Kit Harington (‘Game of Thrones’): First-ever Golden Globe nomination could mean win

The Golden Globes aren’t big fans of “Game of Thrones.” The HBO epic fantasy series has romped through the Emmys in recent years, winning Best Drama Series twice (2015-2016) and claiming a total of 38 awards over the course of its run, more than any other drama or comedy series in history. Compare that to the Globes where it has earned six nominations and won only once: Best TV Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage in 2012. But there’s reason to believe the show could do better this year, including a first ever nomination — and maybe even a win — for Kit Harington.

Game of Thrones” usually airs in the spring, which means that it has always gone through a busy Emmy season before finally reaching the Golden Globes the following January. It’s possible Globe voters don’t want to feel like a rerun, so they have often opted for a brand new show the Emmys haven’t gotten a chance to acknowledge yet, like recent Best Drama Series champs “The Affair” (2015), “Mr. Robot” (2016), and “The Crown” (2017). But the most recent seventh season of “Thrones” premiered in the summer, so it hasn’t hit the Emmys yet. That means the Globes will be the first awards group to get a chance to honor it.

That’s good news for the show as a whole, and for Harington in particular it helps that this was one of his most prominent seasons yet on the show. His character Jon Snow is the King of the North fighting to save the world from an army of the dead. And he finally united with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), who turned out to be both his love interest and his aunt — yikes.

It’s a little surprising that Harington hasn’t at least been nominated yet. He fits the mold of the up-and-coming star the Hollywood Foreign Press Association often likes to anoint. Consider past Supporting Actor winners like Chris Colfer (“Glee”) and Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart”) and nominees in various categories including Sterling K. Brown (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”), Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), and Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”). And since Harington still hasn’t won at the Emmys, SAG Awards, or Critics’ Choice Awards, the Globes still have an opportunity to be the first to bring him onto their stage.

And it looks like it just might happen. As of this writing Harington ranks fifth in our predictions for Best TV Supporting Actor with odds of 9/1. He’s forecast to win by one of our Top 24 Users, who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Globe nominations, and one of our All-Star Top 24, who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions.

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