Guild awards scorecard: Is ‘Stranger Things’ or ‘Westworld’ in front heading into the Emmys?

Game of Thrones” was once again the big winner at the annual awards bestowed by the industry guilds and societies that share voters with the Emmys (find the complete winners and nominations below). Although “Game of Thrones” increased in nominations from last year (29 to 33), it decreased in wins (16 to 13), most notably losing the Producers Guild Award for Best Drama Series to newcomer “Stranger Things.” That marked the second time in the last decade that PGA did not rubberstamp the winner of the equivalent Emmy; the other was “Boardwalk Empire” over “Mad Men” for 2011.

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“Stranger Things” proved further formidable with its Screen Actors Guild Award win for Best Drama Ensemble. Do these two major wins make it unbeatable at the Emmys, especially with “Game of Thrones” sitting out this cycle? Statistically, “Stranger Things” also needed to win the Writers Guild Award for Best Drama Series Writing to be a safe bet.

Five dramas in the 2000s have swept the top PGA, SAG and WGA prizes and all won the top Emmy the same season: “The West Wing” (2000), “Lost” (2005), “Mad Men” (2008), “Mad Men” (2009) and “Breaking Bad” (2013).

Five further dramas won both PGA and SAG, but not WGA, like “Stranger Things.” “The West Wing” (2001) and “The Sopranos” (2007) won the Emmy, but the other three lost: “Six Feet Under” (2003 to “The West Wing”), “Grey’s Anatomy” (2006 to “24”) and “Boardwalk Empire” (2011 to “Mad Men”).

The Americans” bested “Stranger Things” with WGA, the first guild win for “The Americans” after four seasons. “Stranger Things” notably also lost the Best New Series Writing race to “Atlanta,” despite that award historically favoring dramas — “Atlanta” is the fourth comedy to win in the category’s 12-year existence.

The Crown” is favored over “Stranger Things” by Gold Derby’s users and editors for the Emmys, but it was not even nominated by PGA or WGA. Is Gold Derby off base here or did “The Crown” just release too late to make much of an impact with the guilds? It is worth noting that the “The Crown” won more often than not when it was nominated by the guilds, as did fellow new dramas “The Get Down” and “This is Us.”

Perhaps most unfairly underestimated for the Emmys is “Westworld,” which Gold Derby collectively ranks fifth for Best Drama Series. It was both the most nominated and awarded new drama with the guilds; “Westworld” even defeated “Game of Thrones” for three awards that the latter won last year: Best Period/Fantasy Production Design, Best Period Locations and Best Short-Form Sound Effects Editing.

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Like at the Emmys, “Better Call Saul” and “House of Cards” boasted high nomination counts, but were shut out in wins. 52 dramas were recognized by the guilds this year; all nominations are below. With a few noted exceptions, the eligibility period for awards was January 1 to December 31, 2016:

PGA = Producers Guild of America (June 2015 to December 2016 eligible)
DGA = Directors Guild of America
WGA = Writers Guild of America (December 2015 to November 2016 eligible)
SAG = Screen Actors Guild
ACE = American Cinema Editors
ADG = Art Directors Guild
ASC = American Society of Cinematographers (December 2015 to November 2016 eligible)
CAS = Cinema Audio Society
CDG = Costume Designers Guild
CSA = Casting Society of America (June 2015 to May 2016 eligible)
GMS = Guild of Music Supervisors (September 2015 to August 2016 eligible)
ICG = International Cinematographers’ Guild Publicists
LMGI = Location Managers Guild International
MPSE = Motion Picture Sound Editors
MUAHS = Makeup Artists & Hairstylists Guild
SOC = Society of Camera Operators
VES = Visual Effects Society

13 WINS

“Game of Thrones” (33 nominations from 15 guilds)
PGA: Drama Series
DGA: Drama Directing
WGA: Drama Series Writing
WGA: Drama Episode Writing
SAG: Drama Ensemble
SAG: Drama Actor (Peter Dinklage)
SAG: Stunt Ensemble
ACE: Non-Commercial One-Hour Editing
ADG: Period/Fantasy Production Design
ASC: Non-Commercial Cinematography (Fabian Wagner)
ASC: Non-Commercial Cinematography (Anette Haellmigk)
CAS: One-Hour Sound Mixing
CDG: Fantasy Costumes
CSA: Continuing Drama Casting
LMGI: Period Locations
MPSE: Short-Form Sound Effects Editing
MPSE: Short-Form Dialogue Editing
MPSE: Short-Form Music Score Editing
MUAHS: Series Period/Character Makeup
MUAHS: Series Period/Character Hairstyling
MUAHS: Series Special Makeup Effects
SOC: Camera Operation
VES: Photoreal Visual Effects
VES: Animated Performance (James Kinnings et al.)
VES: Animated Performance (Sebastian Lauer et al.)
VES: Visual Effects-Created Environment (Edmond Engelbrecht et al.)
VES: Visual Effects-Created Environment (Deak Ferrand et al.)
VES: Virtual Cinematography
VES: Visual Effects Simulations (Kevin Blom et al.)
VES: Visual Effects Simulations (Thomas Hullin et al.)
VES: Visual Effects Compositing (Eduardo Díaz et al.)
VES: Visual Effects Compositing (Dominic Hellier et al.)
VES: Visual Effects Compositing (Thomas Montminy-Brodeur et al.)

