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'Game of Thrones' star Gwendoline Christie submitted herself for an Emmy nod when HBO didn't  1 Month ago

Source:   USA Today  

They say you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. When it comes to TV awards, you should probably go out for the Emmys you think you deserve, not the ones your network thinks you do. 

That's a well-learned lesson for "Game of Thrones" stars Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre), who all received Emmy nominations Tuesday for their work on the final season of the HBO fantasy series, in supporting actress, supporting actor and guest actress, respectfully. And they wouldn't have had anything to celebrate if they didn't take the initiative. 

HBO confirmed to USA TODAY that Christie, Allen and van Houten submitted themselves to the Television Academy for awards consideration, via their representatives, picking up the $225 entrance fee along the way. The Emmy nomination process requires all candidates to be submitted beforehand, and in many cases the networks submit actors and behind-the-camera talent that they believe will be contenders. 

In the case of "Thrones," there are dozens of named characters played by fine actors giving great performances, so it seems unlikely that a network would submit every cast member. And awards races are a delicate campaign; submitting too many actors in one category could split the vote and lead to fewer nominations (and no award come Emmys night). But clearly, all three actors knew their final outings in Westeros were special enough to be worth entering, and they were roundly rewarded when the nominations were announced Tuesday. 

The three nominations for Christie, Allen and van Houten helped propel "Thrones" to a record 32 nominations, the most ever for a series in a single season. HBO topped all networks for total nominations, garnering 137 across the board. 

The primetime Emmy Awards will air on Fox on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 EDT/5 PDT. 

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