Can ‘Westworld’ do what ‘Game of Thrones’ couldn’t and win Emmy for Best Hairstyling?

Westworld” scored a leading 22 Emmy nominations for its freshman series including a bid for Best Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series. Should it prevail in this category at the Creative Arts Emmys, it would earn bragging rights over another HBO series, “Game of Thrones,” which has lost this race six times. While Best Hairstyling might not seem like the most important award at the Emmys, it was the only other win that “Mad Men” racked up by in 2011 when it claimed its fourth Best Drama Series trophy.

That was the year that “Game of Thrones” lost this award for the first time. It was then bested by “Downton Abbey” in 2012 and “Boardwalk Empire” in 2013 before the former rallied and won three in a row for its ever-changing decade of different hairstyles. Luckily for “Westworld,” “Downton Abbey” ended its Emmy-winning run last year.

Westworld” takes place in an alternate version of the present and at a wild west themed amusement park. The sci-fi fantasy series submitted the fifth episode “Contrapasso” for nominees Joy Zapata, Pavy Olivarez, Bruce Samia and Donna Anderson. Zapata won an Emmy for “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1993. Olivarez and Samia worked with Zapata on “True Detective” while Anderson worked on “Arrested Development.” It is the first Emmy nomination for all three.

This quartet faces off against teams from “The Crown,” “Penny Dreadful,” “Stranger Things” and “Vikings.” At the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards earlier this year, the “Westworld” crew  were snubbed in the Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling-Television and New Media Series category. “Stranger Things” and “Penny Dreadful” contended there but lost to “Game of Thrones.”

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