6 WINS

“Westworld” (23 nominations from 14 guilds)
PGA: Drama Series
DGA: Drama Directing
WGA: Drama Series Writing
WGA: New Series Writing
SAG: Drama Ensemble
SAG: Drama Actress (Thandie Newton)
SAG: Stunt Ensemble
ACE: Non-Commercial One-Hour Editing
ADG: Period/Fantasy Production Design
ASC: Movie/Mini/Pilot Cinematography
CAS: One-Hour Sound Mixing
CDG: Period Costumes (Ane Crabtree)
CDG: Period Costumes (Trish Summerville)
LMGI: Period Locations
MPSE: Short-Form Sound Effects Editing
MPSE: Short-Form Dialogue Editing
MPSE: Long-Form Sound Effects Editing
MPSE: Long-Form Dialogue Editing
MUAHS: Series Period/Character Makeup
MUAHS: Series Contemporary Makeup
MUAHS: Series Special Makeup Effects
SOC: Camera Operation
VES: Photoreal Visual Effects

4 WINS

“Stranger Things” (19 nominations from 14 guilds)
PGA: Drama Series
DGA: Drama Directing
WGA: Drama Series Writing
WGA: New Series Writing
SAG: Drama Ensemble
SAG: Drama Actress (Millie Bobby Brown)
SAG: Drama Actress (Winona Ryder)
ACE: Non-Commercial One-Hour Editing (Kevin D. Ross)
ACE: Non-Commercial One-Hour Editing (Dean Zimmerman)
ADG: Period/Fantasy Production Design
CAS: One-Hour Sound Mixing
CDG: Period Costumes
GMS: Drama Music Supervision
LMGI: Period Locations
MPSE: Short-Form Sound Effects Editing
MPSE: Short-Form Music Score Editing
MUAHS: Series Period/Character Hairstyling
SOC: Camera Operation
VES: Photoreal Visual Effects

“The Crown” (7 nominations from 5 guilds)
SAG: Drama Ensemble
SAG: Drama Actor (John Lithgow)
SAG: Drama Actress (Claire Foy)
ACE: Non-Commercial One-Hour Editing
ADG: Period/Fantasy Production Design
CDG: Period Costumes
LMGI: Period Locations

3 WINS

“This is Us” (5 nominations from 4 guilds)
WGA: New Series Writing
WGA: Drama Episode Writing
SAG: Drama Actor (Sterling K. Brown)
ACE: Commercial One-Hour Editing
ICG: Publicity Campaign

“The Get Down” (4 nominations from 2 guilds)
GMS: Comedy/Musical Music Supervision
GMS: Original Song
MPSE: Short-Form Musical Sound Editing
MPSE: Long-Form Musical Sound Editing

2 WINS

“Mr. Robot” (7 nominations from 7 guilds)
SAG: Drama Actor (Rami Malek)
ACE: Commercial One-Hour Editing
ADG: Contemporary Production Design
ASC: Commercial Cinematography
CAS: One-Hour Sound Mixing
CSA: New Drama Casting
SOC: Camera Operation

1 WIN

“Penny Dreadful” (7 nominations from 5 guilds)
ASC: Non-Commercial Cinematography
CDG: Period Costumes
MPSE: Short-Form Dialogue Editing
MUAHS: Series Period/Character Makeup
MUAHS: Series Period/Character Hairstyling
MUAHS: Series Special Makeup Effects
VES: Supporting Visual Effects

“Black Sails” (4 nominations from 2 guilds)
MPSE: Short-Form Sound Effects Editing
VES: Supporting Visual Effects
VES: Visual Effects-Created Environment
VES: Visual Effects Compositing

“The Americans” (2 nominations from 2 guilds)
WGA: Drama Series Writing
CSA: Continuing Drama Casting

“Bloodline” (2 nominations from 2 guilds)
ADG: Contemporary Production Design
CSA: Continuing Drama Casting

