Northern Irish sound mixers Ronan Hill and Mervyn Moore were among the big winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in LA over the weekend for their contribution to HBO epic ‘Game of Thrones’.
The sound duo picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series along with ‘Game of Thrones’ re-recording mixers Matthew Waters and Onnalee Blank.
Speaking to the BBC straight from LA, Hill said: “It was a fantastic night and it made it all the better that we won. I don't even really remember what happened or who gave us the award, I was in such shock.”
Moore said: “When we went in we didn't think we had much of a chance of winning so when we did, it was absolutely wonderful. Everyone gets their own award so I'm looking forward to bringing it back home.”
Hill and Moore previously worked together on Steve McQueen’s ‘Hunger’, picking up an IFTA Award each for Best Sound in 2008. Hill also won an IFTA in 2007 for Best Sound on ‘Kings’, while Moore won an IFTA in 2005 for Best Sound in Film/TV Drama for his work on ‘Lassie’.
‘Game of Thrones’ dominated the Creative Arts ceremony over the weekend in LA, picking up six awards in total, twice as many as any other nominee.
The Irish-shot fantasy adventure picked up awards for Outstanding Makeup; Outstanding Costumes; Outstanding Art Direction; Outstanding Special Visual Effects; Outstanding Sound Editing and of course, Outstanding Sound Mixing.
‘Game of Thrones’ is currently filming season three in Northern Ireland, with a number of Northern Irish cast and crew attached. Among those cast in roles this year include ‘Good Vibrations’ actor Richard Dormer and ‘The Shore’ actor Ciarán Hinds. After season three wraps filming, it is expected every county in Northern Ireland will have been used as a filming location for the Sky Atlantic show.
Belfast’s Paint Hall Studios has been a key location, while Linen Mills Film & TV Studio expanded its premises to cater especially for the production. The popular series, based on novels by George RR Martin, is up for a total of 11 awards between the Creative Emmy’s and the Primetime Emmys ceremony taking place next week.
Other HBO shows which fared well at this year’s ceremony include ‘Boardwalk Empire’, which walked away with three awards, and ‘Girls’, which picked up Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series. Other winners on the night included Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ and CBS show ‘Two and a Half Men’, both of which picked up two awards each.
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday September 23, where ‘Game of Thrones’ is also up for Outstanding Drama Series while Peter Dinklage has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role as Tyrion Lannister.
‘Game of Thrones’ is currently airing on Sky One from the beginning. Season three is expected to air on Sky Atlantic in March 2013.