July 7, 2016 at 2:15 pm #1201861011
Of course we haven’t seen next year’s storylines yet, and the show has such a big ensemble that it would probably be reasonable to keep everyone in supporting, but it might be strategically smart at this point to promote at least a couple of cast members. The show is such a juggernaut that it could probably get nominations for lead. Also, with the new voting system it might not matter as much for having limited screentime in an episode submission, and it would open up the supporting categories to more “Thrones” actors.
The obvious choices would be the three actors who have been nominated in supporting already: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and Emilia Clarke. And especially now that Headey and Clarke look to be the dueling queens on the chess board, it might be fair for them to be considered leading ladies.
Dinklage has not only won twice at the supporting level, he’s been nominated for SAG Awards up against lead actors too. At this point he could probably keep winning supporting Emmys without trying, so maybe he should pull an Allison Janney in “The West Wing” and just go lead, maybe open up supporting to Kit Harington like Janney did for her co-star Stockard Channing.July 7, 2016 at 2:31 pm #1201861022
Peter Dinklage is not blocking anyone. He and the show are popular enough that if voters wanted to vote for another supporting actor, they would. After being snubbed for so many years, Kit Harington is not going to win suddenly in a popular vote, so moving Dinklage to lead will cost Dinklage his win and not gain the show any wins.
What the show needs to do first and foremost is always have one to two submissions per guest category. Beyond that, they should be even more strategic with their supporting submissions. Either rally behind Nikolaj Coster-Waldau or Harington, but submitting both is not helping anyone. Supporting actress should be Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Sophie Turner (or Diana Rigg if the campaign team is feeling cynical).
Headey and Clarke probably are going to split the vote for the win though. Whoever the show decides has less of a chance of winning supporting should strategically go lead.July 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm #1201861037
The most logical choices in my opinion would be Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey. Especially now that their characters are going head to head. Dinklage’s role has always been purely supporting and I think he doesn’t belong in the lead category.
However, the smartest choice is keeping them all in the supporting categories. This way they have a guaranteed spot until the show ends (or at least until they’re killed off).
Gold Derby TV Awards FYC: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life - Limited Series, Movie/Mini Actress (Lauren Graham), Movie/Mini Supp. Actress (Kelly Bishop)July 7, 2016 at 3:21 pm #1201861049
At the Emmys this could prove risky. But at the Golden Globes this could be a good idea since they wouldn’t have to compete with all of television.July 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm #1201861053
Isn’t it not going to be eligible next year because of the production delays?
Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.July 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm #1201861063
All that we know is that it is going to premiere “a little bit later” than usual, so it can still return May 7th and be eligible.July 7, 2016 at 6:01 pm #1201861087
I would say no. Dinklage, Clarke, and Headey will have a much easier time keeping their slots in the supporting categories than moving up to the lead categories and trying to squeeze some of their competitors out. As you say, the ensemble nature of the show pretty much makes it impossible for anyone to be a lead. By staying where they are, the actors are not only likely locked for nominations, but are in a very good position to win.
In Dinklage’s case, he could very well keep winning until the show is over, given how the popular vote propelled him to his second Emmy last year. If he wins again this year, he ties Aaron Paul’s record and any further wins will make him the new record holder. That alone should be incentive to stay in supporting.July 7, 2016 at 11:09 pm #1201861131
Hopefully HBO isn’t THAT rich. I barely remember him this season.July 8, 2016 at 7:08 am #1201861151
As always, never and why? Dinklage is an especially unwise suggestion. He’s in a category where he could win nearly any year without doing anything.July 8, 2016 at 7:55 am #1201861157
I’m assuming that Headey and Clarke are getting a lot of screen time next season….maybe Harrington and Turner too but not sure on that one….so I’m going to guess those two could go lead. Will they? Probably not.July 8, 2016 at 10:12 am #1201861187
Will Cersei be Queen for more than two minutes?…I’d say no on Heady and Dinklage…In the case of Clarke and Harrington, most of the minor character are now gravitating around Jon/Aemon and Daenerys but we need to see what D&D do with those characters, too much from Dany storyline has been cut or simplified to warranted a lead campaign even if she is indeed the Lead (along with Jon/Aemon) of the GoT saga.July 8, 2016 at 8:20 pm #1201861359
Obviously we can’t say anything for certain considering I’m not a writer on the show.
However prediction wise the only two going forward who could ever go lead would be Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington. I think season 7 is going to continue to wrap up a ton of wasted space (Kings Landing). So I’d say at least for next year everyone will stay where they are.
For season 8 if Emilia Clarke and(or) Kit Harrington aren’t in almost every scene then something has gone seriously wrong. I think everyone can see at this point where the series is headed. So this would be the year I can see them being bumped to lead. Also Clarke going lead (and HOPEFULLY Headey being out of the picture at this point) would open up for someone like Turner or Williams to pull out a supporting nomination for the final season.July 9, 2016 at 12:53 am #1201861395
For the record, everyone on this show is supporting and I was speaking above to what they should do if they are greedy for Emmys and willing to cut corners to get them.July 9, 2016 at 7:46 am #1201861450
The only lead for Thrones is kit harrington and emilia clarke…July 9, 2016 at 9:53 am #1201861486
For season 8 if Emilia Clarke and(or) Kit Harrington aren’t in almost every scene then something has gone seriously wrong.
Utter nonsense. They may be the prophetic heroes, but this is a story about a lot of people (and my pet theory is one of the more unlikely heroes will get the most vital win in the end). They’ll get the big wins and some of the final moments, but I don’t think the distribution of screentime and lines will change all that much, because there’s no reason it should. They’ll still have multiple locations, long-planned arcs to wrap up (certainly Tyrion/Bran/Arya/Sansa, and whoever still lives of Jaime/Sam/Cersei/Theon/Davos/Melisandre/Varys/Littlefinger/Hound/Brienne/Jorah), and everyone will still probably take an episode off, and there’s at least a strong chance they’ll give Tyrion the greatest-among-equals number of scenes like a lot of years do to conclude his story (as he’s basically uncatchable right now as the largest role in the series proper).