Just when we thought we understood how the Emmy nominating process works, this happened.
It all started earlier this week when D’arcy Carden and Ken Jeong announced the nominees for the 2019 Emmy Awards, where several Game of Thrones stars—including Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre)—received nods for the popular HBO series.
Although the announcement caught the actors off guard, it appears they weren’t the only ones who were surprised by the nominations. As it turns out, HBO didn’t submit the three stars for consideration by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
So, each of the actors nominated themselves, which included covering the $225 entry fee, according to The Hollywood Reporter.