Seven could be “Game of Thrones”‘ lucky number this year for its actors. Its main seven stars, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, have never all been Emmy-nominated in the same year (all seven have never been nominated at least once period), but 41 percent of our readers believe that this eighth and final season will finally be the year for a “Thrones” acting takeover.
Currently, all seven are predicted to make the cut this year across four categories, Best Drama Actress, Best Drama Actor, Best Drama Supporting Actress and Best Drama Supporting Actor. As Gold Derby exclusively revealed, HBO is only entering this septet in the regular acting races, which means they’re the network’s focus and will be backed by a heavy campaign. (The other actors on the show can submit themselves.)
Of the seven, Dinklage is the only one who’s been nominated every season so far and the only “Thrones” star to have won, so he’s the safest of them all. He’s gunning for his record-breaking eighth nomination and fourth win in the supporting category; he’s currently in a tie at three with Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) after victories in 2011, ’15 and ’18. Dinklage prevailed last year over Coster-Waldau, who’s seeking his second straight bid on the strength of the Jaime Lannister Redemption Tour.
Coster-Waldau was aided last year by Harington’s departure from the drama supporting actor category. Harington and Clarke submitted in lead last year but were snubbed and will roll the dice again in lead this year. Harington has one supporting bid under his belt, in 2016, while Clarke has three drama supporting actress nominations from 2013, ’15 and ’16.
Headey is the second most nominated star, as she’s going for her fifth bid in drama supporting actress. Like in 2016, when she was up against two co-stars, Clarke and Williams, she could be in the same position again, this time versus Williams, who’s going for nomination No. 2, and Turner, who’s the only one of the seven who has yet to be nominated.
Going 7 for 7 will be hard to pull off, and 22 percent feel that only five will make it in. Since Clarke and Harington missed last year in lead, they could very well be sidelined this year. But they are helped by a number of open spots in their respective categories.
Meanwhile, 17 percent think only six will make the cut, leaving one poor soul on the outside looking in; 11 percent picked four nominees; 6 percent went with three; 2 percent selected two; 1 percent boldly said zero; and 0 percent said there’d just be one nominee.
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.