Game of Thrones broke the record for most Emmy nominations for any show in a single year on Tuesday by picking up 32 nods for its eighth and final season. But without the help of Gwendoline Christie, who submitted herself for consideration in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, Thrones wouldn’t have earned quite so many.
After HBO decided to only put forth Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) in the supporting actress race, Christie apparently went ahead and self-submitted her work as Ser Brienne of Tarth, knight of the Seven Kingdoms. And as should come as a surprise to no one who watched this season, she was nominated.
Christie immediately took to social media to celebrate her all-too-deserving nomination. “I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!!!????!?!!?!!!!!!!!!” she wrote on Instagram. “THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
A post shared by Gwendoline Christie (@gwendolineuniverse) on Jul 16, 2019 at 10:18am PDT
And her fans were right there with her. “HBO didn’t submit Gwendoline Christie for an Emmy so she submitted herself and got a nomination,” tweeted one Brienne enthusiast. “Be your own biggest cheerleader.”
HBO didn't submit Gwendoline Christie for an Emmy so she submitted herself and got a nomination.
Be your own biggest cheerleader.
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) July 17, 2019
Christie, of course, was in good company as her Game of Thrones costars Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) also self-submitted and were nominated in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and Guest Actress in a Drama Series categories, respectively.
See some of the best responses to Christie’s good news below.
gwendoline christie being nominated for an emmy for the role she wanted so badly, got and worked so hard to live up to is so beautiful. brienne means the world to her and this is exactly what she deserves. MY knight of the seven kingdoms.
i’m so incredibly proud pic.twitter.com/ncu2W4zz89
— jos (@brieyara) July 16, 2019
alfie allen and gwendoline christie having to submit themselves for emmy noms after being slept on by hbo for too long pic.twitter.com/cNehJRAizB
— 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴𝘢:･ﾟ✧ (@tali_fleur) July 16, 2019
— Twisha Pai (@twishapai) July 17, 2019
I am so proud of my girl Gwendoline Christie... she was told she wouldn’t make it as an actress and is now nominated for an Emmy ... screw what ppl think and go for your dreams 💜 I stan a legend
— Lauren🧚🏼♀️ (@dups127) July 17, 2019