Best: 'The People v O.J. Simpson' Cleans Up.
Unsurprisingly, Ryan Murphy's incisive, addictive miniseries about the O.J. Simpson trial won in many of the categories it was nominated for, including Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special (the episode "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia," focusing on the titular prosecutor), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Sarah Paulson, a lock, and who actually brought Marcia Clark to the ceremony), and Outstanding Limited Series. But it's worth calling out the wins for two of the most compelling actors on the series: Sterling K. Brown, who played put-upon prosecutor Christopher Darden, and Courtney B. Vance, who stepped into the very big shoes of the larger-than-life Johnnie Cochran. Both actors brought a level of complexity and nuance to their roles that simply couldn't be outshined by more scene-chewing performances from co-stars John Travolta or David Schwimmer; luckily, the Emmy voters noticed, giving each man his first Emmy for those brilliant portrayals.