- The final season of Game of Thrones was nominated for 32 Emmys, which is a record for a single season of a show.
- After the show didn’t nominate Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), and Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) for acting Emmys, they submitted themselves and it worked!
Waring: Game of Thrones spoilers
Let’s be real, fans were not thrilled about Game of Thrones’ final season, but I think there are a few stellar acting moments we can all agree were fantastic. I mean, who wasn’t also crying when Brienne of Tarth’s eyes welled up at her knighthood? And when Theon finally redeemed himself as a good man? Or when Melisandre gave Arya a literal world-saving pep talk?? Turns out, the Emmys committee totally agreed—regardless of HBO’s opinion. The network nominated seven Game of Thrones actors for awards, but Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, and Carice Van Houten were excluded and had to do it themselves.
To say Twitter is not happy with HBO would be a biiit of an understatement:
Me @ HBO when I found out that Alfie Allen had to submit himself for an Emmy pic.twitter.com/Q1zOQnXF1R— Brianna ✨ (@bri_larson97) July 16, 2019
gwendoline christie and alfie allen both getting emmy nominations after self-submitting themselves is literally a big “fuck you” to hbo and i am LIVING.— karen (@whydoikar) July 16, 2019
But on the plus side, the successful self-nominations have been truly inspirational:
HBO didn't submit Gwendoline Christie for an Emmy so she submitted herself and got a nomination.— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) July 17, 2019
Be your own biggest cheerleader.
The news that Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie submitted herself for an Emmy and got nominated hydrated me, cleared my skin, and gave me the orgasm my 1st boyfriend never could. https://t.co/1oXRAre1ly— Fiona Adorno (@FionaAdorno) July 18, 2019
Gwendoline Christie writing her own Emmy nomination pic.twitter.com/IAyr2Fohta— Claire (@tempHandle69) July 18, 2019
FYI, turns out, it’s actually pretty easy to submit yourself for an Emmy. That is, once you’re in the television industry and a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (okay, that bit might be a little challenging for us regular people—but if you’re in Game of Thrones, it’s probs fine). The submission fee is $255, which Alfie, Gwendoline, and Carice all paid themselves. Of course, networks usually end up paying way more than that to promote their nominees, but it’s why tons of actors self-submit. That being said, it’s super rare for self-submitted actors to actually get nominated. If any of the trio end up winning, it could totally be a game changer for how the Emmys runs things, and who doesn’t love that?
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