The People vs OJ Simpson Snag 22 Emmy Nominations

[Update] The FX limited series, The People vs OJ Simpson has received 22 Emmy nominations including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Courtney B. Vance, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Sarah Paulson.

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Review and recap The People vs OJ Simpson From the Ashes of Tragedy

American Crime Story, Season 1, Episode 1, From the Ashes of Tragedy purports to start the tale of the O.J. Simpson trial, one of those media events that took place during the golden age between the Cold War and the War on Terror that told us so much about criminal justice, the power of celebrity, and the toxic state of race relations in America. The episode begins two years before with news footage of the Rodney King riots that rocked Los Angeles, setting up the theme that the Simpson affair was as much about race as it was about the search for justice.

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The episode then proceeds to the discovery of the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson, the ex-wife of the then popular football star and movie actor, and her friend, Ron Goldman. A group of LAPD detectives, including Mark Furhman, go to OJ’s house to tell him the bad news. However, OJ is in Chicago, leaving the detectives having to speak with Kato Kaelin whom they think might be on drugs.

The detectives also find evidence, in the form of a blood trail and a bloody glove that suggest that OJ might have done it. The evidence rouses the ire of Marcia Clark, the district attorney who is incensed that OJ had escaped punishment for beating Nicole. The wheels of justice turn and, in short order, a warrant is issued for OJ’s arrest.

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Most of the other players in the melodrama to come are introduced. They include Robert Shapiro, who becomes OJ’s first criminal defense attorney, cool, calculating, but suspicious that his client is a murderer. Jonnie Cochran is seen trying to get his old protégé Chris Darden to prosecute a group of police officers who shot a knife-wielding African American woman. He will not touch the OJ case, at least for now, because he thinks it is a loser. That attitude will change.

OJ himself exhibits all of the characteristic of a guilty man, at turns raging and at turns trying to stick to a coherent story and failing. The episode ends with the former football star starting his now epic flight in the white Bronco, after having waved a gun threatening to kill himself. The viewer is invited to draw his or her own conclusions.

Other episodes of American Crime Story The People v. OJ Simpson reviewed on TV Eskimo:

From the Ashes of Tragedy – Episode 1
The Run of His Life – Episode 2
The Dream Team – Episode 3
100% Not Guilty – Episode 4
The Race Card – Episode 5
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia – Episode 6
Conspiracy Theories – Episode 7
A Jury in Jail – Episode 8
Manna from Heaven – Episode 9
The Verdict – Episode 10

Characters and cast of American Crime Story The People v. O.J. Simpson include:

Kris Jenner – Selma Blair (Legally Blonde, Cruel Intentions, Hellboy, Anger Management, Web Therapy)
Faye Resnick – Connie Britton (Nashville, Friday Night Lights, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 24, Spin City)
Christopher Darden – Sterling K. Brown (Army Wives, Righteous Kill, Stay, Our Idiot Brother, Person of Interest)
Judge Lance Ito – Kenneth Choi (The Wolf of Wall Street, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Terminal, Sons of Anarchy)
O.J. Simpson – Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets, Men of Honor, Radio, A Murder of Crows)
Gil Garcetti – Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mad Men, Flight, The Place Beyond the Pines, The River, John from Cincinnati)
F. Lee Bailey – Nathan Lane (The Lion King, The Producers, The Birdcage, Mousehunt, The Good Wife)
Kato Kaelin – Billy Magnussen (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods, The East, The Leftovers, The Big Short)
Marcia Clark – Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, Carol, Serenity, Mud, 12 Years a Slave, Deadwood, The Runner)
Robert Kardashian – David Schwimmer (Friends, Madagascar, Web Therapy, John Carter, Band of Brothers, NYPD Blue)
Robert Shapiro – John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Grease, Face/Off, Be Cool, Swordfish, Primary Colors, Get Shorty)