When your premium cable network neglects to submit you for consideration in the Emmys, just submit yourself! Or, at least, that’s the lesson learned by Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, and Carice van Houten, who found themselves with a nomination each after sending in their own names (and a $225 entry fee, according to The Hollywood Reporter).
Sweeping the drama category, Allen’s portrayal of Theon Greyjoy got a nod for best supporting actor, Christie’s turn as Brienne of Tarth earned her a best supporting actress nom, while Carice van Houten as Melisandre is nominated for best guest actress, reported THR. That makes 32 nominations in all for Game of Thrones’ final season, including lead actor (Kit Harington) and lead actress (Emilia Clarke), and a slew of supporting actors and actresses, including all three Lannister siblings (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, and Lena Headey) and both Stark sisters (Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams).
The other nominations, according to TV Guide, included several nods for Outstanding Directing (David Nutter for “The Last of the Starks,” Miguel Sapochnik for “The Long Night,” and D&D for “The Iron Throne”) and one for Outstanding Writing (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for “The Iron Throne”).
Speaking of, it turns out D&D will not be attending the Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year—nor will Miguel Sapochnik, despite their nominations. (Nathalie Emmanuel, aka Missandei, and Iain Glen, aka Jorah Mormont, won’t be there either.) Maisie Williams (Arya) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) will be in attendance, however (along with Bran, Grey Worm, Sam, Davos, and Varys), so if you see them, be sure to congratulate them on their noms!