HBO has submitted Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) for lead actor Emmy nominations for their work in season seven of Game of Thrones.
While both actors had been submitted for Emmy nominations for supporting roles (Harington in 2016 and Clarke in 2013, 2015, and 2016) neither had been up for a lead actor nomination before.
Typically, with a cast this diverse and expansive, it’s nearly impossible to pin-down what counts as a leading role. So, up until now, HBO has only submitted GoT stars for supporting actor Emmy nominations, making this the first time in history they have ever gone after a lead actor win.
This is big news for the series itself, as we see it shifting into an intense storyline driven by fewer characters and plots.
Game of Thrones beat the record with its sixth season for more Emmys won than any other tv drama in history. But, the only GoT actor who’s ever actually taken home an Emmy for their performance in the series is Peter Dinklage, who took home the supporting actor win in both 2011 and 2015.
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Peter Dinklage is going after another supporting role nomination this year, alongside Lena Heady (Cersei Lannister), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister). Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell) is up for a guest star nomination, as well.
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It looks like the Game of Thrones has been played, now let’s see who wins!
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