American Crime Story

American Crime Story is an American anthology true crime television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who are executive producers with Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Ryan Murphy, and Brad Simpson. A spin-off of the horror anthology series, American Horror Story,[1] also from Murphy and Falchuk, each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, following separate unrelated true events. Alexander and Karaszewski did not return after the first season, but they retained executive producer credit.[2]

The first season, subtitled The People v. O. J. Simpson, presents the murder trial of O. J. Simpson, based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson. The second season, subtitled The Assassination of Gianni Versace, explores the murder of designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, based on Maureen Orth's book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.

The series is broadcast on the cable television channel FX in the United States. It premiered on February 2, 2016.[3][4][5] A third season, based on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was in development but production was scrapped.[6]

American Crime Story
American Crime Story
Genre
Based onSeason 1
The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson
by Jeffrey Toobin
Season 2
Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History
by Maureen Orth
Developed byScott Alexander
Larry Karaszewski
Starring
Composer(s)Mac Quayle
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes19 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Chip Vucelich
  • John Travolta
  • Alexis Martin Woodall (season 1)
  • Eric Kovtun
  • Lou Eyrich
  • Eryn Krueger Mekash
Production location(s)Los Angeles, California (Season 1)
Miami, Florida (Season 2)
CinematographyNelson Cragg
Editor(s)
  • Adam Penn
  • C. Chi-Yoon Chung
  • Stewart Schill
Running time41–66 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkFX
Original releaseFebruary 2, 2016 –
present
External links
Website

Overview

The People v. O. J. Simpson (2016)

Based on Jeffrey Toobin's The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, the season explores the O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) murder case as well as the combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the Los Angeles Police Department's history with the city's African-American community that gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.[7][8]

The season also stars Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Kenneth Choi as Lance Ito, Christian Clemenson as Bill Hodgman, Bruce Greenwood as Gil Garcetti, Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro and Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018)

Based on Maureen Orth's Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, the season examines the July 1997 assassination of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace (Édgar Ramírez) by sociopathic spree killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), who killed himself in a Miami Beach houseboat after an eight-day manhunt.[9][10]

The season also stars Ricky Martin as Antonio D'Amico and Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace.

Katrina and other projects

Based on Sheri Fink's book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, a season would take an unflinching look at the decisions doctors made at Memorial Medical Center[11] (see also: Memorial Medical Center and Hurricane Katrina). In August 2017, it was announced that Sarah Paulson would star as Dr. Anna Pou, who was on duty at the hospital when Katrina struck.[12][13] The so-called Katrina season was originally planned to be the second season of the series, with The Assassination of Gianni Versace following as the third. However, in June 2017, it was announced that Katrina would not begin production until early 2018 and that Versace would air in early 2018, replacing Katrina as the show's official second installment.[14]

In January 2017, it was announced that a fourth season was in development. It was supposed to cover the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal and the ensuing events during Clinton's presidency, based on Jeffrey Toobin's book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.[15][16] In February 2017, Ryan Murphy revealed that Sarah Paulson was supposed to be in the season, but not as Hillary Clinton.[17] However, in April 2018, Murphy revealed that the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal-based season was scrapped and no longer in development.[18] In early February 2019 John Landgraf acknowledged that the Katrina storyline was also cancelled and won't be the subject of any season of the series either.[19]

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonTitleEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1The People v. O. J. Simpson10February 2, 2016April 5, 2016
2The Assassination of Gianni Versace9January 17, 2018March 21, 2018

Season 1: The People v. O. J. Simpson (2016)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
11"From the Ashes of Tragedy"Ryan MurphyScott Alexander & Larry KaraszewskiFebruary 2, 20161WAX015.12[20]
22"The Run of His Life"Ryan MurphyScott Alexander & Larry KaraszewskiFebruary 9, 20161WAX023.90[21]
33"The Dream Team"Anthony HemingwayD. V. DeVincentisFebruary 16, 20161WAX033.34[22]
44"100% Not Guilty"Anthony HemingwayMaya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky and
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
February 23, 20161WAX043.00[23]
55"The Race Card"John SingletonJoe Robert ColeMarch 1, 20161WAX052.73[24]
66"Marcia, Marcia, Marcia"Ryan MurphyD. V. DeVincentisMarch 8, 20161WAX063.00[25]
77"Conspiracy Theories"Anthony HemingwayD. V. DeVincentisMarch 15, 20161WAX072.89[26]
88"A Jury in Jail"Anthony HemingwayJoe Robert ColeMarch 22, 20161WAX082.91[27]
99"Manna from Heaven"Anthony HemingwayScott Alexander & Larry KaraszewskiMarch 29, 20161WAX092.76[28]
1010"The Verdict"Ryan MurphyScott Alexander & Larry KaraszewskiApril 5, 20161WAX103.27[29]

