[PHOTOS] ‘Game of Thrones’ at Emmy Awards: 15 actors, writers, directors on ballot include Peter Dinklage …

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has officially submitted nine performers for consideration at this year’s Emmy Awards. (Visit our forums to view the link to the 2016 Emmy ballot.) Two-time Emmy champ Peter Dinklage (2011, 2015) makes the cut, as do seven other supporting players and stand-out guest star Max von Sydow. Also submitted: six episodes in the writing/directing races including this week’s anticipated “Battle of the Bastards” episode. See all 15 Emmy submissions by scrolling through our photo gallery above.

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Lead and supporting performers need only name their chosen episodes that best represent their work if they receive a nomination. However, all guest performers, writers and directors must specify one episode for consideration on the nomination ballot; we provide this information in the photo gallery. Emmy contenders may be entered into competition by many different sources: production companies, TV networks, agents, managers, publicists or the contenders themselves.

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If your favorite “GoT” stars were not submitted on the ballot, that does not mean those contenders were purposefully shut out of their races. They could’ve entered themselves if they were willing to pay the submission fees, which can cost more than $200, or if they used up one of the free entries they get if they are dues-paying members of the Television Academy. Whenever someone or a TV program is left off of the Emmy ballot, it can be difficult to figure out who is responsible.

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