April 17, 2018
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is honoring the production team from HBO’s popular period drama, “Game of Thrones,” with the BAFTA Special Award at the upcoming British Academy Television Craft Awards, April 22 in London.
The award, which recognizes production workers behind the critically-acclaimed period series and its contribution to pushing the boundaries within the various crafts involved in making all 67 episodes to date, will be live-streamed on YouTube and Twitter.
“Many, many people work insanely hard to create any film or television show,” series creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, said in a statement. “They are creators every bit as much as actors, writers, producers or directors, and deserve to be recognised as such.”
Yet, accepting the award on behalf of the production team will be cast members John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) and Hannah Murray (Gilly).
“Thrones” is also nominated in two category awards, including for Michelle Clapton for Costume Design, and Deborah Riley and Rob Cameron for Production Design.
“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,” said Krishnendu Majumdar, chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee.
First broadcast in the United States in 2011, “Thrones” – which chronicles a power struggle in a vast and violent kingdom – was acquired by Sky Atlantic for U.K. audiences in the same year. The drama is based on the fantasy books by George R.R. Martin.
HBO earlier this month announced it would release Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season on 4K UHD Blu-ray/Digital HD on June 5.