Season 2: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
111"The Man Who Would Be Vogue"Ryan MurphyTom Rob SmithJanuary 17, 2018[a]3WAX012.22[31]
122"Manhunt"Nelson CraggTom Rob SmithJanuary 24, 20183WAX021.42[32]
133"A Random Killing"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonTom Rob SmithJanuary 31, 20183WAX031.26[33]
144"House by the Lake"Daniel MinahanTom Rob SmithFebruary 7, 20183WAX040.98[34]
155"Don't Ask Don't Tell"Daniel MinahanTom Rob SmithFebruary 14, 20183WAX050.91[35]
166"Descent"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonTom Rob SmithFebruary 28, 20183WAX071.10[36]
177"Ascent"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonTom Rob SmithMarch 7, 20183WAX060.92[37]
188"Creator / Destroyer"Matt BomerTom Rob Smith and Maggie CohnMarch 14, 20183WAX081.00[38]
199"Alone"Daniel MinahanTom Rob SmithMarch 21, 20183WAX091.20[39]
Notes
  1. ^ This episode was available five days before the official premiere for FX+ subscribers.[30]

Production

Development

The People v. O. J. Simpson

On October 7, 2014, it was announced that FX had ordered a 10-episode season of American Crime Story, developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, and executive produced by Alexander and Karaszewski, as well as Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who co-created such series as Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, and Pose. Murphy also directed the pilot episode. Other executive producers are Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.[40] Co-executive producers are Anthony Hemingway and D. V. DeVincentis. All 10 episodes were expected to be written by Alexander and Karaszewski.[7][41] The series was previously in development at Fox but since moved to the company's sibling cable network FX.[42]

Katrina

When first announced as the second season, Katrina was said to be using Douglas Brinkley's book The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast as the primary source material,[43][11] with Annette Bening cast as Kathleen Blanco, Matthew Broderick as Michael D. Brown, and Dennis Quaid as George W. Bush.[44] Cuba Gooding Jr.[12] and Courtney B. Vance[12] were set to return after their participation in the first season, but after the source material was changed, only Sarah Paulson was set to star as Anna Pou, with the other actors such as Bening, Broderick, and Quaid leaving the project. However, it was said the producers would try to find new characters for at least some of those actors already cast.[13]

Casting

For season 1, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson were the first to be cast as Simpson and Marcia Clark, respectively.[45] Subsequently, David Schwimmer was cast as Robert Kardashian.[46] In January 2015, it was reported that John Travolta had joined the cast as Robert Shapiro; he would also serve as producer.[47] In February 2015, Courtney B. Vance joined the series as Johnnie Cochran.[48] In March 2015, it was announced that Connie Britton would co-star as Faye Resnick.[49] April 2015 saw the casting of Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden,[50] Jordana Brewster as Denise Brown,[51] and Kenneth Choi as Judge Lance Ito.[52] In May 2015, it was confirmed Selma Blair would be portraying Kris Kardashian Jenner.[53] In July 2015, it was announced Nathan Lane had joined the cast as F. Lee Bailey.[54]

In February 2017, Annette Bening has joined the cast of Katrina as Kathleen Blanco,[55] while Matthew Broderick was cast as Michael D. Brown.[56] That same month, Édgar Ramírez and Darren Criss joined the cast of The Assassination of Gianni Versace as Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan, respectively.[57]

Initial reports announced that Lady Gaga would portray Donatella Versace in The Assassination of Gianni Versace, but Murphy confirmed that they were false.[58][59] Penélope Cruz was later cast in the role.[60] In April 2017, it was announced that Ricky Martin had joined the cast of The Assassination of Gianni Versace as Antonio D'Amico, Versace’s longtime partner.[61] On April 28, 2017, Annaleigh Ashford was seen filming on the set of The Assassination of Gianni Versace with Criss.[62] On June 21, 2017, it was announced that Ashford's role in the series would be as Elizabeth Cote, a friend of Cunanan's since high school.[63] On May 5, 2017, Murphy posted a photo on Instagram of Criss and Max Greenfield on the set of the season. On June 21, 2017, it was announced that Finn Wittrock would play Jeffrey Trail, Cunanan's first victim.

