Warning: Game of Thrones Spoilers
Let's be real, fans were not thrilled about Game of Thrones' final season, but I think there's a few stellar acting moments we can all agree were fantastic. I mean, who wasn't also crying when Brienne of Tarth's eyes welled up at her knighthood? And when Theon finally redeemed himself as a good man? Or when Melisandre gave Arya a literally world-saving pep talk? Turns out, the Emmys committee totally agreed—regardless of HBO's opinion. The network nominated seven Game of Thrones actors for awards, but Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, and Carice Van Houten were excluded and had to do it themselves.
To say Twitter is not happy with HBO would be a bit of an understatement:
But on the plus side, the successful self-nominations have been truly inspirational:
FYI, turns out it's actually pretty easy to submit yourself for an Emmy. That is, once you're in the television industry and a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (okay, that bit might be a little challenging for us regular people—but if you're in Game of Thrones, it's probs fine). The submission fee is $255 (P12,989), which Alfie, Gwendoline, and Carice all paid themselves. Of course, networks usually end up paying way more than that to promote their nominees, but it's why tons of actors self-submit. That being said, it's super rare for self-submitted actors to actually get nominated. If any of the trio end up winning, it could totally be a game-changer for how the Emmys runs things, and who doesn't love that?
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.