Last night at the 66th annual prime time Emmy Awards, this season's breakout Coen brothers-inspired hit, Fargo, took home some of the evening's top honors.
While the actors nominated for awards missed out on Emmy gold for their work on Fargo, the show was still a big winner on Monday night. That being said, all the performers had pretty tough competition in their respective categories.
Both Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman were nominated for Best Actor in a Miniseries for their respective performances as Lorne Malvo and Lester Nygaard, but lost to Sherlock's sleuth Benedict Cumberbatch.
Freeman did go home with a statue, though it was for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for his role opposite Cumberbatch on Sherlock, which meant that he also beat out gloomy Gus Grimly as played by Colin Hanks.
In the Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries, Allison Tolman faced some stiff competition from the ladies of American Horror Story: Coven, one of which actually ended up taking the gold. Kathy Bates won for her performance as the horrific Delphine LaLaurie, during which she played disembodied head for pretty much half the season. (Acting!) We loved Bates's performance on Coven, but that doesn't quite quell the sting of disappointment we're feeling for Tolman. She was by far this year's breakout performer in her category even if she was a bit of an underdog.
Despite some the losses for Fargo's performers, the folks behind the camera went home with big wins for the evening.
Colin Bucksey won Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries for his work on "Buridan's Ass," the sixth episode of the season. During our recap series, we raved that "This is the episode you've been waiting for," so it was great to see the award go to Bucksey. He beat out fellow Fargo director Adam Bernstein for his work on the pilot episode.
The top miniseries honors of the evening didn't go to the witches of Coven or Bonnie and Clyde's bank robbers, they went to Fargo. Emmy-nominated writer and Fargo's creator Noah Hawley accepted the award on behalf of the show, and he even threw in a little nod to the title sequence at the beginning of each episode.
Here's an excerpt of his acceptance speech:
Okay! This is a true story. The first time I talked to Joel and Ethan Coen was when they called me after they read the script. And I had a baby strapped to me -- I mean my baby... not a random baby. And they said, "Look, we hate imitation, but it was eerie reading this because it felt like you were channeling us." So who else can I thank but Joel and Ethan Coen -- who, of course, don't watch the Emmys. But they let me pretend if only for five minutes that I was one of the greatest filmmakers alive, and I thank them for that.
Watch the big win here.
Out of the 18 Emmys Fargo was nominated for, the show took home three awards, with Best Casting for a Miniseries rounding out the trio of statues.
Looks like all those days filming in the frigid Calgary weather paid off, and we can't wait to see what's coming up next season.
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