The Screen Actors Guild awards are upon us! Winners will be announced this Saturday, January 18, and our beloved Game of Thrones is up for three different awards! Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble go to multiple actors and professionals involved in the show, while Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) stands out with his nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.

As fans, of course we want GoT to win any award that comes its way — but we're prepared to back this up with some stone-cold facts opinions. Here are five reasons why Game of Thrones should win every SAG award they're nominated for.

1. The Cast Is Huge — But They All Kill it Every Time

If Thrones wins the big Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award, the trophy will go to a whopping 32 different series regulars in the show. Because of the complex, interwoven stories of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, every actor has to work in a diversity of settings on the daily — plus, they carry their character identities so well that we don't get lost. Those 32 actors, after all, are just the main cast.

2. Tyrion Lannister Had a Rough Season — and Peter Dinklage Sold It

Tyrion started out Game of Thrones Season 3 nursing his shiny new scars and ended it with no way to comfort his new wife, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). Tyrion wears a lot of hats, between managing his relationships between his lady-love, Shae (Sibel Kekilli), and his wife; walking the tightrope of keeping Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) in line while not enraging him to the point of losing his own head; and keeping family courtesies while still watching out for himself. When your character is such a skilled actor, it takes a really skilled actor to play him, and Peter does so with a seemingly effortless grace.

Peter's acting chops are so great that even his co-stars are overwhelmed. "I love to watch him. When we act together, I really forget to act," said co-star Sibel. "I’m just watching him and I think 'oh my gosh, it’s my turn.'"

Bonus points: Peter manages to play Tyrion drunk and smart at the same time. Anyone can do a stumble-and-slur job; it takes some serious attention to detail to play Tyrion's brand of drunken savant.

4. Medieval Warfare Is Super Freaking Brutal

It would be a total faux pas to not give props to GoT's stunt ensemble, because they 100% deserve all the accolades possible. Because of the extreme level of violence and gore, they have to be on their A-game and work incredibly closely with the special effects team. The fight scenes aren't just for show or flash, either; tiny plot details come to light right in the heat of the action.

If you have the stomach for it, stop and really admire the Red Wedding. It's so incredibly complicated, yet so well-executed that we're allowed to just get caught in the action.

5. Every Character Is So Well-Played, We Have No Alliances

It's different for everyone, of course, but we have attachments to a member of every different house. No character or family is expendable in our eyes (except maybe Joffrey) — even if everyone is expendable to George R. R. Martin. Game of Thrones is a gigantic, complex undertaking, and it only keeps getting better. If we had our way, every single actor would be nominated for their own award, but that would make the awards ceremony take forever.

Why do you think Game of Thrones should win big at the SAG Awards? Let us know in the comments!


Sarah Anne Lloyd is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!