WTF Emmy have against Game of Thrones's soundtrack?

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  • Reis
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    Year after year Game of Thrones’s popularity are increased in the Emmys, but there isn’t no sinal of love for one of the most import part of the series: the soundtrack.
    Ramin Djawadi create little masterpieces every year for the show, maybe is one of the best soundtrack in any media, but he was snubbed so many times, including this year.

    You can hear some examples of season 6 soundtrack here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHIXcvYeTGiPY9vfcXWJmK4vJvG1OKY3T.
    We have the beautiful Light of Seven, the epic Reign, the thriller Hear me Roar and the incredible Winds of Winter, four of them in the same episode. But yet, they decide snub Ramin again.

    Anyone can me answer, WHY?

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    Riley
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    I recently wrote an article about this actually:

    For the second year in a row, Game of Thrones was nominated in eighteen of the nineteen categories in which it submitted for Emmy consideration. The lone holdout both times was Outstanding Music Composition for a Series. How this Outstanding Drama Series winner was snubbed at the expense of series with no other nominations lies in the unique process by which the Emmys’ music branch determines nominations.

    Submitting for consideration in the music categories comes with the condition that the submitter judge up to ten hours of other submissions. Unlike all other categories, in which producers, public relations or awards representatives may submit work on others’ behalf, it is up to the composers, lyricists and musical directors whose names would be cited on the potential nomination to submit themselves for consideration in the music categories.

    Submissions are evenly distributed to voters, who review them and rate each on its own merit. The submissions with the highest average ratings become the nominees.

    Saying that Game of Thrones deserves a nomination for its score is easy. Saying that a particular obscure show does not is harder. The judging system in the music categories ensures that every submission receives a fair evaluation.

    Because music nominations are not determined by simple popular votes (without at-home judging) like with most other categories, no ballots exist for the music categories, so we technically do not know that Game of Thrones has been snubbed the past two years. It is possible that the show was not considered; the only year that we know definitively that it was submitted was 2014, when the show received its sole music nomination, for the fourth-season episode “The Mountain and the Viper”.

    Ramin Djawadi not only serves as composer for Game of Thrones, but is also the composer for Person of Interest and The Strain, so it would have been impossible for him to submit his scores for all three for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series because the music branch limits each individual to two submissions per category. Djawadi was additionally eligible for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music this year because of the new opening credits sequence for the second season of The Strain. And while the submission costs in other categories are normally absorbed by the campaigning studio, because the music branches only allow musicians themselves to submit, Djawadi would have had to pay the entry fees out of pocket. He is entitled to one free entry each year, but each additional costs $225.

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    I am in total agreement. I felt so very strongly (and still do) that he should have won the Main Title Theme Music for GoT’s first season. Do those voters have cotton in their ears, or what? Do they not know music at all? What a perfectly composed, and beautifully fitting theme… I still don’t get tired of it. It reminds me of another composition that was also so perfectly fitting for its series: the main theme for Angels in America (Thomas Newman). In both cases, I can’t imagine how either could be improved upon.

    GoT’s season 6 soundtrack deserved to be nominated, but more than than, it deserved to win. That it was snubbed, makes no sense. But as I looked at the list of nominations/omissions, many of them made no sense, so…

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    Riley
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    There are a couple of things that I did not include.

    First is that whenever nominations are based solely on tape, they are weird. The Emmys only tried this once in 2006 for the major categories and it was such a disaster that they abandoned it after that year, then adopting a mixed tape/popularity vote for a few years. If music composition were higher-profile, perhaps the media backlash would have prompted something similar a long time ago.

    Second is that the music categories are the only ones where it is possible for voters to sabotage contenders. If you do not like something in other categories, all that you can do is not put it on your own nominating ballot. With the music categories, you actually have the opportunity to vote against things, as you could potentially give Game of Thrones the lowest possible rating if you are tasked to rate it and that would bring its average down. Maybe there are a few who are tired of Game of Thrones doing so well and they are doing their part to combat.

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