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‘Game of Thrones’ Grammy Nomination Is Well Deserved After 7 Seasons & We’re Thrilled

The Grammy nominations are here! This is the opening salvo to the period known as “Awards Season,” a cluster of events that begin in January and run through to the beginning of March where all of the major art forms (Movies, Television, Music) are given the some of the most prestigious of statues, including the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the SAGs and the Grammys. (Only the Tonys and Emmys are out of season, due to their season not aligning with the calendar year.) For the first time, Game Of Thrones has scored a Grammy nomination.

Game of Thrones has been highly decorated everywhere else they are eligible, taking home Globes, SAGS, and Emmys galore. But despite the theme song to the series being iconic, and the Season 6 finale piano track “Light of the Seven” being a monumental achievement for the series, and helping spawn the Game of Thrones Experience Live Show, somehow composer Ramin Djawadi has never been nominated.

Finally, the Grammys have fixed this running oversight. Djawadi has had the soundtrack for Game of Thrones Season 7 nominated in the “Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media” category. If you’ve never heard of that category, don’t be surprised. It’s one of the dozens upon dozens that never make the live broadcast, and are instead given out during the untelevised portion of the night that occurs just before the broadcast.

This isn’t Djawadi’s first Grammy nomination, mind you. He’s been nominated before, in 2009, for his work prior to Game of Thrones, when he scored the first Iron Man film.

That nomination should semi-explain why Game of Thrones hasn’t been nominated before. The Grammy voting, both in nominations and in winners, is heavy biased towards the movie soundtrack side of the field. This is also evident in the competition the show is facing. Their fellow nominees are all films:

Jóhann Jóhannsson for Arrival
Hans Zimmer for Dunkirk
Justin Hurwitz for La La Land
Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams, and Hans Zimmer for Hidden Figures.

Despite the apparent bias against television as a soundtrack medium, Djawadi has gotten more ambitious to match the scale of the show itself, so it’s nice to see the Grammys recognize that.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the Season 7 soundtrack, especially the score for the big finale reveal of Jon Snow’s heritage, he said:

The trick with this theme is that it really had to be a love theme but when we played it in earlier episodes, you don’t want to give away the love too soon. So it had to be a theme that could be a little bit mysterious, a little moody, and you could play it darker at times. I know everybody was expecting [them to get together] but we really had to be able to do this slowly. That was the most important thing for me.
The Grammys aren’t the only one who have been snubbing the soundtrack to Game of Thrones, to be fair. The Emmys, which also relegate this category to their non-prime time portion of the event, have only awarded Djawadi for “Outstanding Music Composition” for Game of Thrones once, for the Season 4 episode “The Mountain and the Viper.” But he has earned other Emmy nominations for scores, including Westworld, Prison Break, and FlashForward.

Game of Thrones Season 7 will next be eligible for the Golden Globes in their television drama categories and for the SAGs (The Screen Actors Guild Awards.) Due to the Emmys schedule running June-June, Game of Thrones will not be nominated for this past season until next summer. We look forward to seeing how many awards this penultimate season takes home.



‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Spoilers Revealed By Jason Momoa Will Hype You Up

If Game of Thrones doesn’t want to bring back Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo for a cameo in Season 8, HBO will certainly have a spot to hire him as The Show’s Official Hype Man. Despite no longer being part of the series, Momoa is already getting fans ready for Season 8. He spent a good week running around Belfast with the cast last month, and during those long drinking sessions in the pub, apparently someone spilled some beans about top secret Game Of Thrones Season 8 spoilers.

Now, we don’t know who exactly spilled the beans to him. For instance, we know Momoa hung out one on one with Emilia Clarke, who plays his former wife on the show Daenerys. As one of the top billed cast, she’d be privy to all the major plot points. But he was also seen at a pub with Kit Harington (Jon Snow, and, ironically, Daenery’s new lover in the series). And he hung out with others, including Liam Cunningham (Davos), Rory McCann (the Hound), and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund, who we’re guessing isn’t dead).

So there’s no telling who it was that couldn’t keep calm and keep the secrets about Season 8. We’re just glad that said beans were not spilled where eager-eared fans could overhear them and spoil it for the rest of us.

So what is this big Game of Thrones Season 8 reveal? Like Momoa is going to tell you! No, this is a man who still holds the torch and the flame for the show, which is the real Moon of His Life. Instead, he’s telling us that when we finally see it, we’re going to be floored.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Momoa said:

Just knowing how amazing this season is going to be… It’s going to be the greatest thing that’s ever aired on TV. It’s going to be unbelievable. It’s going to f— up a lot of people. And it was a bummer because I’m a huge fan and I didn’t want to know what’s going on. I was like, Damn, I didn’t want to know that!
Momoa only spent one season on the show, but he still watches faithfully when it airs, and has been loving the build up to the end of the series. On the subject of Season 7, which aired this past summer, he said it was one of his favorites of the entire series so far:

All last season I was jumping around like an idiot. Seeing the Dothraki riding over the hill, going into battle, surfing their horses, it was unbelievable. It was such a cool scene. It’s also a bummer moment: Why couldn’t [Drogo] have died there! I could have died in battle. We never got to see Drogo going into battle.
Speaking of the idea of Drogo lasting longer than just the first season, fans have been speculating that Momoa might be doing a cameo appearance for the final six episodes, due to his time in Belfast coinciding with the show’s filming. Momoa wants everyone to know though that they absolutely should not get their hopes up for such a thing. He’s not back for Season 8. This was merely a series of social calls he made on the set while in Belfast with Gal Godot for DCEU related matters. He and Clarke have remained close since his leaving the show, and he wanted to introduce her to Godot, as well as see his old friends, and meet some new ones, like Cunningham (who didn’t start until Season 2) and Hivju (who wasn’t cast until Season 3).

Game of Thrones Season 8 will return for the final six episodes on HBO sometime in the vague future, around 2019 or so.

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