DragonAge93, on 28 June 2012 - 10:34 PM, said:
Kit's not a bad actor at all. He plays the part of Jon well, the troubled boy who is faced with becoming a man. He stepped up a lot this season, I think. I know he's always getting shit for his "open-mouthed stare", but so what? Doesn't make him a bad actor if he has a certain face while not saying lines. Emilia's not bad either. She whines because she has to, that's Daenerys, and she pulls it off well if there are complaints she whines too much.
I agree, none of them are bad actors. Some of the complaints I've seen here have more to do with how their characters have been written, not the acting itself. And Dany started to get a bit whiny in the books as well.
And I don't think there really is a Lead Actor in the show. Sure, Dinklage gets his name first in the opening credits, ...
It's not a coincidence that he's the top billed actor, since he plays one of the main characters. He also had the most screentime in season 2 (1), befitting his status as a lead.
He's not the only lead, though. It can be argued that Emilia plays one of the main characters too (and she's gotten a substantial amount of screentime), and as such she's a lead actress.
EDIT: Just to clarify one thing: Being a lead doesn't necessarily mean you're the only main character. A movie or TV series can have several leads. GoT is based primarily on an ensemble cast with several important characters.
Every actor basically had the same amount of screen time (well, not really, but it shifted so much as to not have it on one person the entire episode). Sean Bean was a lead because his character was in most, if not all the episodes, and for every episode he was in, he was in it for about 30 minutes or so, more thank Dinklage this season.
One of the reasons why Sean Bean was a lead in season one is that he was the biggest name on the show and he played an important character.
Sean Bean certainly didn't have 30 mins of screentime for every episode in season 1: He had lots of screentime in the first few episodes, yes, but his screentime decreased and later on he didn't get much more screentime than the other leads (particularly after episode 5), and by episode 10 we didn't get to see him at all (unless you count prosthetic heads).
I haven't kept score of the exact screentime in season 1, but I believe Dinklage (and Emilia) had more screentime than Sean in the second part of season 1, so he might actually have more total screentime than Sean. He's also one of the few actors on the show who's appeared in all 20 episodes so far. The only other actor with 20 screen credits on the show so far is Lena Headey, who I also consider to be a lead.
However, there's no absolute correlation between the amount of screentime and whether you're a lead or not, and it shouldn't be taken too literally. For example, Varys and Gendry had more screentime than Sansa and Robb halfway through season 2, although it can be argued that Sansa and Robb are more central characters.
(1) According to this list, compiled by hd47 (the list only covers the first 6 episodes, but it's reasonable to assume that Tyrion would top the list after 10 episodes as well):
If anyone should win an award, I think it should be Alfie Allen, Maisie Williams, or Charles Dance, but I'd have to go with Alfie
Maisie would never compete in the same category as Alfie (since the categories are split for each gender), so I wouldn't mind if both won
Edited by Arya The Assassin, 30 June 2012 - 12:30 PM.