0 WINS

“Better Call Saul” (12 nominations from 7 guilds)
PGA: Drama Series
WGA: Drama Series Writing
WGA: Drama Episode Writing (Heather Marion & Vince Gilligan)
WGA: Drama Episode Writing (Gordon Smith)
WGA: Drama Episode Writing (Thomas Schnauz)
ACE: Commercial One-Hour Editing (Kelley Dixon & Chris McCaleb)
ACE: Commercial One-Hour Editing (Skip Macdonald)
ACE: Commercial One-Hour Editing (Skip Macdonald & Curtis Thurber)
ADG: Contemporary Production Design
CAS: One-Hour Sound Mixing
LMGI: Contemporary Locations
MPSE: Short-Form Sound Effects Editing

“House of Cards” (7 nominations from 6 guilds)
PGA: Drama Series
SAG: Drama Actor (Kevin Spacey)
SAG: Drama Actress (Robin Wright)
ADG: Contemporary Production Design
ASC: Non-Commercial Cinematography
CDG: Contemporary Costumes
CSA: Continuing Drama Casting

“The Man in the High Castle” (6 nominations from 5 guilds)
ADG: Period/Fantasy Production Design
CDG: Fantasy Costumes
CSA: New Drama Casting
LMGI: Period Locations
VES: Supporting Visual Effects
VES: Visual Effects-Created Environment

“The Walking Dead” (4 nominations from 4 guilds)
SAG: Stunt Ensemble
CDG: Fantasy Costumes
MPSE: Short-Form Dialogue Editing
MUAHS: Series Special Makeup Effects

“Empire” (5 nominations from 3 guilds)
CDG: Contemporary Costumes
GMS: Comedy/Musical Music Supervision
GMS: Original Song
MUAHS: Series Contemporary Makeup
MUAHS: Series Contemporary Hairstyling

“Preacher” (3 nominations from 3 guilds)
ADG: Contemporary Production Design
ASC: Commercial Cinematography
MPSE: Long-Form Sound Effects Editing

“Orange is the New Black” (3 nominations from 2 guilds)
SAG: Comedy Ensemble
SAG: Comedy Actress (Uzo Aduba)
CSA: Continuing Drama Casting

“Luke Cage” (2 nominations from 2 guilds)
SAG: Stunt Ensemble
MPSE: Short-Form Music Score Editing

“Narcos” (2 nominations from 2 guilds)
CSA: New Drama Casting
MPSE: Short-Form Sound Effects Editing

“Rosewood” (2 nominations from 1 guild)
GMS: Drama Music Supervision
GMS: Original Song

“The Royals” (2 nominations from 1 guild)
GMS: Drama Music Supervision
GMS: Original Song

“The Affair” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
LMGI: Contemporary Locations

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
MPSE: Short-Form Dialogue Editing

“Animal Kingdom” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
MPSE: Short-Form Music Score Editing

“Arrow” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
MPSE: Short-Form Music Score Editing

“Billions” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
CSA: New Drama Casting

“Bosch” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
LMGI: Contemporary Locations

“Daredevil” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
SAG: Stunt Ensemble

“Downton Abbey” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
SAG: Drama Ensemble

“The Exorcist” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
ASC: Movie/Mini/Pilot Cinematography

“The Expanse” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
VES: Photoreal Visual Effects

“Goliath” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
LMGI: Contemporary Locations

“Gotham” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
ASC: Commercial Cinematography

“Halt and Catch Fire” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
GMS: Drama Music Supervision

“Lethal Weapon” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
MPSE: Short-Form Music Score Editing

“The Leftovers” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
GMS: Drama Music Supervision

“Manhattan” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
ASC: Commercial Cinematography

“Marco Polo” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
MPSE: Short-Form Sound Effects Editing

“Masters of Sex” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
MUAHS: Series Period/Character Hairstyling

“Nashville” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
MPSE: Short-Form Musical Sound Editing

“Once Upon a Time” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
CDG: Fantasy Costumes

“Outlander” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
ASC: Non-Commercial Cinematography

“Quantico” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
MPSE: Short-Form Music Score Editing

“Quarry” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
MPSE: Long-Form Musical Sound Editing

“Scandal” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
LMGI: Contemporary Locations

“The Shannara Chronicles” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
MPSE: Short-Form Dialogue Editing

“Shooter” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
MPSE: Short-Form Dialogue Editing

“Sleepy Hollow” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
CDG: Fantasy Costumes

“Underground” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
ASC: Commercial Cinematography

“UnREAL” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
CSA: New Drama Casting

“Vikings” (1 nomination from 1 guild)
VES: Supporting Visual Effects

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