Filming

Principal photography for season 1 began on May 14, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.[51][64] According to set photos, principal photography of Versace (then season 3, now season 2) began at the beginning of May 2017, in Miami, Florida.

Promotion

In October 2015, FX released its first promotional trailer for The People v. O. J. Simpson, showing an Akita dog whining, walking from its residence onto a sidewalk to bark, then walking back to its residence, leaving behind bloody paw prints.[65] Later that month another teaser was released, wherein the first actual footage of Travolta as Shapiro was shown. In the teaser, Shapiro is about to ask Simpson (whose face is unseen) if he is responsible for the murder of Simpson's ex-wife. In the next short teaser that was released, Simpson (again unseen) is taking a lie detector test.

In November, two new teasers were released. The first shows Simpson writing his attempted suicide letter, while a voice-over by Gooding, Jr. narrates. The second shows the police chasing Simpson's white Ford Bronco, while dozens of fans cheer for him.[66]

The first full trailer was released in December, along with a poster for the season. The trailer included Simpson sitting in the childhood bedroom of Kim Kardashian and contemplating suicide while Robert Kardashian tries to stop him.[67]

In September 2017, FX released the first promotional teaser for The Assassination of Gianni Versace, showing doves sitting outside Versace's former mansion and flying away when two gunshots ring out.[68] A second teaser was released that same month, depicting Versace's sister Donatella placing flowers on a casket.[69]

Broadcast

The series first premiered worldwide in Canada on FX on February 2, 2016.[70] In the Philippines, the series premiered on February 3, 2016 on CT.[71] In India, the series premiered on STAR World Premiere HD on February 8, 2016. The first series premiered in the United Kingdom on February 15, 2016.[72] The second series began on February 28, 2018 on BBC Two. In Israel, the series premiered on February 22, 2016. In Australia, the series' first season was promoted as a "miniseries" under the title The People vs OJ Simpson and premiered on Network Ten on March 6, 2016 before concluding on May 8, 2016.[73] The series currently airs at 10:15pm on Thursdays on RTÉ One in Ireland.[74]

The first season was made available on Netflix in all countries except Canada and German speaking Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) in February 2017. All future seasons will be made available on Netflix following their respective broadcast windows.[75]

Reception

Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
The People v. O. J. Simpson 97% (74 reviews) 90 (45 reviews)
The Assassination of Gianni Versace 89% (61 reviews) 74 (34 reviews)

The first season of American Crime Story has received critical acclaim. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the season an approval rating of 97%, based on 74 reviews, with an average rating of 8.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story brings top-shelf writing, directing, and acting to bear on a still-topical story while shedding further light on the facts – and provoking passionate responses along the way."[76] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 90 out of 100, based on 45 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[77]

The second season of American Crime Story received near critical acclaim. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the season an approval rating of 89%, based on 61 reviews, with an average rating of 7.09/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Assassination of Versace starts with a bang and unfurls slowly, moving backward through an intricate (and occasionally convoluted) murder mystery anchored by a career-defining performance from Darren Criss."[78] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 74 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".[79]

