“Game of Thrones” co-stars Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen and Carice van Houten all received Emmy nominations on Tuesday, yet they also share another similiarity — all three actors submitted themselves for Emmy consideration.
Networks traditionally submit actors to be considered by Emmy voters, yet according to The Hollywood Reporter HBO didn’t submit any of the three, so the trio submitted themselves for consideration, via their reps, with each picking up the tab for the $225 entry fee.
As THR points out, it’s not uncommon for actors to submit themselves for Emmy consideration; however, it’s practically unheard of for these self-submissions to result in actual nominations — let alone three of them.
Yet that’s precisely what happened, with Allen (Theon Greyjoy) nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series, Christie (Brienne of Tarth) for best supporting actress in a drama series and van Houten (red priestess Melisandre) for best guest actress in a drama series.
As for why HBO opted not to submit the three for Emmy consideration, THR theorizes that because there are so many series regulars on “Game of Thrones”, it simply wasn’t feasible to enter them all, while submitting them could also “potentially undercut the chances of the show’s strongest contenders in their categories.”
However, notes THR, “it is understood that there are no hard feelings between the parties and that all nominated performers will receive the full HBO push moving forward.”
We’ll find out how they fare in their categories when the Emmys take place on Sunday, Sept. 22.