bids, Is it possible that Game of Thrones will win a record 14 Emmys for its controversial season 8?

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Another HBO series holds the record

Game of Thrones already has the record for most awarded continuing series during one year, and they did it twice. GoT won 12 Emmys in both 2015 and 2016, but another HBO production holds the record for the most awards won in a single year.

In 2008, the limited series John Adams received 23 nominations and won a whopping 13 Emmys thanks to a technically superior production that featured lavish period costumes and sets. Not only did the show win Best Limited Series, but it also got two lead acting awards for stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney and a supporting actor award for Tom Wilkinson.

John Adams also won Emmys for writing, casting, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, cinematography, art direction, costumes, and prosthetic makeup. The only major category it lost was directing, as the award went to Jay Roach for Recount instead of Tom Hooper.

Considering Game of Thrones has 32 nominations total between the Primetime Emmy telecast and the Creative Arts Emmys, it seems that the show is a shoo-in to break the record. However, the show is actually competing against itself in multiple categories.

The craft categories are key

Even though the show has 32 nominations, it’s only competing in 23 categories, so the record-breaking might not be as easy as it appears at first glance. As Gold Derby points out, the Television Academy loves to shower the Game of Thrones actors with nominations, but they rarely win.

In fact, out of all the acting nominations the show has received in its first seven seasons, only Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) has actually won an Emmy. Dinklage won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama category in 2011, 2015, and 2018.

If that trend continues, then the show is going to have to dominate the craft categories like casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, interactive media, main title design, music composition, non-prosthetic makeup, prosthetic makeup, picture editing, production design, sound editing, sound mixing, stunt coordination, and visual effects.

The show also has nominations for writing and directing. And, of course, it is has a nomination for Drama Series despite the criticism the show faced for its ending. Showrunner DB Weiss says the record number of nominations wasn’t expected, but the cast and crew who received the recognition definitely deserved it.

Uniting as presenters

The acting categories at this year’s Emmys are filled with Game of Thrones stars, especially the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama category. Out of the six nominated actresses in the supporting actress category, four come from GoT: Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth).

The other acting nominees are Emila Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) for lead actress, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) for lead actor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) for supporting actor, and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) for Guest Actress.

Even though some of the stars are competing against each other in their categories, all ten will come together as presenters.

According to Gold Derby, the only Game of Thrones favorite in the four major acting categories is Dinklage. But, even though the Television Academy might not give the actors many individual awards, they definitely love to award the ensemble. The odds are in Game of Thrones’ favor for another drama series win, and that’s the best ending that HBO and the show’s creators could hope for.

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 22nd on Fox.