Emmy Awards voters showered “Game of Thrones” with a leading 23 nominations across 18 categories. However, the show didn’t get a perfect score. It came this close but was snubbed in one category: Best Music Composition for a Series. A nomination here for composer Ramin Djawadi for his episode submission “The Door” would have brought the HBO fantasy epic to 24 bids, tying its series-high tally from last year.
I happen to think Emmy voters got this one wrong. Djawadi’s work in Season 6 is more than worthy of a nomination, particularly for the beautiful orchestral score that played over the deadly first 15 minutes of the season finale. Listen to this track, titled “Light of the Seven,” below.
The six TV composers nominated this year are: Chris Bacon (“Bates Motel”), Duncan Thum (“Chef’s Table”), Paul Leonard-Morgan (“Limitless”), Sean Callery (“Minority Report”), Mac Quayle (“Mr. Robot”) and Abel Korzeniowski (“Penny Dreadful”). Last year’s winner Jeff Beal (“House of Cards”) was also snubbed, so Djawadi is in good company.
Even more startling is that Djawadi was shockingly spurned for the show’s iconic main title music when it was eligible for the first season. That’s right, in 2011 Emmy voters decided that they liked the themes for “Any Human Heart,” “Camelot,” “Episodes,” “The Kennedys,” “Mildred Pierce” and eventual winner “The Borgias” much more than the “Game of Thrones” tune. Quick — hum any of those six themes now. We bet you can’t.
Despite working on “Game of Thrones” for six years, Djawadi has only been nominated once, in 2014; he lost to Alan Silvestri for “Cosmos.” His Emmy story isn’t all fire and ice, though. He was nominated for the “Prison Break” main title theme music in 2006 and also for the “Flashforward” dramatic score in 2010. In other words, voters know who he is, they just don’t think his “Game of Thrones” music is particularly Emmy-worthy. Talk about a pitchy decision.
Here are the 23 “Game of Thrones” nominations for the 2016 Emmys:
Best Drama Series
Best Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage)
Best Supporting Actor (Kit Harington)
Best Supporting Actress (Emilia Clarke)
Best Supporting Actress (Lena Headey)
Best Supporting Actress (Maisie Williams)
Best Guest Actor (Max von Sydow, “The Door”)
Best Directing (Miguel Sapochnik, “Battle Of The Bastards”)
Best Directing (Jack Bender, “The Door”)
Best Writing (David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, “Battle Of The Bastards”)
Best Cinematography (“Home”)
Best Costumes (“The Winds Of Winter”)
Best Editing (“Battle Of The Bastards”)
Best Editing (“Oathbreaker”)
Best Hairstyling (“The Door”)
Best Makeup, Non-Prosthetic (“Battle Of The Bastards”)
Best Makeup, Prosthetic (“The Door”)
Best Production Design (“Blood Of My Blood,” “The Broken Man,” “No One”)
Best Sound Editing (“The Door”)
Best Sound Mixing (“Battle Of The Bastards”)
Best Stunt Coordination
Best Visual Effects (“Battle Of The Bastards”)