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Peter Dinklage On His Golden Globe, Legitimizing Fantasy & The Mistreatment of Dwarves

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Peter Dinklage is now two-for-two in his television award wins. The HBO Game of Thrones actor won an Emmy back in September of 2011 for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his take on Tyrion Lannister. Now, Dinklage has picked up a Golden Globe for the same thing and used the platform to speak out about something very important to him. 

Dinklage didn’t have too long on stage at the Golden Globes last night but as he was being ushered off by the orchestra he told the viewing audience to google a man from England. The man’s name is Martin Henderson, a 37-year-old actor with dwarfism, who was seriously injured after being thrown by a drunk man in New Zealand. He believes the man was  inspired to do so after hearing about a dwarf-tossing event held by members of England’s national rugby team. Like I said, Dinklage only had time to tell the audience to google the man and google they did. Henderson’s name was soon a trending topic on Twitter.

After his Globe win, the actor spoke backstage to reporters. One asked if he thought the show was helping to bring legitimacy to the fantasy dramas. “It depends on the writing. i think we have a handful of the most amazing writers in the business,” he said, also praising the source material from George R.R. Martin. “Hopefully it will give that genre a little bit more respect and credit.”

Dinklage has previously gone on record both about dwarves and fantasy and how the two have collided in the past. ”I don’t gravitate towards fantasy. I do have a deeper appreciation for it because of Game of Thrones, but I never really was attracted to fantasy because of how most writers depict people my size,” he said. “But it’s not just for dwarves, that could be the case for anybody, for women, for people of color. Right now it’s Middle Eastern people who are all playing terrorists. It’s short-sighted. But life is too short — no pun intended — to be interested in roles that haven’t got any meat to them.”

See Dinklage’s award speech for yourself here.

“You’ve got to push the envelope and challenge peoples expectations and ideas of what’s going to happen next. And I think we do that. And I think that adds to the addiction of the show — you never know what’s around the corner,” he said. “In Season 2, we’re not done killing off people.”

Game of Thrones returns April 1 to HBO.

(via ThinkProgress and The Hollywood Reporter)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."