Why Isn't 'Game of Thrones' Nominated for Any 2017 Emmy Awards?

There's actually a good reason for this glaring omission.

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Game of Thrones broke ratings records this season, averaging more than 10 million live viewers and a jaw-dropping 30 million viewers when you include streaming and delayed viewing. It also brought us epic fiery battles, Jon Snow's nearly perfect butt, and an ice-breathing zombie dragon. But it's completely missing from the list of nominees for the 2017 Emmy Awards. So what gives?

Well, the answer is actually pretty simple: It didn't air in time to be eligible for this year's awards.

The eligibility period for the 2017 Emmys is between June 1 and May 30 every year. Game of Thrones didn't air its seventh season premiere until July 16, 2017, which means it was well outside the May 30 cut-off date. Previous seasons have premiered during April, thus making the juggernaut series eligible for the 110 Emmy Awards nominations it previously received. Of those 100 nominations, Game of Thrones has won 38 Emmys, including two consecutive wins for Best Drama Series (see below for the full list of Emmys GoT has won).

In 2016, the fantasy series took home 12 Emmys, which brought its cumulative total to 38. This number broke a record the record previously held by Frasier, making Game of Thrones the most-awarded scripted series in the history of the Emmys.

Even though Game of Thrones isn't nominated this year, HBO still looks poised to take home the Best Drama Series Emmy for its buzzy freshman series Westworld, which scored 22 nominations this year. Veep will also likely win the Emmy for Best Comedy Series for the third year in a row.

The 2017 Emmy Awards are set to air on Sunday, September 17 on CBS. Stephen Colbert will host the festivities, and presenters include Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Jim Parsons, and Oprah. Check out Zimbio's portal for the Emmy Awards for all the latest breaking news and photos of the 2017 Emmy Awards.

Emmy Wins for Game of Thrones

2016
Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series or Movie – “The Winds of Winter”; Michele Clapton, Chloe Aubry, Sheena Wichary
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: “Battle of the Bastards,” Miguel Sapochnik
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – “Battle of the Bastards”; David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosethetic) – “Battle of the Bastards”
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) – “Blood of My Blood, The Broken Man, No One”; Deborah Riley, Paul Ghirardani, Rob Cameron
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special – “The Door”
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series – “Battle of the Bastards,” Tim Porter
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series – “Battle of the Bastards”
Outstanding Special Visual Effects – “Battle of the Bastards”
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series – Nina Gold, Robert Sterne, Carla Stronge
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series – Rowley Irlam

2015
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) – “High Sparrow”; Deborah Riley, Paul Ghirardani, Rob Cameron
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosethetic) – “Mother’s Mercy”; Jane Walker, Nicola Matthews
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – “Mother’s Mercy”; David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – “Mother’s Mercy,” David Nutter
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Peter Dinklage
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie – Rowley Irlam
Outstanding Special Visual Effects – “The Dance of Dragons”
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series – “Hardhome”
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series – “Hardhome”
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series – “The Dance of Dragons,” Katie Weiland

2014
Outstanding Special and Visual Effects – “The Children”
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or Special – “The Children”; Jane Walker, Barrie Gower
Outstanding Costumes for a Series – “The Lion and the Rose”
Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera) – “The Laws of Gods and Men”; Deborah Riley, Paul Ghirardani, Rob Cameron

2013
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosethetic) – “Kissed By Fire”
Outstanding Special Visual Effects – “Valar Dohaeris”

2012
Outstanding Special Visual Effects – “Valar Morghulis”
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series – “Blackwater”
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series – “Blackwater”
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosethetic) – “The Old Gods and the New”; Paul Engelen, Melissa Lackersteen
Outstanding Costumes for a Series – “The Prince of Winterfell”; Michele Clapton, Alexander Fordham, Chloe Aubry
Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series – “Garden of Bones”; Gemma Jackson, Frank Walsh, Tina Jones

2011
Outstanding Main Title Design
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Peter Dinklage

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