TCA Finds for ‘O.J. Simpson’

paulsonThe verdict is in for “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” at the TV Critics Association Awards Saturday, winning three awards including program of the year Saturday.

The recreation of the Simpson trial also won outstanding achievement in a miniseries and individual  achievement in drama for Sarah Paulson, who played prosecutor Marcia Clark and called the experience “the greatest job I ever had.”

Other winners at the untelevised event at the Beverly Hilton included Rachel Bloom for individual achievement in comedy for her musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which she said would never have continued without support of critics.

“The Americans” repeated for outstanding achievement in drama; “Black-ish” took the award for comedy and “Mr. Robot” was named outstanding new show.

Wins for some shows came in odd categories. The satirical political series “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” won for outstanding achievement in news and information; Netflix’ documentary “Making a Murderer” won for reality programming.

Though the host of the event may have been the least well-known name in recent years — Jaime Camil, who did half of his monologue in the character of his role as Rogelio de la Vega on “Jane the Virgin,” there was real star power at the event when Jane Fonda who showed up to give career achievement  award to her friend and co-star in “9 to 5” and the current “Frankie & Johnny,” Lily Tomlin.

As strong as Fonda’s address was, Tomlin was charming in recalling her relationship with critics over the years, which was not always friendly.

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” won the event’s heritage award but Moore herself was represented only by a letter she wrote to be read by her onetime co-star in the show, Valerie Harper.


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