Thursday, July 25, 2019

'Game of Thrones' vs. 'Outlander' at the 2019 Saturn Awards

I announced a shifting of gears at the end of Action, Thriller, Independent, and International Films at the 2019 Saturn Awards.
That's it for the movie nominees.  Tomorrow I start examining the television nominees beginning with fantasy.  Once again, it's "Game of Thrones" vs. "Outlander."
As I wrote in "Game of Thrones" vs. "Outlander" two years ago, "This is a rivalry that has been going on for as long as Best Fantasy Television Series has been presented and "Outlander" has won every time so far, which is twice."  Make that three times now, so I expect that "Outlander" will once again be the favorite.

So, what shows are competing to get beaten by either "Outlander" or "Game of Thrones"?  File 770 lists all the nominees.

Best Fantasy Television Series

    American Gods  (Starz)
    Charmed  (The CW)
    Game of Thrones  (HBO)
    The Good Place (NBC)
    The Good Witch (Hallmark Channel)
    The Magicians  (SyFy)
    Outlander  (Starz)
    The Outpost (The CW)

That's actually a good field of nominees.  "Game of Thrones" leads all television series with nine nominations.  "Outlander" has five, and all the rest have just the one nomination for Best Fantasy Television Series.  That written, I'm voting for the same show I voted for last time, "The Good Place."  If it won a Hugo, it's good enough to get my vote.

Follow over the jump for the television acting nominees, along with my predictions of who will win and who I plan on voting for.

Best Actor on a Television Series

    Grant Gustin  — The Flash (The CW)
    Kit Harington — Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Sam Heughan — Outlander (Starz)
    Andrew Lincoln — The Walking Dead  {AMC)
    Seth MacFarlane — The Orville  (Fox)
    Bill Pullman — The Sinner (USA Network)
    Jeffrey Wright — Westworld  (HBO)

I think this award is between Andrew Lincoln and Grant Gustin.  My favorite fantasy actor is Sam Heughan, but I'm not voting for him.  I'm voting for Jeffrey Wright.  Hey, Westworld.

Best Actress in a Television Series

    Caitriona Balfe — Outlander   (Starz)
    Melissa Benoist — Supergirl     (The CW)
    Emilia Clarke — Game of Thrones     (HBO)
    Sandra Oh — Killing Eve  (BBC America)
    Adrianne Palicki — The Orville (Fox)
    Candice Patton — The Flash   (The CW)
    Jodie Whittaker – Doctor Who (BBC America)

Last year, I voted for Caitriona Balfe.  She might win, but I'm not voting for her again.  Instead, I'm voting for Sandra Oh.

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series

    Jonathan Banks — Better Call Saul  {AMC)
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau  — Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Peter Dinklage — Game of Thrones (HBO)
    David Harewood — Supergirl (The CW)
    Ed Harris — Westworld  (HBO)
    Lennie James — Fear the Walking Dead  {AMC)
    Khary Payton — The Walking Dead  {AMC)

If I really wanted to vote the professional's choice, I would vote for Peter Dinklage.  Instead, I'm enough of a Westworld fan to vote for Ed Harris.

Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series

    Gwendoline Christie —  Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Danai Gurira — The Walking Dead {AMC)
    Lena Headey — Game of Thrones  (HBO)
    Melissa McBride — The Walking Dead {AMC)
    Rhea Seehorn — Better Call Saul  {AMC)
    Sophie Skelton — Outlander  (Starz)
    Sophie Turner  —  Game of Thrones  (HBO)

Four of the seven nominees are from fantasy series.  I'm not voting for any of them.  Instead, I'm voting for Danai Gurira, who I think really played a leading role last season.  I also think she or Melissa McBride will win, although I thought Gurira would win last year.  Instead, I was surprised when Rhea Seehorn won instead.  She could surprise me by repeating.

Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series

    KJ Apa  — Riverdale    (The CW)
    Tosin Cole  — Doctor Who (BBC America)
    Cameron Cuffe — Krypton (SyFy)
    Benjamin Wadsworth — Deadly Class  (SyFy)
    David Mazouz  —  Gotham (Fox)
    Cole Sprouse  — Riverdale  (The CW)
    Maisie Williams — Game of Thrones (HBO)

It's a weird field without either Millie Bobby Brown or Chandler Riggs competing.  Now I'm torn between Maisie Williams and David Mazouz.  I'll probably vote for Mazouz for the final season of "Gotham."  Still, I suspect it will be one of the stars from "Riverdale" who will walk away with the trophy.

Best Guest-Starring Performance on a Television Series

    Rainer Bock — Better Call Saul  {AMC)
    Jon Cryer — Supergirl   (The CW)
    Sydney Lemmon — Fear the Walking Dead  {AMC)
    Jeffrey Dean Morgan — The Walking Dead  {AMC)
    Tonya Pinkins — Fear the Walking Dead  {AMC)
    Ed Speleers — Outlander   (Starz)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is really a supporting actor, not a guest star.  Still, I think he'll win and I've given up trying to make my criteria match that of the Emmys, so I'm voting for him.

I'll be back tomorrow with the horror nominees.  Zombies!

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