It’s a good day at FX and Ryan Murphy Productions. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was just lauded with a huge 22 Emmy nominations this morning, including Outstanding Limited Series.
Executive producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson said in a statement, “We are so proud of The People v OJ Simpson and the amazing response it has received. The entire experience has been gratifying from start to finish. We came to television production as fans first – there is just so much incredible TV being made right now. It is thrilling to have produced a series that is now being recognized alongside so many shows that we are obsessed with. And now, to have ALL of our directors, writers and lead actors, along with so much of our crew be nominated this morning is simply overwhelming. On behalf of all of them and the teams at FX and Fox, we are so grateful for the honor.”
The series, about the iconic murder trial of O.J. Simpson, notably landed acting noms for all of its main castmembers — Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, John Travolta, David Schwimmer, and Sterling K. Brown.
Murphy shared a statement with EW: “Working on The People v. O.J. Simpson has been a career highlight and its own reward, but I am especially moved by the recognition for everyone who devoted their hearts and souls to this project—from our brilliant cast to our amazing writers and directors to the extraordinary producers. We are all incredibly grateful. It’s a happy day.”
Schwimmer, who was nominated once before for Friends, said, “I am totally surprised and thrilled to be nominated alongside my other cast mates, as well as the show’s writers, producers, and directors. I’m proud to be part of such a timely and provocative series, and hope it continues to contribute to the much-needed discussion of race and class in this country.”
First-time nominee Brown, who played prosecutor Chris Darden, released a statement as well: “So this is it! To paraphrase my favorite musical, I get to be in the room where it happens! I am beyond thrilled to be receiving my first Emmy nomination! What an incredible journey the last 15 years has been. Allow me to first recognize the village that has supported me from the very beginning. My friends & family in St. Louis, MO (Love you, Aralean Brown, aka Ma), my Stanford compatriots (#chocolatecardinal), and my friends and faculty from the 5th floor @NYU. To my agents at Innovative David Rose, and Allison Levy, I adore you both. To my manager Jennifer Wiley Stockton, I wouldn’t know what to do without you. Thanks for believing in me when I had a tough time believing in myself. And to the love of my life, Ryan Michelle Bathe Brown, thank you for saying yes, for baring two of the most gorgeous children in the world, and inspiring me with your insane talent, intelligence, and passion everyday!
Thank you to the Television Academy for this tremendous honor. Thank you to Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, 20th Century Fox & FX for allowing yours truly to be a part of this phenomenal team! Thank you to all our incredible writers, including Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Joe Robert Cole, and D. V. DeVincentis for creating a role that I could only dream of. Thanks to my wonderful directors (already mentioned you, Mr. Murphy) John Singleton and Anthony Hemingway for all your guidance and encouragement. And congratulations to my fellow nominees! Dr. House himself, Hugh Laurie! My extended FX family Bokeem Woodbine, and Jesse Plemmons. And of course my American Crime Story brothers in arms David Schwimmer, and Vincent Vega himself, Mr. John Travolta. Honored to be in the company of you all! And lastly, allow me to congratulate the outstanding leads in our show, Mr. Courtney Bernard Vance, and Mr. Cuba Gooding, Jr. And of course, the lovely and uber talented Ms. Sarah Katherine Paulson. Love you, Darlin’! See you on the carpet!!!!!”
Executive producer Ryan Murphy also scored a directing nod for the first episode, “From the Ashes of Tragedy,” as did writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.