MEDIA ACCESS AWARD FOR GAME OF THRONES
October 25, 2013
George RR Martin accepts 2013 “Visionary Award” on behalf of GAME OF THRONES.
The Media Access Awards honor films and television programs that champion disability as a feature of humanity — and as a component of great storytelling. In recent years, this industry-wide, multi-guild celebration has spotlighted talents including Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, the casting office of Glee, actor Marlee Matlin, The Sessions writer-director Ben Lewin, and others who have continued to support and encourage the intersection of disability and visibility in media. David Radcliff, of the Writers With Disabilities Committee of the Writers Guild of America, West, wrote to inform me of this honor, saying, “Game of Thrones seems a natural fit for this recognition. Since its earliest episodes, your gripping series has introduced us to a paralyzed boy with a supernatural gift, has endeared us to a Little Person defined not by his height but by his wit, and has regularly mined the lives of “cripples, bastards, and broken things” to celebrate their strengths and complexities. In fact, it is a fantastic credit to your work that Game of Thrones is not commonly thought of as a show that “deals with” disability — it is something even better: a show that embraces the reality that no one is easily definable.” The award was presented at a breakfast at the Beverly Hilton. For more about the awards, and a full list of this year’s honorees, see: