In case you missed it, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards took place on September 14 and 15, honoring winners in mostly behind-the-camera categories. Awards for casting were announced, so if you’re an actor seeking to build and maintain relationships with casting directors, keeping up with wins in this category is a good place to start.
Check below for the winners of this year’s Casting for a Comedy Series and Casting for a Drama Series awards. Then keep reading to find out which of the actors they cast are also up for their own Primetime Emmys, waiting to find out if they too will take home the prize.
Fleabag won the prize this year, with casting by Olivia Scott-Webb. IMDb lists Scott-Webb’s top credits as Snow White and the Huntsman, Maleficent, Fury and Before Midnight. Her film work this year includes Sundance darling The Souvenir, which won the coveted Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema – Dramatic. The film’s sequel, aptly named The Souvenir: Part II, is just one of the upcoming projects to look forward to from Scott-Webb, and she’s a good name for actors to keep on their radars no matter which side of the pond they find themselves.
Nominated Actors from Fleabag:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Olivia Colman (Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)
Sian Clifford (Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)
All of Fleabag’s currently-nominated cast members have some personal connection to the show’s creator and leading lady. Waller-Bridge started Fleabag as a one-woman stage monologue, which made it to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. According to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Olivia Colman contributed to the Kickstarter campaign that helped get it there, where it went on to nab the Fringe First award. Waller-Bridge said in another interview that once Fleabag got picked up as a series, she specifically wrote the character of Godmother for the Oscar-winner. And according to Clifford, a longtime friend of Waller-Bridge, the role of Claire was also written with her in mind. The big lesson to take away from Fleabag’s acting nominees is the importance of either creating your own content or befriending those who do!
Games of Thrones (GOT) took home the win this year, with casting by Nina Gold and Robert Sterne and location casting by Carla Stronge. The casting team’s win is unabashedly deserved on the strength of the sheer number of acting nominees the show garnered for its final season. Gold and Sterne have some other impressive TV credits under their belts; both worked on casting Chernobyl and The Crown. Regarding upcoming projects, Gold was on the casting team behind this year’s highly anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Nominated Actors from GOT:
Kit Harington (Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Emilia Clarke (Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Alfie Allen (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Peter Dinklage (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Gwendoline Christie (Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Lena Headey (Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Maisie Williams (Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Sophie Turner (Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
GOT dominated this year’s nominee list, notching up a record-breaking 32 overall nominations. As this is the last opportunity to award cast members from the now-wrapped show, it will be interesting to see which actors (if any) from the popular HBO drama leave the show with a statuette in hand. While many of them have been nominated before, none of the current nominees besides Dinklage has won. Dinklage was awarded Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series three times for his role of Tyrion Lannister, and his acceptance speech last year included a shout-out to co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. “I share this [Emmy statuette] with you because you are an amazing, handsome brother,” he declared. Actors can learn from Dinklage, as well as from the overwhelming number of GOT nominees this year, the value of always supporting your co-stars no matter who gets the win.
A good student researches more than just one subject. So, just as actors beefing up on their professional training ought to be aware of other areas of the industry, you might want to check out the full list of this year’s nominees and winners before viewing the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards on September 22.