With five of the six possible Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, FX was basically a lock to take home a statue in the tight category at Sunday's 68th Annual Primetime Emmys. To absolutely no one's surprise, the award went to Sterling K. Brown for his performance as Christopher Darden on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
In his emotional acceptance speech Brown thanked his father. "Sterling Brown Jr., I changed what people called me at age 16 so I could hear your name every day of my life. I love you, daddy," he said tearfully.
Brown, who's been acting in film and TV since 2002 but hasn't been in the true spotlight before The People v. O.J. Simpson, also thanked the Television Academy for "checking the box." He also thanked series creator Ryan Murphy for "giving a brother a chance."
On the road to victory, Brown beat out fellow O.J. cast members David Schwimmer and John Travolta, as well as Fargo's Jesse Plemons and Bokeem Woodbine. The sixth nominee was the perpetually snubbed but always excellent Hugh Laurie for AMC's The Night Manager.
FX has done relatively well in terms of earning nominations for its limited series since Murphy's anthology drama American Horror Story was first eligible 2012, but it has struggled to seal the deal, as the kids say.
Since, 2012 FX has received 35 acting nominations, with Sarah Paulson (five), Jessica Lange (four), Kathy Bates (three), Angela Bassett (two), Frances Conroy (two) and Denis O'Hare (two) all scoring multiple nods. However, the network has taken home just four acting Emmys in that time frame: Lange twice, Bates once, and James Cromwell once. He took home the supporting actor Emmy for his performance in American Horror Story: Asylum in 2013, which was the last time FX won the category.
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