The BAFTAs send their regards. The production team behind Game Of Thrones will receive the BAFTA Special Award at this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards in London next Sunday, an event which will be live streamed on YouTube and Twitter.
According to BAFTA, the award is being bestowed in recognition of the “revolutionizing” craft departments behind the HBO epic and also to recognize the support the series has provided for the TV industry in the UK. The fantasy hit has filmed across various locations in Northern Ireland, with a production HQ at Titanic Studios in Belfast which has been home to the series since the pilot.
Receiving the award on behalf of the HODs and behind-the-scenes talent on 22 April will be GOT actors John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) and Hannah Murray (Gilly). The series will have a chance to score more glory on the night as it is also nominated in two other categories: Michelle Clapton for Costume Design and Deborah Riley and Rob Cameron for Production Design.
Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee, said, “This award recognizes and celebrates the excellent craftsmanship of the entire production team behind Game of Thrones. The craft behind what is one of the most popular dramas of our time is nothing short of incredible, from the breath-taking location shots to the intricately designed costumes and set pieces, and not forgetting the level of detail from the makeup and prosthetics team to name a few. Huge congratulations to everyone involved.”
Executive producers D. B. Weiss and David Benioff commented, “This award makes us extremely happy on behalf of the people who actually earned it – all our brilliant, talented, hard-working department heads and crew. Many, many people work insanely hard to create any film or television show. They are creators every bit as much as actors, writers, producers or directors, and deserve to be recognised as such.”
Netflix’s The Crown and BBC/FX co-production Taboo lead the way among nominees on the night, the former scoring seven nominations and the latter nabbing six. Elsewhere, Peaky Blinders, Blue Planet II and Black Mirror secured five noms. Brit actor Stephen Mangan (Episodes) will host the awards which will be at London’s Brewery.