Peter Dinklage has long since been the MVP of Game of Thrones (and deservedly so). However whilst he was the only nominee for the first two seasons, having won Outstanding Supporting Actor once, for the third season a bevy of Game of Thrones cast members are up for a chance to be nominated, with Michelle Fairly the favourite to steal his crown.
Michelle Fairly plays the Stark matriarch Catelyn Stark, who as we all now know is no stranger to tragedy, I mean her life was far from a picnic! She thought that her two youngest son's were dead, her husband had been decapitated and her eldest son was in the midst of a war he was somehow losing. Her family might just have been the unluckiest family on television.
And of course with all of that emotional material to play with Michelle knocked it out of the park with her performances in Season Three. One of her most notable scenes being in episode 2 'Dark Wings, Dark Worlds' where she confesses to Oona Chaplin's Talisa that she wished for Jon Snow's death when he was younger and how she believes that event cursed her family, the Starks, which was superbly acted.
However it was her performance in the much anticipated and conveniently delayed episode nine 'The Rains of Castamere', in which, following episode nine traditions, the biggest moment of the series so far happened. Catelyns facial expression dropping as she realises what's happening whilst everyone else remains unaware is chilling, her begging for her son's life was desperately powerful, and her scream when Robb is killed, following her final stand and murder is a haunting memory. Her performance arguably made the episode.
Whilst remaining the favourite, Michelle faces competition from her fellow cast members Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer, Lena Headey and Sibel Kikilli who have all been submitted for nomination, so there's no guarantees that any of them will even make it to the point of being considered for the award, however many people remain fairly confident that Michelle will get nominated and then go on to win.
Peter Dinklage is also up to try and win his second Outstanding Actor Game of Thrones emmy, but he faces stiff competition from Kit Harrington, and perhaps the more deserving Nicolaj Coster-Waldau who's Season Three performance as Jaime Lannister has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Here's a full list of the Game of Thrones contenders that have been submitted for nomination.
Supporting Actor: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington
Supporting Actress: Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Sibel Kekilli
Guest Performer: Ciarán Hinds, Diana Rigg
Director: Alex Graves (And Now His Watch Is Ended), David Nutter (The Rains Of Castamere), Dan Minahan (Valar Dohaeris), David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (Walk Of Punishment)
Writing: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (The Rains of Castamere)
Cinematography: Anette Haellmigk (And Now His Watch Is Ended), Rob McLachlan (Mhysa), Chris Seager (The Bear And The Maiden Fair), David Katznelson (The Climb), Jonathan Freeman (Valar Dohaeris), Matthew Jensen (Walk Of Punishment)
Editing: Katie Weiland (And Now His Watch Is Ended), Frances Parker (Dark Wings, Dark Words), Oral Ottey (The Rains Of Castamere)
Art Direction: Valar Dohaeris, Kissed By Fire
Costumes: Walk of Punishment
Hair: Second Sons
Makeup: Kissed By Fire
Makeup (Prosthetic): Valar Dohaeris
Sound Editing: And Now His Watch Is Ended
Stunt Coordination: Kissed By Fire
The full series was also submitted in the Drama and Casting categories.
Nominees will be announced on the 18th of July, and I fully expect to see Michelle and Nicolaj's name come up. Fingers crossed that everybody's favourite fantasy show will have a great Emmy awards and clean house! Who would you like to win an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor or Actress?
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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