The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has won the awards-season trial. FX’s anthology series nabbed the trophy for Outstanding Limited Series at the 68th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life, the first season of Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series chronicled the tumultuous murder trial of O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and followed the major players around the real-life story. The series garnered critical acclaim thanks to impressive performances from its cast — including Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian — and became the most-nominated series this year with its whopping 22 nods.
The series also drew praise for its relevance with current events. “When we were in preproduction and working on [American Crime Story], the Ferguson stuff was going down and the Black Lives Matter movement had begun,” Murphy told EW in February. “We were shooting stuff that had already been written months before, and we were like, ‘Wow, the more things change, the more things stay the same.’ It was heartbreaking. I think all of us felt an obligation to get that stuff right.”
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story beat out The Night Manager, Fargo, American Crime, and Roots.