It’s seventh heaven for Peter Dinklage. The “Game of Thrones” star received his seventh Best Drama Supporting Actor Emmy nomination Thursday, setting a new record in the category. Dinklage was previously tied with fellow six-time nominees Will Geer (“The Waltons”), Bruce Weitz (“Hill Street Blues”), Ed Begley Jr. (“St. Elsewhere”) and Jimmy Smits (“L.A. Law”). Only Begley never won and Dinklage is the only one of the six to have won twice, in 2011 and 2015.
Dinklage is the only “Game of Thrones” star to have been nominated for every season of the show so far and the only performer to have won. He’s up against his co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Matt Smith (“The Crown”), Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) and David Harbour (“Stranger Things”).
The actor missed last year’s race due to “Game of Thrones” sitting out the Emmy cycle, so his seven nominations aren’t in consecutive years. The last time he was nominated, in 2016, it was against another co-star, Kit Harington, but both lost to Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”). (Harington, along with Emilia Clarke, went lead this year, but both were snubbed.)
If Dinklage prevails, he would tie Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) for the most wins in the category. Paul won in 2010, 2012 and 2014 for his turn as Jesse Pinkman, defeating Dinklage twice. And with “Game of Thrones”‘ eighth and final season slated for next year, Dinklage has the chance to extend his nomination record and hold the win record outright. But first things first: gotta win in September.
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