With three nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special, the odds were in favor of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story winning at the Emmys — and that’s just what happened: “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” won top honors on Sunday night.
“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” was one of three episodes of the FX series to be nominated for writing. With 22 Emmy nods in the 2016 race, making it the second most nominated show of the year, the Ryan Murphy series recounts the events leading to the trial of O.J. Simpson, who was accused of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in June 1994.
The Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) episode, written by D.V. DeVincentis, placed a spotlight on the personal struggles of prosecuting attorney Clark during the trial. In the midst of a murder trial, one that would go on to become the most publicized and TV-focused of the century, the prosecution team felt that O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) was ready to receive the guilty verdict, but the additional media poked holes in their defense. The writing for the episode aimed to show the scope of sexism at play during the trial.
“I will say that it’s pretty incredible to feel finally somewhat understood. That’s it,” Clark told EW in April on how the show handled the attack against her. “And I’m so grateful that the show has put a spotlight on the sexism aspects, which weren’t discussed that much even in the aftermath of the trial.”
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story faced intense competition, beating out Fargo episodes “Palindrome” by Noah Hawley and “Loplop” by Bob DeLaurentis and a Night Manager episode by David Farr. Fellow People v. O.J. Simpson episodes “From The Ashes of Tragedy” by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and “The Race Card” by Joe Robert Cole were also nominated.
See all the Emmy winners here.