The Game of Thrones cast is taking to social media to celebrate their impressive 32 Emmy Award nominations, which were announced this morning. Categories include Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress (Emilia Clarke for Daenerys Targaryen), and Outstanding Lead Actor (Kit Harington for Jon Snow).
Nominated actors Gwendoline Christie, Maisie Williams, and Alfie Allen are among those who’ve responded to the big news online. Take a look their reactions below.
Williams, who was previously nominated for Supporting Actress in 2016, reacted to her second nomination with a simple GIF on Twitter.
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) July 16, 2019
Christie posted her Supporting Actress announcement, her first-ever Emmy nomination, on Instagram. The Brienne of Tarth star wrote in an emotional caption, “I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!!!????!?!!?!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #EmmyAwards #CANITTRULYBEREAL?????????? 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯♥️.”
Her cast mates filled the comments section with high praise. Lena Headey, who was nominated in the same category for her performance as Cersei Lannister, wrote, “GWENDOLINE 🙌💗🙌💗🙌.” Isaac Hempstead Wright, who starred as Bran Stark, showed his love with a string of heart-eyed emoji.
Carice van Houten, who was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Melisandre, posted the news on Instagram as well. “Whut?!?!? 🔥 the summer is hot and full of surprises! Wow, I’m very excited and proud!” she wrote in the caption.
Allen, another first-time nominee, wrote on his Instagram Story, “Wow. Was not expecting that.” He also posted a photo of goosebumps on his arm to show his excitement is real.
humble KING EMMY AWARD NOMINATED ALFIE ALLEN pic.twitter.com/GU9Pj0t5m8
— abbey (@alfiesgreyjoy) July 16, 2019
Sophie Turner, who’s also a first-time nominee, didn’t publicly respond to the news as she is currently on her honeymoon with husband Joe Jonas. However, her hubby did break the Internet silence to congratulate her. “So incredibly proud of you,” he wrote in his Instagram Story.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who is nominated in the Supporting Actor category for his role as Jaime Lannister, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the news. “I was just on the phone with Gwendoline, who is also very excited,” he said shortly after the nominations were announced. “It’s unreal. We’re all just so thrilled, all of us. To have Kit, Emilia, myself, Peter, Alfie, Gwendoline, Maisie, Sophie, Lena, Carice … 10 of us? It’s insane! None of us expected this.”
He also addressed the viewer backlash against the writing in Season 8. “[The] only thing I can say is you don’t get this many actors nominated with bad writing,” he added. “It just does not happen. This validates the writing on Game of Thrones, for sure.”
The Emmy Awards air on Sunday, September 22, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on FOX.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.