Just call them squeaky wheels. Gwendoline Christie, a.k.a. Ser Brienne of Tarth to Game of Thrones fans, Alfie Allen or Theon Greyjoy, and Carice van Houten, who plays Melisandre, were all nominated for Emmys for their work …. Without any help from HBO.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, all three self-submitted their names for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, respectively.
They reportedly ponied up the $225 entry fee as well. HBO nominated plenty of star though, and Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau all earned nods as well.
"Playing Brienne of Tarth has truly been an honor and I am beyond grateful for this nomination," Christie said in a statement on Tuesday, July 16 when the nominations were announced. "This character has changed my life and redefined the way I look at the world, women and particularly myself. Thank you to George R.R. Martin, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, HBO and our incredible cast and crew. Lastly, apologies to my taxi driver who endured my screams, sobs and pure joy when getting this incredible news!"
"The truth is, I'm at a loss for words! Thank you to the Academy for recognizing me alongside such formidable actors. To my friends: Kit, Peter, Gwen, Lena, Emilia, Nikolaj, Maisie, Carice, and especially Sophie whom I was in the trenches with for so much of this journey—I am honoured to share this with you. Dave, Dan, our amazing HBO team—for 10 years you pushed me to my limits," Allen said in a statement. "Many moments I questioned why – but now I realize that it was because you believed in me. And finally, to our truly amazing fans, thank you for sticking with me, for sticking with us, through it all. I am forever grateful for your support!"
The Emmys will air live at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 on Fox.