Critical Blast Best Actor in a TV Series of 2014: Peter Dinklage

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Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister Best Actor Television Series 2014 Critical Blast

Peter Dinklage's star has been on the rise for a number of years now, but it certainly began shining its brightest when he took on the role of Tyrion Lannister in the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin's sword and sorcery epic novel series, GAME OF THRONES. The series features a wide cast of characters (and rumor has it you should never get too attached to any of them), but it was Dinklage and his portrayal of Tyrion that captured the hearts and minds of fans, as reflected in the votes for this category.

According to Hollywood legend, Martin had no other actor in mind for the part of Tyrion, and no other auditions were held for the role; there was no one else to be considered but Dinklage. Whether that's true or just an interesting bit of filmmaking apocrypha, what ultimately matters is that Dinklage brings the wit and wisdom, the comedy and tragedy, of this character to a level that resonates with fans.

Pulling in a whopping 36% of all the votes, this race wasn't even close, as Dinklage beat out such fan favorites as DOCTOR WHO's Peter Capaldi (who got 22% of the vote), ARROW's Stephen Amell and THE FLASH's Tom Cavanagh (both of whom took in 14%).

Congratulations to Peter Dinklage for an award well-deserved. We'd also like to congratulate those who made the role possible -- series creators David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and of course the man who started it all, George R.R. Martin.