Why HBO Didn’t Nominate Gwendoline Christie For an Emmy

Gwendoline Christie is having a banner year. The leggy blonde model and actress ended her reign on HBO’s Game of Thrones on the final season of the series and spent the months before and after the show promoting it far and wide.

Her character, Brienne of Tarth, is one of the most popular characters in the history of the show, and although she didn’t have the ending on the show that many fans would have liked, her performance will live on to inspire and delight future generations.

Christie is not one to shy away from tooting her own horn, and when awards season rolled around, she was happy to speak out about her work on the show.

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Why is Gwendoline Christie famous?

Gwendoline Christie started her career as a model and stage actress, her tall frame making her an intriguing subject for many photographers. During the early days of her career, she appeared on stage in plays such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and “Doctor Faustus.”

Eventually, Christie transitioned to television and film acting, starting off with a series of short films by her mentor, Nathaniel Mellors. Her first full-length film role was the 2009 film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, where she played opposite such actors as Heath Ledger, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, and Colin Farrell. 

Gwendoline Christie’s big break came in 2011 when she was cast as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones. The character of Brienne was a fan favorite in the books and there was a lot of speculation surrounding the actress who would eventually fill such a pivotal role.

Christie was a huge hit, her unconventional looks suiting the character to perfection. Christie also trained extensively for the role. She admitted in an interview that she changed her body completely in order to do justice to Brienne of Tarth, working out with a trainer in order to gain extra pounds of muscle. 

Christie nominated herself for an Emmy

Christie played Brienne of Tarth for nearly eight years on the show, but as all good things must come to an end, so too did Game of Thrones wrap up in early 2019. Christie’s performance was much praised and there was a lot of Emmy buzz for the popular actress, whose work on Game of Thrones has led to roles in Star Wars films, The Darkest Minds, and Welcome to Marwen

When the nominations for the 2019 Emmy Awards were announced in mid-July, fans were not surprised to see Christie’s name on the list of nominees. What was surprising is the fact that Christie, as well as her Game of Thrones co-stars Alfie Allen and Carice van Houten, had nominated herself for the prestigious award.

While some fans assumed that Christie was annoyed at not getting the nod from the GoT showrunners themselves, the fact is that the sheer volume of nominations stemming from Game of Thrones made it impossible for every actor on the show to receive a nomination.

So Christie took matters into her own hands and tossed her name in the hat – after paying the $225 entrance fee. Her efforts paid off, and the actress found herself nominated. 

What’s next for Christie?

Christie will find out if her efforts on Game of Thrones were rewarded when the primetime Emmy Awards air on September 22. In the meantime, she has two new films that she has been working on, The Friend and The Personal History of David Copperfield, based on the iconic novel by Charles Dickens. 

Over the past several years, Christie has more than proven her dedication to the craft of acting. The next decade should bring her nothing but success.