“The People v. O.J. Simpson” just wrapped with a powerful finale that sent our forum posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, into a frenzy. Over the course of 10 episodes, this limited series adapted from Jeffrey Tobin‘s bestseller of the same name delved into all facets of the murder trial of NFL Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and culminated with Tuesday’s in which he was found not guilty.
Ryan Murphy won Emmys for directing the Fox musical series “Glee” and producing the HBO telefilm “The Normal Heart,” but this FX produciton could yield his biggest Emmy haul yet. Besides Gooding, other notable cast members include John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as lawyer Johnnie Cochran, David Schwimmer as family friend Robert Kardashian and Nathan Lane as attorney F. Lee Bailey.
Below, just a sample of our forum posters thoughts. What did you think? Join in the lively debate HERE and then be sure to make your Emmy predictions below, beginning with Best Limited Series.
Surprise Lover: Wow! Bravo what a series and an amazing finale! Not a bad episode in the entire series! Starting to think IF they can get in this race could come down between Sterling K. Brown and David Schwimmer (who was given a thankless task and delivered a heartbreaking performance). I need to rethink who I have in that category but changes will need to be made! Cannot wait to see Cranston in “All the Way” better bring it cause Courtney B. Vance is breathing down his neck and poised to pull off an upset. Please give Paulson the Emmy!! She’s so overdue and delivers in this role.
vinny: Finale was perfect. That ending with Robert Kardashian and O.J. realizing his life was screwed (and boy did he deserve that) and looking at the statue was the best. My grade: A+
Atypical: They stuck the landing beautifully. Vance was Oscarworthy in Cochran’s summation scene, point blank. It’s one of the most thrilling moments of the television season to date. I thought the last scene would be the verdict. Doing almost half on the aftermath of the verdict was certainly one way to go. Ryan Murphy’s getting in for either the pilot or the finale. This seemed more significant a directing achievement, but people loved that pilot. I hope this doesn’t knock out Anthony Hemingway, who did some great work in his episodes too. Two nods would be a poimted sign of Academy support for the series as a whole. Paulson and Vance are both win-worthy. I’d nominate Brown in a heartbeat. Voters won’t be able to resist Travolta, I think. David Schwimmer certainly has a chance too. Limited Series is within reach, and I never would have thought that three months ago in this stacked year. This ended up being one of the most significant viewing events of the season, and now I see a case I thought I knew well enough in an entirely new light. Kudos to all involved!
ThePerksofBeingAGriff: The ending was truly amazing. Wonderfully written characters. Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown stayed my favorites and the most compelling. Besides Connie Britton of course.
Courtney Smith: I want Sterling K. Brown and Sarah Paulson to win so bad. Their performances were the emotional center of the entire series. Those two performances will stay with me for a long time.
Kimmy: Give these folks the Emmy now!
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