All seven Game of Thrones actors submitted for Emmy consideration by HBO received nominations Tuesday—but so too did three performers HBO hadn't campaigned for. The nods to Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), and Carice van Houten (Melisandre)—all self-submitted—apparently surprised the show's awards campaign team, per the Hollywood Reporter, though Christie was perhaps most surprised. "I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!!!????!?!!?!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" she wrote on Instagram alongside confirmation of her nomination for best supporting actress in a drama series, per CBS News.
That category also includes Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), whom HBO submitted for consideration. Performers often submit themselves personally or through their reps, incurring a $225 entry fee, but rarely are they nominated, per the Hollywood Reporter, which notes "there are no hard feelings between the parties." Allen was nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series—Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) are also nominated in this category—and van Houten was nominated for best guest actress in a drama series. Kit Harington (Jon Snow) will contend for lead actor in a drama series, and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) got a nod for lead actress. The Emmys will be handed out Sept. 22. (Read more Game of Thrones stories.)