FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson seems destined to do very well at the Emmys this year—could it pick up multiple trophies?
The People v. O.J. Simpson was one of the most buzzed-about TV events of the year, with its combination of '90s nostalgia, high profile actors like John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr. and continued resonance in today's society, particularly when it comes to racial tension.
It also received great reviews from critics, who hailed performances from Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown in particular.
This combination of elements will surely translated to the Primetime Emmys this summer. The cast and crew are already campaigning, having just been seen at the For Your Consideration event this week. There's also been a determination of which actors will be campaigning in which categories.
Gooding Jr. (who played O.J. Simpson) and Vance (Johnnie Cochran) will compete in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category. Paulson (Marcia Clark) is set to compete in the Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category.
Brown (Christopher Darden), Schwimmer (Robert Kardashian), Christian Clemenson (William Hodgman) and Nathan Lane (F. Lee Bailey) are all being submitted in Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, while Selma Blair (Kris Kardashian) and Connie Britton (Faye Resnick) will be in Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
As always, the possibility of a win in any of the categories is dependent on the competition. The one actor who has the biggest media narrative is Paulson, who plays Clark with greater sympathy than she was ever given in the '90s. The actress is also overdue, with nominations at the Emmys every year since 2011 without a win.
In the Limited Series category, The People v. O.J. Simpson will likely compete against another FX miniseries, Fargo, and possibly another FX miniseries, American Horror Story: Hotel. There's also other contenders like ABC's American Crime, AMC's The Night Manager, HBO's Show Me a Hero and History's Roots.
The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 14, with the ceremony being held on Sept. 18.