Emmys: 'Game of Thrones' Creative Arts Nominations Highlight Show's VFX Winning Streak

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Game of Thrones' record 32 Emmy nominations, which were announced Tuesday morning, dominated the creative artists categories and could extend the wins of its artists, many of whom have worked on the series for many seasons.

HBO's fantasy series has six previous wins for special visual effects and it again scored a mention in the category on Tuesday. VFX supervisor Joe Bauer has already won five Emmys for the series, while VFX producer Steve Kullback and VFX associate producer Adam Chazen — who have been with the series since season one — have six each.

Nominated costume designer Michele Clapton has already won five Emmys for Game of Thrones, while assistant costume designer Emma O'Loughlin and costume supervisor Kate O'Farrell have two apiece. In makeup (nominated for prosthetic and non-prosthetic), department head Jane Walker, who has five Emmys for the series, is a contender in the non-prosthetic category.

Production designer Deborah Riley, who crafted the looks for the seven kingdoms and has previously won four Emmys, led that team to another nomination.

The sound editing and mixing teams were also again nominated on Tuesday. The mixing team was led by rerecording? mixers Onnalee Blank and Mathew Water, who have four prior wins, as does production mixer Ronan Hill. Producer mixer Richard Dyer has three prior wins. The sound editing team was led by sound supervisor Tim Kimmel and sound designer Paula Fairfield, who have one Emmy each. 

This year, Game of Thrones dominated the picture editing category, claiming nominations for Katie Weiland ("The Iron Thone”), Tim Porter (“The Long Night”) and Crispin Green (“Winterfell”). All three have been previously nominated for the series, and Weiland and Porter have taken home one Emmy each.

Director of photography Jonathan Freeman (a three-time Emmy winner for Boardwalk Empire, who earned a forth nomination for Game of Thrones in 2014) is a cinematography nominee for the "Iron Throne” finale. (Absent from the cinematography category nominations was the episode “The Long Night” that generated social media complaints from fans who felt the episode was too dark.)

In the creative arts categories, Game of Thrones is also nominated for casting, hairstyling, score and stunt coordination, all of which have previously been honored or nominated by the Television Academy.