Cuba Gooding Jr. is nominated at the 68th Emmy Awards in the best actor category for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
The show was more than a pop culture obsession. Now, it has accomplished a lot by scoring 68th Emmy nominations for Cuba Gooding Jr. in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category. Sarah Paulson is also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. The show is also up for Outstanding Limited Series.
According to E! Online, Gooding, who played OJ Simpson, earlier rejected the role. He said yes when his agent called him to offer a Ryan Murphy project.
“I’m at that age in my career, or experience level, where I don’t worry about the scripts as much anymore as I do the filmmaking team, the director,” he said.
“When my agents called and said Ryan Murphy wants to meet with you, I said, ‘Great! Tell him I’m in!'”
An interesting trivia: Gooding decided not to meet OJ before he started shooting. However, he changed his mind. Gooding said he played the character when OJ was at his brightest and most charismatic, but now, he’s just a “shell of himself,” sitting in a jail cell.
After the shooting, Gooding said he was glad it was over. He told reporters he was relieved, according to People.
American Crime Story is the spinoff series of FX mainstay American Horror Story. The first season of the show was about the long-running trial involving football star/occasional actor O.J. Simpson, who was accused of brutally murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in June 1994.
The 68th Emmy Awards will be held on September 18, 2016. The event will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will air on ABC.