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Earlier this week, Game of Thrones broke the record for the most Emmy nominations in a single year after its final season nabbed a whopping 32 noms, and a reason for that was because Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) submitted themselves.

That’s right, HBO didn’t put Gwendoline Christie and Alfie Allen on their nomination submission shortlist for this year’s Emmys, even when their performances progressed season after season.

Christie submitted herself in the Drama Supporting Actress category while Allen submitted himself in the male counterpart, van Houten on the other hand submitted herself as Drama Guest Actress having appeared in only one episode this season.

HBO submitted Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) in the Drama Lead Actress category, and only Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) in the Drama Supporting Actress category. They all got nominated, and so did the three self-submitters.

Upon learning about Christie, Allen, and van Houten’s self-submissions, netizens were quick to show their support:

We’re happy for all the their nominations, and we’re sure fans won’t forget how great performers they are (even if HBO does)!


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