Accolades

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2015 5th Critics' Choice Television Awards Most Exciting New Series American Crime Story Won [80]
2016 7th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Movie/Miniseries The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Won
Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries Cuba Gooding Jr. Nominated
Courtney B. Vance Won
Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Sarah Paulson Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Sterling K. Brown Won
John Travolta Nominated
BET Awards 2016 Best Actor Courtney B. Vance Nominated [81]
74th Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Won
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Courtney B. Vance Nominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Sarah Paulson Won
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Sterling K. Brown Nominated
John Travolta Nominated
68th Primetime Emmy Awards
(68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards)
Outstanding Limited Series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Won [82]
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Courtney B. Vance Won
Cuba Gooding Jr. Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Sarah Paulson Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Sterling K. Brown Won
David Schwimmer Nominated
John Travolta Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special Ryan Murphy (for "From the Ashes of Tragedy") Nominated
John Singleton (for "The Race Card") Nominated
Anthony Hemingway (for "Manna from Heaven") Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (for "From the Ashes of Tragedy") Nominated
Joe Robert Cole (for "The Race Card") Nominated
D. V. DeVincentis (for "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia") Won
Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera Hallman, Courtney Bright, and Nicole Daniels Won
Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie Nelson Cragg (for "From the Ashes of Tragedy") Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series, or Movie Hala Bahmet, Marina Ray, and Elinor Bardach (for "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia") Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie Chris Clark, Natalie Driscoll, Shay Sanford-Fong, and Katrina Chevalier Won
Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) Eryn Krueger Mekash, Zoe Hay, Heather Plott, Deborah Huss Humphries, Luis Garcia, and Becky Cotton Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie Adam Penn (for "From the Ashes of Tragedy") Nominated
C. Chi-Yoon Chung (for "The Race Card") Won
Stewart Schill (for "The Verdict") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie Doug Andham, Joe Earle, and John Bauman (for "From the Ashes of Tragedy") Won
32nd TCA Awards Program of the Year The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Won [83]
Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials Won
Individual Achievement in Drama Sarah Paulson Won
Courtney B. Vance Nominated
2018 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Performance in a Show Darren Criss Nominated [84]
70th Primetime Emmy Awards
(70th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards)
Outstanding Limited Series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Won
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Darren Criss Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Ricky Martin Nominated
Édgar Ramírez Nominated
Finn Wittrock Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Penélope Cruz Nominated
Judith Light Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special Ryan Murphy for "The Man Who Would Be Vogue" Won
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special Tom Rob Smith for "House by the Lake" Nominated
2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Darren Criss Won [85]
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Penélope Cruz Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Limited Series The Assassination of Gianni Versace Won [86]
Best Actor in a Movie/Limited Series Darren Criss Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Limited Series Finn Wittrock Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Limited Series Penélope Cruz Nominated
Judith Light Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Long Form – Adapted Maggie Cohn and Tom Rob Smith Won [87]
Satellite Awards Best Miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace Won [88]
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film Darren Criss Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film Édgar Ramírez Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film Penélope Cruz Nominated
Best Ensemble: Television The Assassination of Gianni Versace Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Won [89]
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Darren Criss Won
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Édgar Ramírez Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Penélope Cruz Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tom Rob Smith, Daniel Minahan, Brad Falchuk, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Chip Vucelich, Maggie Cohn, Eric Kovtun, Lou Eyrich, and Eryn Krueger Mekash Won [90][91]

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21st Satellite Awards

The 21st Satellite Awards is an award ceremony honoring the year's outstanding performers, films, television shows, home videos and interactive media, presented by the International Press Academy.

The nominations were announced on November 29, 2016. The winners were announced on February 18, 2017.The following day, the nominations for Master of None (Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy) and Laurie Metcalf (Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series for Getting On) were rescinded for being ineligible in 2016.

23rd Satellite Awards

The 23rd Satellite Awards is an award ceremony honoring the year's outstanding performers, films, television shows, home videos and interactive media, presented by the International Press Academy.

The nominations were announced on November 28, 2018. The winners were announced on January 3, 2019, and the ceremony was held on February 22, 2019.For this cycle of the Satellite Awards, the categories Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Actress were split into Drama and Comedy/Musical categories. Previously, they had been joined in one category since the 16th ceremony in 2011.

32nd TCA Awards

The 32nd TCA Awards were held on August 6, 2016, in a ceremony hosted by Jaime Camil at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The nominees were announced by the Television Critics Association on June 22, 2016.

68th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2015 until May 31, 2016, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and was broadcast in the U.S. by ABC. The ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. It was preceded by the 68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which took place over two nights, September 10 and 11, at the Microsoft Theater.The nominations were announced by Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham on July 14, 2016. The crime anthology limited series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story was the most nominated program at the ceremony with 13, and 22 overall, although Game of Thrones received the most overall nominations that year with 23 as the most nominated drama series.With five awards, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story won the most awards of the night, while the fantasy drama series Game of Thrones won three, including Outstanding Drama Series and surpassed Frasier (37) as the fictional television program with the most Primetime Emmy Awards with 38 wins in six seasons. Game of Thrones' win was the second time a sixth season won for Outstanding Drama Series after The Sopranos' win in 2007.

Additionally, the political satire series Veep won Outstanding Comedy Series for the second time in a row, while its producer and lead star Julia Louis-Dreyfus established a new record of wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series; it was her fifth consecutive win for the series and sixth overall in the category.For the first time, none of the nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series were from the four major American broadcasting TV networks. In addition, Ben Mendelsohn became the first actor to win Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for a series from a streaming service network; he won for Bloodline from Netflix.

