Petitioners be damned, Game of Thrones‘ final season is nominated for no less than , running in categories like Best Drama, Best Actor and Best Actress. Among those nominated for supporting roles are Alfie Allen, Carice van Houten and Gwendoline Christie, aka Theon Greyjoy, Lady Melisandre and Brienne of Tarth. The crazy thing? They nominated themselves after HBO chose not to submit them for awards, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Game of Thrones has a massive cast of characters, and HBO can’t be expected to put forward everyone. And, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, it’s not unusual for actors and actresses, or their representatives, to apply for nominations themselves. What is unusual, though, is for those who apply themselves to actually score Emmy nominations.
The three stars all scored nominations for different awards. Christie is in the running for Best Supporting Actress, Allen for Best Ssupporting Actor and van Houten for Best Guest Actress in a drama series. Elsewhere, Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, is nominated as Best Lead Actor and Emilia “Daenerys Targaryen” Clarke is gunning for Best Lead Actress.
As mentioned, the blockbuster got 32 nominations in total, making HBO the network with the most total nominations this year — 137 in all.
The final season of Game of Thrones was loved by many, apparently including the committee in charge of Emmy nominations, but also passionately hated by other parts of the show’s massive fan base. Over a million fans (infamously) signed a petition to, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have faced much online opprobrium for how the series ended.
Expect more Game of Thrones headlines soon as the cast —— descends on San Diego for a Comic-Con panel this weekend.