With 38 wins (and counting), “Game of Thrones” has amassed more Emmys than any other drama or comedy throughout television history. The show’s seventh season, which aired last summer, is eligible at the upcoming 2018 Emmys, so we’re curious to know how many of its actors will earn nominations. Kit Harington and Peter Dinklage have contended in the past, while Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is hoping to hear his name called for the first time. Vote in our poll below to let us know how many noms “Game of Thrones” will earn for its male actors.
Kit Harington plays Jon Snow on HBO’s fantasy epic, a bastard who doesn’t know he’s actually the true heir to the throne. The English actor earned his first nomination as Best Drama Supporting Actor at the 2016 Emmys, though he lost in a bit of an upset to Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”). Because of his increased screen time in Season 7 there is speculation that Harington could submit in lead, as that’s what he did at the Golden Globes. A potential nomination for Best Drama Actor would take him out of direct competition with Dinklage and Coster-Waldau, thereby eliminating any vote-splitting, which may have been his downfall two years ago.
As savvy adviser Tyrion Lannister, Peter Dinklage was the first, and so far only, “Game of Thrones” performer to win an acting Emmy. In fact, he did it twice (2011 and 2015). If Dinklage earns a seventh nomination for the show, he’ll set a new record for the most Best Drama Supporting Actor nominations in the category’s history. And if he were to go win a third trophy, he’d tie Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) as the biggest champion in this race. In Season 7 Tyrion interacted even more with Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her dragons, giving him many memorable and impactful scenes that should stick with Emmy voters.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been with the show since Day 1, but has so far been overlooked by the Emmys in his role as Kingslayer Jaime Lannister. While Harington and Dinklage both play heroic personalities, Coster-Waldau gets to sink his teeth into a more conflicted character. Sometimes Jaime can be pure evil (remember when he pushed a little boy out of a tower window?), while at other times he seems to question the decisions made by his evil sister/lover Cersei (Lena Headey). Coster-Waldau earned nominations in 2013 at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Gold Derby TV Awards.
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