Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie successfully submitted herself for Emmy nomination

Roisin O'Connor

Game of Thrones stars Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen and Carice van Houten picked up Emmy nominations after self-submitting themselves for the prestigious awards ceremony, it has been revealed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO confirmed that it had not submitted the trio, who played Brienne of Tarth, Theon Greyjoy and Melisandre on the hit fantasy series, for consideration.

Each actor then chose to go ahead and submit themselves via a representative, and pay for the $225 entry fee.

Christie has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, while Allen received a nod for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Van Houten has been nominated for Best Guest Actress in the same category.

While it is not uncommon for long-shot performances to be entered via self-submission, it is unusual for them to be nominated.

Christie's nomination in particular has been championed by fans, including in a viral tweet by sports journalist Julie DiCaro who commented: "HBO didn't submit Gwendoline Christie for an Emmy so she submitted herself and got a nomination.

"Be your own biggest cheerleader."

The nominations brought Game of Thrones’ total to 32 nominations (a record for a drama series), and a single season record of 137 for HBO, which did put its GoT stars Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams up for the awards race – all of whom received nominations.

The 71st Emmy Awards will air Sunday 22 September from LA's Microsoft Theater. See the list of nominations here.