Game of Thrones: Michelle Fairley is shunned by the Emmy Awards, but the show picks up 17 nominations

Catelyn Stark actress Michelle Fairley was widely regarded as a favourite, only to fail to be nominated.

In what is being touted as one of the biggest shuns in this year's Emmy Awards Michelle Fairley didn't pick up a nomination for her outstanding performance in Game of Thrones Season Three. However, the show itself faired a little better picking up 17 nominations for the awards.

I was adamant that following her quiet yet understated performance throughout Season Three, and her knockout performance in 'The Rains of Castamere' that Michelle Fairley would get nominated and win the Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy, I even went so far as to say she was the favourite for the whole thing, and whilst I stand by that, the judges at the Emmy awards obviously didn't think so.

There is a Game of Thrones actress in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category, however rather surprisingly the nomination has fallen to Daenerys Targaryen actress Emilia Clarke, who had a solid season herself but arguably didn't stand out as much as Fairley did. However I don't want to take anything away from the actress who was at one point at the centre of allegations that she no longer wanted to film nude scenes.

Other notable nominees include Peter Dinklage in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category, which sees him hoping to win back his crown, but again many see Peter's nomination as a slight on Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who's performance was arguably significantly better than Dinklage's this season. However once again not taking anything away from Dinklage who had several memorable moments.

Rounding up the acting nominations Dame Diane Rigg very rightly picked up a nomination for Guest Actress for her tantalising performance as Lady Olenna, which I reckon she has a strong chance of winning because all of her scenes stood out. All of them!

Showrunners Benioff and Weiss were also nominated for writing for a drama series category for 'The Rains of Castamere' obviously, what other episode would it have been for? and the show itself is up for the Outstanding Drama Series nod.

Here's the full list of Game of Thrones nominations posted on

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Emilia Clarke as Supporting Actress
  • Peter Dinklage as Supporting Actor
  • Diana Rigg as Guest Actress
  • Writing in a Drama series for The Rains of Castamere (David Benioff & D.B. Weiss)
  • Art Direction, single camera (Valar Dohaeris, Kissed by Fire)
  • Oustanding Casting for a Drama
  • Cinematography, single camera (Mhysa)
  • Costumes (Walk of Punishment)
  • Editing, single camera (The Rains of Castamere)
  • Hairstyling, single camera (Second Sons)
  • Makeup, single camera, non-prosthetic (Kissed by Fire)
  • Makeup, prosthetic (Valar Dohaeris)
  • Sound Editing (And Now his Watch is Ended)
  • Sound Mixing, one hour (And Now his Watch is Ended)
  • Special Visual Effects (Valar Dohaeris)
  • Interactive Program for GoT S3 Enhanced Digital Experience

The winners will be announced on September the 22nd, with the technical categories being announced the week before on the 15th.

Do you think the right people got nominated?

Daniel Wood is an aspiring journalist from Bristol, who has an unhealthy obsession with crime fiction, a secret passion for superheroes and an avid love for all things fantasy. Consequently he also has a very understanding girlfriend! Follow Daniel Wood on Twitter.

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