Of all the things to be excited about when it comes to Emmys night — the fashion, seeing all your favorite stars buddy up, yelling at the TV when your fave does/does not win — one of the biggest things (for me, anyway) is noting how many 2015 Emmys American Horror Story wins during the night. Because, of course, it's a given that the series is going to win some amount: Every year since it premiered in 2011, the show has won some number of Emmys, whether for Jessica Lange's always A+ work as whatever character she's portraying that season or for the show's exceptional creative direction.
Case-in-point: In 2012, Lange took home the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie award for her role as Constance in Murder House, in 2013, James Cromwell won the Outstanding Supporting actor in a Miniseries or Movie award for his role as Dr. Arthur Arden in Asylum, and in 2014, Lange won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie award for her role as Fiona Goode, while Kathy Bates took home the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie award for her role as Delphine LaLaurie. In other words: At this point, it's not if the series is going to when an Emmy — it's how many. Which is why the outcome of Sunday night's show was particularly surprising.
So, how many Emmys did the show take home this year? The nominations were certainly plentiful: For Freak Show, the series is up for a total of eight Emmys in the following categories: Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, and Outstanding Directing For a Limited Series, Movie Or a Dramatic Special.
Surprisingly though, with that amount of noms, the outcome was a disappointment: American Horror Story: Freak Show didn't take home any Emmy awards during Sunday night's show. Of course, this doesn't take away from how great of a season Freak Show was — but still, considering this was Lange's last year starring in the series, it was a bit of a letdown that she didn't win in the category she was nominated for.
That said, each nominee in the categories AHS was nominated in deserved the trophy just as much — so no outcome is a bad one by any means. And hey, look on the bright side, AHS fans: The those who worked on the series this year may be walking away from the Emmys this year empty-handed, but we still have GIFs like this from this series!
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