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."
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
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.