“Game of Thrones” actors Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen and Carice Van Houten each had to submit themselves for Emmy nominations, as HBO and the show producers did not, a person with knowledge of the process told TheWrap.
Christie plays Brienne of Tarth, Allen plays Theon Greyjoy and Van Houten plays Melisandre.
“GoT” has roughly 30 series regulars, which is a lot, even for an ensemble cast. Why not just submit them all? Well, it’s not the submission fee, which is like $225 — it’s strategy. Networks and shows worry that multiple submissions in the same category will essentially “cancel out” their candidates.
It is not unusual for a personal rep to submit their client for awards consideration if the producers and network do not — what is rare is the success rate here.
In case you were wondering, yes, HBO will pay for Christine, Allen and Van Houten to attend the Emmys, the same as any other nominee.
“Game of Thrones” drew a record 32 nominations on Tuesday, breaking “NYPD Blue’s” 25-year record for the most nominations for a single season. Overall, the HBO fantasy series has 161 nominations, the most for any series in Emmy history.
A year after seeing its 17-year streak as the most-nominated network end in 2018, HBO moved back into the top spot this year, bagging 137 nominations.