“Game of Thrones” and “Veep’s” Julia Louis-Dreyfus have about 4,309 Emmys between them (math checks out), but it’s a whole other story with the Golden Globes. The Best Drama Series and the Best TV Comedy/Musical Actress awards, respectively, have been elusive for them. And with “Game of Thrones” nabbing just one nomination on Monday, for lead Kit Harington, and “Veep” shut out entirely, this means they’ll both end their runs without one of the biggest prizes under their belts.
While the Emmys couldn’t get enough of either them — giving “Thrones” its record-tying fourth drama series win in September, one of a primetime record of 59, and six consecutive comedy actress awards to Louis-Dreyfus, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has never been a big fans of them. Harington’s bid is just the eighth total for “Thrones,” which was only nominated in drama series five times over its eight-year run, missing for its second, third and now eighth seasons. It does have one win, in supporting actor for Peter Dinklage in the first season, but Harington’s is just the third acting nomination overall, following Lena Headey‘s three years ago.
Meanwhile, the HFPA awarded Louis-Dreyfus for “Seinfeld 26 years ago, but the Globe has been her white whale for “Veep” even though she’s become the most awarded performer for a single role at the Emmys. In addition to her snub Monday, the Globes also left her off the shortlist two years ago for “Veep’s” penultimate sixth season. The Globe is the only major award missing from Louis-Dreyfus’ trophy case for “Veep.” “Veep,” which scored three consecutive comedy series Emmys, only ever received two Globe bids for Best Comedy/Musical Series.
“Thrones” and Louis-Dreyfus were predicted to reap nominations in our odds, in third and fifth place, respectively, but that may have been more wishful thinking than anything. The HFPA loves to move on to the next new thing and both shows are simply old, not to mention dead.
The Globes has played catch-up before, like when it gave “Breaking Bad” and Bryan Cranston their first wins ever for the show’s final season — but the final season of “Breaking Bad” was a massive critical and cultural phenomenon in a way neither “Thrones’s” or “Veep’s” final installments were. “Thrones” is a a phenomenon, of course, but the final season was reviled by critics and fans alike, giving the Globes an out to once again not check it off for its top prize; Harington’s nomination could sort of be like a consolation acknowledgment of the swan song of one of the biggest shows of all time.
As for Louis-Dreyfus, she didn’t go 7 for 7 for “Veep” at the Emmys, getting dethroned by “Fleabag’s” Phoebe Waller-Bridge, so there’s also less incentive for Globe voters to see to it that she gets crowned by them as well.