70th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2017 until May 31, 2018, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was held live on September 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and was broadcast in the U.S. by NBC. The ceremony was hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost.The nominations were announced by Ryan Eggold and Samira Wiley on July 12, 2018. The biggest winner of the night was Amazon's comedy-drama The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which won five trophies including the honor for Outstanding Comedy Series, making history by becoming the first web television and streaming service series to claim the prize.With a U.S. viewership of 10.2 million that reflects an 11% drop from the previous year, it was the least watched show in Emmy history. The other major televised awards in 2018 saw a larger decline in viewers, since most viewers prefer to watch clips rather than a three-hour telecast with commercials.

74th Golden Globe Awards

The 74th Golden Globe Awards honored film and American television of 2016 and was broadcast live on January 8, 2017 from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST by NBC. The ceremony was produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.Talk-show host Jimmy Fallon was announced as the host of the ceremony on August 2, 2016. Meryl Streep was announced as the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award honoree on November 3, 2016. The nominations were announced on December 12, 2016, by Don Cheadle, Laura Dern and Anna Kendrick.

La La Land won all seven awards for which it had been nominated, becoming the most successful film in Golden Globe Awards history and seventh overall to win each award for which it was nominated, including Best Director, Best Screenplay for Damien Chazelle and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The only other film to win more than one award was Elle, which won both the awards for which it had been nominated. Atlanta, The Crown, The Night Manager, and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story were among the television shows that received multiple awards.

76th Golden Globe Awards

The 76th Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and American television of 2018, as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Produced by Dick Clark Productions and the HFPA, the 76th Golden Globe Awards was broadcast live on January 6, 2019, from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST. The ceremony aired live on NBC in the United States. Actors Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg hosted the ceremony.The nominees were announced on December 6, 2018 by Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann, and Christian Slater. The ceremony marked the debut of a new non-competitive award rewarding excellence in television, the Carol Burnett Award, with Carol Burnett herself being the inaugural recipient.Green Book won the most awards for the ceremony with three, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Bohemian Rhapsody and Roma won two awards each.

In television, The Kominsky Method and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story were the most awarded, with two awards each. Jeff Bridges was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement.

7th Critics' Choice Television Awards

The 7th Critics' Choice Television Awards, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), honoring the best in primetime television programming from January 1, 2016 until November 10, 2016, were held on December 11, 2016 at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California.

The nominations were announced on November 14, 2016. Channelwise, HBO lead with 22 nominations, followed by ABC and Netflix with 12 each. Comedian and actor T.J. Miller hosted the ceremony for the second consecutive time within the same year. The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story won four awards, becoming the biggest winner of the night, followed by Saturday Night Live and Westworld, each of them with two.

Black Reel Awards of 2017

The 17th Annual Black Reel Awards ceremony, presented by the Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) and honoring the best films of 2016, is scheduled to take place on February 16, 2017, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST (5:00p.m. PST). During the ceremony, FAAAF will present the Black Reel Awards in 28 categories.

Moonlight led all films with 13 nominations.

Cody Fern

Cody Fern (born 6 July 1988) is an Australian actor and filmmaker. Following his feature debut in The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017), he portrayed murder victim David Madson in the FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018). Later that year, Fern had his breakthrough performance as Michael Langdon in American Horror Story: Apocalypse. He also appeared in the final season of the Netflix drama House of Cards as Duncan Shepherd.

Courtney B. Vance

Courtney Bernard Vance (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor notable for his roles in the feature films Hamburger Hill and The Hunt for Red October, the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, in which he played Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, in which he played Johnnie Cochran. For the latter, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He guest starred on the TNT series The Closer as Chief Tommy Delk from 2010–11. In 2013, he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in Lucky Guy.

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Michael Gooding Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American actor. After his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991), he appeared in A Few Good Men (1992), The Tuskegee Airmen (1995), Outbreak (1995), and Jerry Maguire (1996), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He gained later attention for his roles in Men of Honor (2000) as Carl Brashear, and in Michael Bay's WWII epic Pearl Harbor (2001) as Doris Miller. His other notable films include As Good as It Gets (1997), the ensemble farce Rat Race (2001), American Gangster (2007), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), and Selma (2014), playing civil rights attorney Fred Gray. In 2016, he portrayed O.J. Simpson in the FX drama series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and co-starred in the sixth season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, subtitled Roanoke.

Darren Criss

Darren Everett Criss (born February 5, 1987) is an American actor, singer and songwriter. He received Emmy and Golden Globe acting awards for his leading role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018). He has also appeared on Broadway and in film, and has released several recordings as a soloist and in a band.

