Game Of Thrones music snubbed at Emmys – but it deserves recognition

Game Of Thrones dominates this year’s list of Emmy TV Award nominations over in the US. But there’s one glaring omission from its considerable roster of talent

Because despite the epic fantasy being given an astonishing 23 nods across the various categories, from acting to costume to production design, the show has been completely snubbed when it comes to the music categories.

Given how much Game Of Thrones’ sensational music has contributed to its overall atmosphere and emotional impact throughout the excellent sixth season, this seems like a bizarre and unjust oversight.

Composer Ramin Djawadi has done an astonishing job of late. In particular, his jaw-dropping piece ‘Light Of The Seven’, used in the recent series finale, attracted widespread acclaim and played an essential part in that episode’s breathtaking opening.

With its beautiful piano, sombre strings, powerful organ and spine-tingling choral vocals, it’s a sonic feast worthy of blockbuster cinema; never mind the small screen.

Frustratingly, it appears that Djawadi’s lack of recognition could be down to dull bureaucratic reasons.

The finale aired after the deadline for Emmy submissions closed, apparently making ‘Light Of The Seven’ ineligible, while the following rule for award entries might also explain the Game Of Thrones music snub:

“No re-edited, re-arranged, re-orchestrated, re-imagined, re-worked, re-recorded works are allowed.

“Additionally, the use of preexisting music that has been sampled and incorporated into a new work is not allowed. The submitted work should be wholly original to the program, presented exactly as aired and should contain nothing recognizable from a previous work – melodically, lyrically, and rhythmically.”

The issue here is that Djawadi’s work on the show frequently re-uses, re-purposes and re-arranges elements of his own creation from elsewhere on the series. Meaning that even when these returned-to themes are subtle or minimal, it effectively rules out the new composition from contention altogether.

So that’s likely why the closing segment from the moving and emotional ‘The Door’ also missed out, incorporating as it did elements from Djawadi’s ‘Winterfell/Stark’ theme.

Regardless however, it seems ridiculous that a TV show with arguably the best original music in the business right now should not get due recognition for it.

As crazy as it seems that we’re arguing Game Of Thrones should get more nominations when it already has a whopping 23, we’re going to stick out our necks and say it.

It should have had 24.

You can check out the full list and details of all the Emmy 2016 nominees here


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