If the category fits, you shall compete in it…?
Before and after this Wednesday’s New York City screening of The People v. O.J. Simpson‘s finale (airing April 6), there was much chatter among the press about how FX might divvy up its freshman anthology series’ across-the-board impressive cast when it comes to the Primetime Emmy Awards’ lead and supporting races.
Sarah Paulson — a three-time Emmy nominee for her American Horror Story turns alone — is of course a shoo-in to vie in the Lead Actress in a Limited Series race, for her compelling portrayal of beleaguered prosecutor Marcia Clark. But what of the many men in the ensemble?
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Paulson will indeed compete as a lead, as will Courtney B. Vance (who plays Johnnie Cochran) and Cuba Gooding Jr. (as accused double-murderer O.J. Simpson).
Everyone else on the cast — including John Travolta (peculiar yet mesmerizing as Robert Shapiro), Sterling K. Brown (excellent as Christopher Darden) and David Schwimmer (playing FOJuice Robert Kardashian) — will be entered in the supporting races.
Next up for FX under the header of “Embarrassment of Riches” is the equally difficult decision about where to position its other Emmy bait, perennial contender American Horror Story and the better-with-age Fargo.
Given the tiniest threads of continuity within each (reoccurring characters and characters played at different ages, respectively), both shows are technically eligible to compete as Drama Series (where they would ostensibly vie against FX’s thus-far-unsung The Americans), should the cabler choose not to overload the Limited Series side of the ballot.
Horror Story thus far, however, has stayed put as a Limited Series (fka Miniseries), where for the past four cycles it has amassed anywhere from 17 to 19 nominations and grabbed gold a total of 13 times.
Who on the People v. O.J. cast do you think is most worthy of Emmy love?