In the brand new Emmy Awards race for Best Short Form Variety Series, Maker Studios’ “Epic Rap Battles of History” stands out for having the guts to pit “Game of Thrones” fanatics against “The Lord of the Rings” diehards. In one of Season 5’s most talked-about rap battles (watch above), famed authors George R. R. Martin and J. R. R. Tolkien face off in a hilarious showdown for the ages. But who comes out on top? Does it even matter?
Among the best insults from the three-minute YouTube video, Martin jests, “Your hobbit hole heroes can’t handle my throne.” And Tolkien fires back, “In book sales you’ve got nothing to say. I’m number one and two, you’re under ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.'”
This is the first year that short form variety series have their own place at the Emmys. Previously, these programs had to compete in the now-retired category of Best Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program, where they were often overlooked. In this race, YouTube’s “Epic Rap Battles of History” contends against “Gay of Thrones” (FunnyOrDie), “Honest Trailers” (YouTube), “Making a Scene with James Franco” (AOL) and “Park Bench with Steve Buscemi” (AOL).
When it comes to awards shows, which franchise is the real winner? With six seasons of “Game of Thrones” in the can and six “Lord of the Rings”/”The Hobbit” movies behind us, they’ve both had their fare share of awards successes. The fifth season of “GoT” won Best Drama Series at the Emmys in 2015, while “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” claimed victory as Best Picture at the Oscars in 2003.
However, Gold Derby’s Emmy experts derived from major media outlets believe almost unanimously that Season 6 of “GoT” will win another Best Drama Series trophy this year. If that happens, it will officially put the HBO series ahead of the Tolkien film epic in terms of major Hollywood kudos.
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