After the scheduling embarrassment that was the 2017 Emmy Awards, Game of Thrones Season 7 is finally eligible for award nominations. Unlike the Emmys, which runs their awards season from June-June, the Golden Globes recently shifted their TV eligibility to match the movie one, going to a calendar year schedule, so that everything released in 2017 would be honored together. So, with the chance to award Game of Thrones first this time, why were there so many Game Of Thrones Golden Globes snubs?
The truth of the Golden Globes is, though some consider them the more prestigious of the TV awards (at least compared to the Emmys), part of that is because the Hollywood Foreign Press, which votes for these awards, often seems to be concerned about making sure they pick what's cool. In 2011, Game of Thrones had just walked into the room and proceeded to behead the man whose face was promoting the show on the side of every bus in Hollywood. That was cool. The Emmys had awarded Peter Dinklage, who made an amazing speech on diversity. That was cool. The Globes wanted to be cool like that.
But by Season 2, Game of Thrones was now popular, and no longer cool. The Golden Globes didn't even bother to nominate the show again until Season 4, and since then, it's been mostly courtesy nods for longevity and impressive budget spending. This year is no different. Like Seasons 4 and 5, Game of Thrones Season 7 landed only one nomination.
Lena Headey did get a nod last year for her impressive show of murdering a third of the cast with one blow. But it's not like anyone was going to vote for her to win. All jokes aside about her non-appearance foretelling impending wildfire doom for those in attendance, the truth was, she knew she didn't have to go.
And she won't have to bother this year either, since not one actor or actress got a standout nomination. In fact, this year was once again a case of Game of Thrones getting that all-too-cursory single nomination in the Best Drama Series category, and that was it.
At this point, HBO and Game of Thrones are quite used to this sort of treatment and took it in stride.
But fans were not so calm about it.
Part of the uproar is due to GoT missing out on the Emmys this past September. Fans might have been more sanguine about a single nomination if the Season 7 pouch was already heavy from the many Emmy wins it deserves. But for that, they'll have to wait for next year.
Until then, it's time to ring the SHAME bell.
Others wanted to break out the wildfire.
Some fans were more measured, assuming that the Globes should at least continue to nominate Headey for her work on the show, if not Dinklage.
And some were hoping that Sophie Turner will one day get her due for all the work she's done as Sansa Stark.
Some recognized that part of the reason is that television has caught up to the series. While Seasons 2 and 3 were actual snubs, Season 7 was not as strong as some past years and is up against some rough competition. Those TV categories are stacked.
Some fans even realized that, despite their die-hard Westeros love, they too couldn't decide who is worthy of a Golden Globe.
But the classiest of fans accepted what is and what they cannot change. Check out this shoutout to the folks that most fans never think of at all:
Congratulations to all their hard work indeed.
The 75th Golden Globes will air live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.