Was Game of Thrones was robbed at Monday night’s 2014 Emmys — the American award show honoring television excellence? Despite being nominated for 19 Emmy awards, Game of Thrones scored no telecast awards for its writing, acting, or directing and only received four or five awards in the creative arts category:
- Art direction for a contemporary or fantasy series for the episodes “The Laws of Gods and Men” and “The Mountain and the Viper”
- Costumes for a series “The Lion and The Rose”
- Prosthetic makeup for a series, miniseries, movie or a special “The Children”
- Special and visual effects “The Children”
- User Experience and Visual Design
Worse, poor Weird Al Yanko handed poor George RR Martin a typewriter and told him to write faster. GRRM laughed it off, but you’ve gotta wonder if it chaffed a little.
If Game of Thrones had to lose to any other show, the DAZZLING groundbreakingly postmodern Sherlock is the one you would want to lose to. It’s unfortunate for HBO that this happened to be a Sherlock year — the darn thing is only spooned out to us in tiny dollops every two years.
Sherlock is one of the few shows currently on television whose writing, direction, and acting rivals — and possibly surpasses — Game of Thrones. It’s no surprise it won seven Emmys even though (allegedly) only 1% of Americans have seen it. (If you haven’t seen Sherlock yet, it’s on Netflix in the US. Be patient during the first two episodes — the first is slow and the second is dreadful — and then clear your weekend: uncontrolled binge viewing may be hard to avoid.)
Over the next few days, we’re running a series of articles that talk about several of the reasons the Game of Thrones creative teams working behind the scenes deserved these Emmy awards.