Game Of Thrones Exec Vents On Awards Snubs
HBO big cheese says the show doesn't get the same plaudits as other programmes because of genre...
It's undoubtedly the biggest TV show of 2014 internationally, but Game Of Thrones doesn't get the same recognition as some rival shows when it comes to awards.
And HBO's programming president Michael Lombardo has been sounding off about why he thinks the massively popular fantasy drama has often been snubbed in major categories.
While the show has won nine Emmys and Golden Globes for things like visual effects, costume work, make-up and sound effects, it only has two acting gongs to its name - and both of those are for Peter Dinklage.
Lombardo told Entertainment Weekly: "What frustrates me about the show is people really love and connect with the characters - but somehow, don't put two and two together that there are great actors embodying those roles.
"There seems to be a disconnect. This would not work without compelling writing and unbelievable acting and superb direction. And I think that's part of the challenge of a show that's a genre show. I think people think the show is carried along on its production values."
He also paid tribute to writers David Benioff and Dan Weiss - who have adapted George RR Martin's novels for the small screen.
"David and Dan are not just good - they are exceptional writers. Their scripts are as dazzling as anything I've ever read. This isn't pulled out of a book.
"We're so pleased with the show, and I would hate to sound the least bit sour grapes, because the response from fans is so spectacular, but (greater awards recognition) would be nice."
We told you yesterday how Alfie Allen had contradicted his sister Lily's claim to have been offered a cameo in the show.