‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ scares up even more Emmy nominations thanks to wonky rule switch, including Jessica Lange

“I’m Constance Langdon and this is my f***ing house.” When Jessica Lange speaks, Emmy voters listen. And that’s no to different this year, even as “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” was forced to compete in the drama categories at the 2019 Emmys because of a wonky rule that stated it had too many continuing storylines and characters to enter as a limited series. Not only did the switcheroo result in Lange receiving an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Guest Actress, but the program earned five bids total — that’s even more than recent “AHS” installment “Roanoke,” which scored four.

The apocalyptic eighth season nabbed these four behind-the-lens bids: Best Fantasty/Sci-Fi Costumes, Best Single-Camera Hairstyling, Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup and Best Makeup. While FX was undoubtedly hoping for more nominations — they submitted a whopping 19 actors on the Emmy ballot — something tells me they’re bringing a sigh of relief that the last-minute rule change actually had a positive outcome, particularly for Lange.

In a statement on Thursday Lange announced, “I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to recreate this wild character, to work with my dear friend Sarah Paulson as a director, and to revisit this incredible world Ryan Murphy created. Thank you to the Academy.” After a four-year break, the actress made her triumphant return to the “AHS” franchise in “Return to Murder House,” which was directed by series lead Sarah Paulson. That was the episode in which Madison (Emma Roberts) and Behold (Billy Porter) traveled to the iconic haunted house from Season 1 and met chain-smoking nosy neighbor Constance as a ghost.

Lange previously prevailed at the Emmys for playing Edith Bouvier Beale in “Grey Gardens” (2009), Constance Langdon in “American Horror Story: Murder House” (2012) and Fiona Goode in “American Horror Story: Coven” (2014). Now her reprisal of Constance could bring her Emmy #4. Of course, she’s also a two-time Oscar winner for “Blue Sky” (Best Actress in 1994) and “Tootsie” (Best Supporting Actress in 1982).

Will “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” continue the franchise’s winning streak at the Emmys? The first seven installments took home these 16 trophies:

“American Horror Story: Murder House” (2012)
Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Lange
Best Hairstyling

“American Horror Story: Asylum” (2013)
Best Supporting Actor for James Cromwell
Best Sound Editing

“American Horror Story: Coven” (2014)
Best Actress for Jessica Lange
Best Supporting Actress for Kathy Bates
Best Costumes
Best Hairstyling

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (2015)
Best Costumes
Best Hairstyling
Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup
Best Prosthetic Makeup
Best Supporting Visual Effects

“American Horror Story: Hotel” (2016)
Best Contemporary Costumes
Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup

“American Horror Story: Roanoke” (2017)
Best Prosthetic Makeup

“American Horror Story: Cult” (2018)
No wins

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