At this year’s Emmys Ramin Djawadi is nominated twice for Best Music Composition for a Series, once for the “Game of Thrones” episode “The Dragon and the Wolf” and once for the “Westworld” episode “Akane No Mai.” The composer has now been nominated a total of six times, following prior bids for “Westworld” (main title theme in 2017), “Game of Thrones” (music composition in 2014), “FlashForward” (music composition in 2010) and “Prison Break” (main title theme in 2006), but he has yet to take home the big prize. Will this finally be his year?
Djawadi is up against Sean Callery (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), Mark Isham, Cindy O’Connor and Michael Simon (“Once Upon a Time”), W.G. Snuffy Walden and A. Patrick Rose (“SEAL Team”) and Kevin Kiner (“Star Wars Rebels”). According to our predictions, Djawadi is in first place for “Game of Thrones” with odds of 1/4 and in second place for “Westworld” with odds of 6/1.
For the last three years this trophy has gone to a show that was nominated in the Best Drama Series category, with Jeff Beal having won for “House of Cards” in 2015 and 2017, and Mac Quayle for “Mr.Robot” in 2016. Of the six nominated shows in this category, “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld” happen to be the only programs nominated for Drama Series, which could go in Djawadi’s favor. The fact that he is nominated twice proves that he has a lot of support. But which show would he win for?
As he’s now been nominated twice for both “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld,” the first nom for “Westworld” being in the Best Original Main Title Theme Music category, it’s difficult to see where the support lies. His Grammy bid for “Game of Thrones” this year and the “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience,” where he has performed highlights from the show’s score in front of a live audience in the US and overseas, may be indications that there is more passion behind his work on that show.
While his score in “Akane No Mai” is vastly different from anything else he has done on “Westworld” and is pivotal to the tone of the episode as some of our favorite characters head to Shogun World, his score in “The Dragon and the Wolf” stresses that storylines are colliding and that the end is near. “Game of Thrones” now being the most nominated show in Emmy history and the final season being right around the corner could work in his favor.
However, under the new Emmy system where you check off one winner instead of ranking the nominees, vote splitting is a factor that must be taken into consideration. If Djawadi splits votes with himself, someone to look out for is 17-time Emmy nominee and four-time winner, Callery. This year, he is nominated for composing the score on “Marvel’s Jessica Jones’” episode “AKA Playland.” The last time he was nominated in this category was in 2016 for Fox’s “Minority Report.” While he didn’t go on to win in that category, he won for “Marvel’s Jessica Jone’s” main title theme music. Emmy voters love repeat winners, so it would not be surprising if he went home with the trophy again after having prevailed in this category three times for “24” and already having been recognized for “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”
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