“Game of Thrones” has owned the Emmy Award for Best Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) since it was created in 2014. However, with this HBO fantasy drama not eligible this season, Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” which is set in a supernatural version of Victorian England, could prevail for its final season after losing last year.
“Penny Dreadful” entered its crackerjack two-part finale: “Perpetual Night” and “The Blessed Dark” (Jonathan McKinstry, Jo Riddell, and Philip Murphy). However, to prevail it will have to overcome three of the hottest new shows of the year: Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and HBO’s “Westworld,” which reaped two bids, and “The Young Pope.”
“Westworld” scored nominations for both the pilot “The Original” (Nathan Crowley, Naaman Marshall and Julie Ochipinti) and the season finale “The Bicameral Mind” (Zack Grobler, Steve Christensen and Julie Ochipinti). Likewise, “The Handmaid’s Tale” contends for its pilot “Offred” (Julie Berghoff, Evan Webber and Sophie Neudorfer). Conversely, “The Young Pope” is up for the series as a whole (Ludovica Ferrario, Alexandro Maria Santucci and Laura Casalini).
Unfortunately, the Art Directors Guild Awards that were given out at the start of the year, do not offer much in the way of guidance. Yes, “Westworld” won here for its pilot over, among others, “Game of Thrones.” While “Penny Dreadful” was eligible for consideration by the guild, it was snubbed. Neither “The Handmaid’s Tale” nor “The Young Pope” aired in time to be eligible at these industry kudos.
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