Emmys: Will overdue Jeremy Podeswa (‘Game of Thrones’) finally win for directing Season 7 finale ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’?

Will director Jeremy Podeswa finally win his first Emmy Award this year for helming the Season 7 finale of “Game of Thrones,” “The Dragon and the Wolf”? (Read our recap of the episode.) This marks Podeswa’s fourth career Emmy nomination following bids for the “Game of Thrones” episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (2015), the “Boardwalk Empire” episode “Anastasia” (2011) and “Part Eight” of “The Pacific” (2010).

TV academy members may feel that it’s time the overdue director received recognition for his more than two decades of television work. After all, Podeswa’s filmography reads like a list of the Emmys’ favorite TV shows, including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “True Detective,” “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story,” “Homeland,” “Dexter” and “Six Feet Under.”

In this year’s Emmy race for Best Drama Directing Podeswa faces off against the following competitors:

*Kari Skogland for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (“After”); this is her first Emmy nom for directing

*Jason Bateman for “Ozark” (“The Toll”); this is his first Emmy nom for directing, and he’s also a three-time acting nominee for “Arrested Development” (2005 and 2013) and “Ozark” (2018)

*Stephen Daldry for “The Crown” (“Paterfamilias”); this is his second Emmy nom for directing after last year’s episode “Hyde Park Corner”

*The Duffer Brothers for “Stranger Things” (“Chapter Nine: The Gate”); this is their second Emmy nom for directing after last year’s episode “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”

*Daniel Sackheim for “Ozark” (“Tonight We Improvise”); he previously won for directing the “NYPD Blue” episode “Tempest In A C-Cup” (1994)

*Alan Taylor for “Game of Thrones” (“Beyond the Wall”); he previously won for directing “The Sopranos” episode “Kennedy and Heidi” (2007)

Of all of Podeswa’s rivals, only Daldry might also fit into that “overdue director” category. Besides his back-to-back nominations for helming “The Crown,” Daldry is a three-time Best Director Oscar nominee for “Billy Elliot” (2000), “The Hours” (2002) and “The Reader” (2008). Emmy voters love it when famous film directors come to television — just ask recent champs Martin Scorsese (“Boardwalk Empire” in 2011) and David Fincher (“House of Cards” in 2013) — which could benefit Daldry.

Gold Derby’s contributors recently spoke at length about the 2018 Emmy race for Best Drama Directing in their video predictions slugfest. Tony Ruiz argued that he thinks Podeswa is “winning pretty handily,” while Tom O’Brien added that none of the other nominated shows are “quite as splashy” as “Game of Thrones.” Do YOU think overdue Podeswa will finally win an Emmy? Sound off down in the comments section.

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