Fans aren’t alone in thinking Outlander deserves an Emmy this year.
Although George R.R. Martin should be wrapping up Winds of Winter, the author recently revealed that he’s a huge Outlander fan and isn’t happy about the Emmy snub.
According to io9, Martin expressed his feelings about the 2016 Emmy nominations on his Not a Blog. Martin was thrilled at how Game of Thrones got 23 nominations this year — once again leading the field 00 but thought Outlander deserved a few of its own.
“I agree. OUTLANDER was robbed. All three leads were amazing… especially Tobias Menzies in his double role as Frank and Black Jack,” Martin stated in the comments thread. “Eva Green also deserved a nomination for her work in PENNY DREADFUL. Of course, every year has omissions. And right now it is harder than it has ever been. So many great, great shows to watch.”
Outlander did receive two nominations, though they were both in the technical categories of outstanding production design and period costumes.
Martin also addressed why Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington are in the supporting actor category. Both of their characters are important to the series, and many fans thought they should have been placed in leading categories.
“One big factor is the amount of screen time,” he told a fan. “Despite their seeming prominence, neither Kit nor Peter had anywhere near as much screen time as the actors nominated for leading roles.”
Despite some of the misgivings, Vulture is reporting that Martin was very pleased with how things turned for Game of Thrones. That being said, Martin believed that the Harington and Maisie Williams’ nominations were a long time coming.
At the same time, Martin also thought that Sophie Turner deserved a nod for supporting actress.
“I am thrilled and happy for all our nominees, of course… but it made me especially happy to see Kit and Maisie get some love from the Academy at last,” he told fans. “About damn time, I say. They are several years overdue. (And I would have loved to see Sophie Turner on that list as well…).”
“I know, I know,” Martin admitted. “I’m greedy.”
Meanwhile, Outlander fans were left wondering why the academy once again left Outlander out to dry. Unfortunately, Martin did not explain why the judges decided against including Outlander in any of its main categories, especially considering the show’s large fan base.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Martin is good friends with Diana Gabaldon, the author of the Outlander books. Based on the comments, Martin clearly watches Outlander, which is probably another reason why Winds of Winter hasn’t been released.
Outlander recently wrapped up its second season. The time-traveling drama, which has become one of the top shows on Starz, has already been renewed for a third and fourth season.
Production for Season 3 of Outlander is expected to commence in the coming months. The third season will premiere at some point in early 2017 on Starz.
In the meantime, fans will continue to mourn over Outlander’s Emmy snub this year. Hopefully, the academy doesn’t continue this trend in future seasons.
For its part, Game of Thrones just finished its sixth season on HBO. The mega-hit series is currently preparing for its seventh season and has enjoyed several years of success when it comes to official awards.
In fact, this is the second year in a row that Game of Thrones has topped the list for the most Emmy nominations. Whether or not the show takes home the majority of awards, however, is yet to be determined.
The 2016 Emmy Awards are scheduled to air this coming fall on ABC.
Tell us! Do you think the stars of Outlander – Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, and Tobias Menzies – should have been nominated for Emmys? Let us know in the comments below.
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