The debut season of “American Crime Story,” titled “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” took home five trophies from last night’s 2016 Primetime Emmys, including acting awards for Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown.
Paulson won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her portrayal of Marcia Clark on the FX series. This is the first Emmy win for the 41-year-old actress, who was also nominated this year for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her performance as Hypodermic Sally on “American Horror Story: Hotel.” That award went to “American Crime” actress Regina King.
Vance took home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Johnnie Cochran. The 56-year-old actor beat fellow nominee Cuba Gooding Jr., who played O. J. Simpson on the anthology series. Like Paulson, this is also Vance’s first Emmy win.
Brown also won his first Emmy last night. He won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his portrayal of Christopher Darden on the Ryan Murphy series. David Schwimmer and John Travolta, who portrayed Robert Kardashian and Robert Shapiro, respectively, on the series, were also nominated in the same category.
Outside the acting categories, D. V. DeVincentis took home the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special for writing the installment’s Episode 6, titled “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.”
“American Crime Story” also won the Outstanding Limited Series category, beating ABC’s “American Crime,” FX’s “Fargo,” AMC’s “The Night Manager” and History’s “Roots.”
Ahead of the 2016 Primetime Emmys, “American Crime Story” had also won four awards at this year’s Creative Arts Emmys. It won Hairstyling for a Limited Series or a Movie; Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special; Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie; and Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie.
Although FX hasn’t officially renewed “American Crime Story” for a second installment yet, Season 2 is already in development. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sophomore run will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, relying on Douglas Brinkley’s book “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast” as the primary source material.