FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was the big winner of the Emmy awards last night, winning in almost every category it was nominated in, including Best Limited Series over ABC's American Crime, FX's Fargo, AMC's The Night Manager, and History's Roots.
The show was nominated for 22 awards, and won five of them, including best actor in a limited series or movie for Courtney B. Vance's performance (he beat out co-star Cuba Gooding Jr.), supporting actor in a limited series or movie for Sterling K. Brown's performance (beating out co-stars John Travolta and David Schwimmer) and best actress in a limited series or movie for Sarah Paulson's performance.
Sarah Paulson brought Marcia Clark, the woman she played on the show, as her plus-one. She even included her in her acceptance speech:
"The responsibility of playing a real person is an enormous one. You want to get it right—not for you, but for them. And the more I learned about the real Marcia Clark, not the two-dimensional cardboard cutout I saw on the news, but the complicated, whip-smart, giant-hearted mother of two who woke up every day, put both feet on the floor and dedicated herself to righting an unconscionable wrong, the loss of two innocents—Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown—the more I had to recognize that I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial and careless in my judgment," she said during her acceptance speech, moving Clark to tears. "I'm glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and tell you I'm sorry."
"In the wrong hands, it could have been very tabloid-y," exec producer Ryan Murphy told reporters at The Hollywood Reporter of his anthology drama (season two will examine Hurricane Katrina). "Everyone worked really hard to make it about something deeper, more serious and more modern. That's what we're doing moving forward with American Crime Story: We're interested in socially relevant stories; we won't be doing trial of the week. We're trying to use our light to shed some new insight and historical knowledge on some of these famous cases. That's what we started tonight and that's what we're doing moving forward."
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In addition, the series won Emmys for best casting and best hairstyling for a limited series, movie or special at last week's Creative Arts Emmys.