Critics Choice 2016: People v. O.J. Simpson wins best limited series or TV movie
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story‘s awards streak continues!
The FX series won the trophy for Best Movie Made for Television or Limited Series at the 22nd Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony Sunday.
“We want to thank the critics for this huge honor,” said executive producer Scott Alexander at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles. “We really appreciate how seriously you took the show and how you wrote each week about the issues it raised. This was a decades-old trial, but the social problems it brought up are still unresolved today: systemic racism, sexism, double standards for celebrities, media distortion. We were thrilled that the show was so well received, but we were even more gratified by the secret public discourse of its ideas.”
Larry Karaszewski went on to thank Ryan Murphy, the trio’s fellow executive producers, FX, the cast, and their writing staff. “On a personal note, I think we all want to thank our families,” Karaszewski added. “For us, it’s our wives Emily and Debbie and our kids for supporting us in this three-year effort. It took forever to make this show. For everyone who watched at home, we hope we moved the conversation forward. Thank you so much.”
In September, the first season of the true crime anthology series won nine of the 22 Emmy awards for which it was nominated, including Outstanding Limited Series and several acting awards.
Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson, the 10-episode series was a dramatic retelling of the fraught 1994 murder trial of O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.). The series starred 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 Rob Kardashian, all of whom received rave reviews for their performances.
Executive-produced by Alexander, Karaszewski, and Ryan Murphy, the series contextualized the trial with the Rodney King police brutality incident in 1991 and the ensuing riots, which made it even more relevant given the current national conversation about police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“When we were in pre-production and working on it, the Ferguson stuff was going down and the Black Lives Matter movement had begun,” Murphy previously told EW. “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 (FX) beat out All the Way (HBO), Confirmation (HBO), Killing Reagan (National Geographic), Roots (History), and The Night Manager (AMC).
See the complete list of winners here.