A founding member and co-owner of StarKid Productions, a musical theater company based in Chicago, Criss first garnered attention playing the lead role of Harry Potter in, and writing most of the music and lyrics for, StarKid's musical production of A Very Potter Musical. The theater troupe made Billboard history when their original album, Me and My Dick, became the first charting student-produced musical recording, debuting at number eleven on the Top Cast Albums chart in 2010. Criss has also starred on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In 2015, Criss co-founded Elsie Fest which is touted as "New York City's first outdoor music festival celebrating tunes from the stage and screen".Criss is best known for his portrayal of Blaine Anderson on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee from 2010 until 2015. Initially appearing as the lead vocalist of Glee's Dalton Academy Warblers, Criss' first number, a cover version of "Teenage Dream", became the fastest-selling Glee single, reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold in the US. The Warblers have sold over 1.3 million tracks, and the soundtrack album, Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers (2011), peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2015 for writing the song "This Time" for the Glee finale.

In March 2017, Criss debuted his indie pop band Computer Games along with his brother Chuck Criss. Their first album, Lost Boys Life EP features 4 songs written by the duo. The lead single "Every Single Night" debuted at #2 on Billboard's "Hot Singles". In December 2017, Criss released a 5-track solo EP titled Homework. The EP debuted #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart and #7 on Billboard's Independent Albums Chart.In addition to his music endeavors, Criss starred in the second installment of Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story. Subtitled The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018), Criss's portrayal of spree killer Andrew Cunanan received acclaim from critics, and earned him an Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries, or Television Film.

David Schwimmer

David Lawrence Schwimmer (born November 2, 1966) is an American actor, director, activist, and producer. Schwimmer began his acting career performing in school plays at Beverly Hills High School. In 1988, he graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in theater and speech. After graduation, Schwimmer co-founded the Lookingglass Theatre Company. For much of the late 1980s, he lived in Los Angeles as a struggling, unemployed actor.

He starred in the television movie A Deadly Silence in 1989 and appeared in a number of television roles, including on L.A. Law, The Wonder Years, NYPD Blue, and Monty, in the early 1990s. Schwimmer later gained worldwide recognition for playing Ross Geller in the sitcom Friends, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1995. His first leading film role was in The Pallbearer (1996), followed by roles in Kissing a Fool, Six Days, Seven Nights, Apt Pupil (all 1998), and Picking Up the Pieces (2000). He was then cast in the miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) as Herbert Sobel.

After the series finale of Friends in 2004, Schwimmer was cast as the title character in the 2005 drama Duane Hopwood. Other film roles include the voice of Melman the Giraffe in the computer-animated Madagascar film franchise, the dark comedy Big Nothing (2006), and the thriller Nothing But the Truth (2008). Schwimmer made his West End stage debut in the leading role in Some Girl(s) in 2005. In 2006, he made his Broadway debut in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. Schwimmer made his feature film directorial debut with the 2007 comedy Run Fatboy Run. The following year, he made his Off-Broadway directorial debut in the 2008 production Fault Lines.

In 2016, he starred as lawyer Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story, for which he received his second Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Ross Toobin (; born May 21, 1960) is an American lawyer, blogger, author, pundit, and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker. During the Iran–Contra affair, he served as an associate counsel in the Department of Justice, and moved from law into writing during the 1990s.

He has written several books, including one on the O. J. Simpson murder case. It was adapted as a series, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and aired in 2016 as the first season of FX American Crime Story. It won numerous Emmy Awards.

Ryan Murphy (writer)

Ryan Patrick Murphy (born November 9, 1965) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. Murphy is best known for creating/co-creating/producing a number of successful television series, including the FX medical drama Nip/Tuck (2003–10), the Fox musical comedy-drama Glee (2009–15), the FX anthology series American Horror Story (2011–present), American Crime Story (2016–present), and Feud (2017–present), and the Fox procedural drama 9-1-1 (2018–present). He is also known for directing the 2010 film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love and the 2014 HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, which earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.

Sterling K. Brown

Sterling Kelby Brown (born April 5, 1976) is an American actor. He made his breakthrough in 2016 for portraying prosecutor Christopher Darden in the first season of the FX anthology series American Crime Story, subtitled The People v. O. J. Simpson, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. In the same year he began starring as Randall Pearson in the NBC drama series This Is Us, a role which earned Brown his second Emmy in 2017 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series as well as his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and his first Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

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