WRITTEN BY: CECILIE BREE WILKINS
Gwendoline Christie, star of the hit series, “Game of Thrones,” proved how important it is to be your own biggest cheerleader when she submitted herself to the Emmys after her network, HBO, failed to do so. Christie ultimately received the nomination.
Christie is known for her role as Brienne of Tarth, a Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, and a fan favorite character. Channeling her iconic character’s self determination, Christie fronted the Emmys $225 fee, and submitted herself for a nomination for the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award.
While the network, HBO, did not submit Christie, those they did submit consisted of Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister, Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, and Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark.
In addition to Christie, other “Game of Thrones” stars, Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy and Carice Van Houten, who plays Melisandre, also submitted themselves and received Emmy nominations.
While actors do often submit themselves rather than their network, it is uncommon for those self submissions to result in nominations. This was clearly understood by Christie who was shocked to learn she had received her nomination.
In an Instagram caption for a screenshot of an email informing Christie of the nomination, she said, “I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!!!????!?!!?!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Also nominated in Christie’s category are Fiona Shaw of “Killing Eve” and Julia Garner of “Ozark.”
With Christie’s nomination included, “Game of Thrones” collected 32 Emmy nominations for their final season. This historic record would not have been achieved without the three additional nominations from these self submissions.
The prime-time Emmy Awards will air on Fox on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
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