Game of Thrones fans incredulous after Sansa Stark snubbed in Emmy nominations
Sophie Turner's performance as Sansa Stark was praised as Emmy-worthy all year but the actress has failed to rate a mention at Friday's Emmy Award nominations.
Turner's character Sansa Stark held a central role in season six, becoming the head of her decimated family with half-brother Jon Snow.
Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, and Maisie Williams, who plays Sansa's younger sister Arya, were both nominated for best supporting actor and actress in a drama series, but Turner missed out.
How did @SophieT not get nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal as Sansa? Probably one of the best performances by an actress, ever.— Dearbhla Ruisèal (@DervlaRussell) July 14, 2016
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Outraged Game of Thrones fans went on Twitter to vent about what perceived was a major slight to 20-year-old Turner.
"Sophie Turner is the Leonardo DiCaprio of the Emmys except the only difference is she's never actually nominated," tweeted one fan.
sophie turner is the leonardo dicaprio of the emmys except the only difference is shes never actually nominated— lauren (@THESOPHlETURNER) July 14, 2016
Others agreed Turner had been "screwed" and "robbed" while one fan said the fact Arya's smaller role had been recognised instead of Sansa's was "a joke".
Sansa's comeback in season six was monumental given her brutal rape at the hands of her husband Ramsay Bolton last season, which sparked international headlines and a fan backlash against the show.
The recent season saw Sansa kill Ramsay and take back her murdered family's kingdom of Winterfell along with Snow.
Vanity Fair also described Turner's snub as a "glaring omission" among the nominees list and questioned Maisie William's nomination.
"Arya's story line, in particular, was unpopular. Their nominations here, especially in light of Turner's incredibly mature and subtle work, are puzzling," critic Joanna Robinson wrote.
"I'd also argue that Jaime Lannister actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who, in the final three episodes of the season, did his best work in years, is a glaring omission."
On social media, fans said Turner's performance had been the best of season six and were incredulous that most of Turner's female co-stars had been nominated.
Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister, and Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, were also recognised.
this season had mad focus on sansa, and sophie KILLED IT, but for some reason the emmy noms come and all she gets are crickets? COME ON— (no) maj (@kattymaj) July 14, 2016
I'm so mad Sophie Turner didnt get and Emmy nomination for her role of Sansa Stark this season don't fight me on this— was smolderderavin. (@istansansastark) July 15, 2016
"I'm sorry but how was Sophie Turner the only #GOT lead lady not to get an Emmy nom [sic]? Sansa was probably the best character this year," asked one incredulous fan.
Turner was gracious about the snub, tweeting her congratulations to Williams and Harington.
My big brother and my little sister did me proud today. 😍🎉 @Maisie_Williams— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) July 14, 2016
"My big brother and my little sister did me proud today" she wrote.
Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, also received a best supporting actor nomination, a category he won both in 2015 and 2011.
The other most nominated programs were The People vs OJ Simpson with 22 nominations, Fargo (18), Veep (17), Saturday Night Live (16),House of Cards (13), The Night Manager (12), Silicon Valley (11) andDownton Abbey (10).
The 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards will air on September 18.
- The Age