Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie nominated herself for an Emmy

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What do you do when you want recognition for your work – but your boss doesn’t put you forward? Take your lead from Gwendoline Christie, and do your own promotion

Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie put herself forward for a nomination in this year’s Emmy Awards, along with two other actors from the show – after HBO failed to submit entries on their behalf.

Christie (aka Brienne of Tarth), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) decide to take control of proceedings following the omission. 

HBO confirmed to Hollywood Reporter, who first ran the news, that it had not entered the trio for consideration by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

Instead, the actors decided to make their own applications via their agents, paying a $225 (£180) fee to do so. And the gamble paid off, as all three landed their nominations this week.

Christie and Allen appeared in the best supporting actress and actor in a drama series’ shortlists, while van Houten secured a place in the best guest actress in a drama series category.

According to Hollywood Reporter, it’s not uncommon for actors to submit their own entries to the Emmys, but it is rare that these submissions result in a nomination. 

Jon Snow with Daenerys Targaryen with a frozen waterfall behind them
Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke are both up for Emmys too

Game of Thrones secured 32 Emmy nominations for its finale season in total this week, including lead actor/actress nods for Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke.

Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams all appear alongside Christie in the supporting actress group, while Allen will be going head-to-head with his co-stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage for the supporting actor Emmy.

“I can’t believe it!” an elated Christie wrote on Twitter, as news of the nomination came through on Tuesday. “Thank you universe!”

Van Houten also shared a link to nominations, remarking that: “The summer is hot and full of surprises !! ? very honoured!”

It’s not unusual for a show on the scale of Game of Thrones to divide and rule when it comes to award nominations, in the hope of securing wins for its strongest contenders. Hollywood Reporter says there are no hard feelings between the cast and network in this particular situation. 

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will be held in September.

Images: Sky, HBO


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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.