The People v. O.J. Simpson was undoubtedly one of the most critically acclaimed series of the year. As soon as it premiered, the internet was abuzz with praise for the strong writing, wonderful direction, and killer (no pun intended!) performances from the large, talented ensemble cast. With the nomination announcements for the 68th Primetime Emmys having recently concluded, the academy is clearly taking note of this sensational show, nominating the series for a variety of acting and technical awards. But just how many nominations did The People v. O.J. Simpson get?
According to the official nomination count and the 68th Emmy Nomination press release, People v. O.J. garnered a whopping 22 nominations total. The series was the first installment in American Crime Story, the newest anthology executive-produced by anthology-king Ryan Murphy. Since the ten-episode season concluded the story of the infamous O.J. Simpson trial, with a second season to pick up with an entirely different and unrelated story, the acclaimed show was submitted in the limited series category. This is unsurprising, given that Ryan Murphy's other mega-hit anthology series American Horror Story has always been submitted to the limited series category as well.
The entire list of all 22 award nominations that the show received can be viewed here, but there were a few particularly impressive nomination feats that the series managed. People were super excited that People v. O.J. narrowly missed tying long-running award-heaping juggernaut Game of Thrones for the most noms... to put it lightly.
The show picked up a wide variety of technical awards, but perhaps most impressive was its virtual sweep of the Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special category. Of the six total nomination slots for that category, three are held by People v. O.J. The show's episodes "From the Ashes of Tragedy," "Manna from Heaven," and "The Race Card" all got individual nods, and were each directed by a different director (Ryan Murphy, Anthony Hemingway, and John Singleton, respectively).
The show pulled off a similar feat in the supporting actor category, picking up three of the six total nominations in that category. Sterling K. Brown picked up a supporting actor nod for his incredibly nuanced performance as Christopher Darden, a prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial. David Schwimmer and John Travolta picked up nominations in that category as well, for their roles as Robert Kardashian and Robert Shapiro, respectively. Courtney B. Vance's performance as the infamous Johnnie Cochran received a nomination in the lead actor category, as did Cuba Gooding Jr.'s turn as O.J. himself.
Finally, Sarah Paulson's collaborations with Ryan Murphy continue to pay off, as she was nominated in two different acting categories this year, for two different roles. Come the September 18 Emmy Awards ceremony, she could very well walks away with both trophies for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series, for her roles as Hypodermic Sally/Billie Dean Howard in American Horror Story: Hotel and prosecutor Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson.