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Courtney B. Vance won the Emmy for best actor in a limited series or television movie on Sunday night for his performance as Johnnie Cochran in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
The actor beat out Bryan Cranston in All the Way, Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, Idris Elba in Luther, Cuba Gooding Jr. in The People v. O.J. Simpson and Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager.
Vance thanked creator Ryan Murphy, his cast and crew, and wife Angela Bassett at the podium (‘This one is for you, Girl!”) before leaving the audience with “Obama out!”
Backstage, Vance said The People v. O.J. Simpson was a “thrilling ride” and also an “educational” experience for him because he had not watched the “Trial of the Century” when it originally happened. Vance specifically said he was torn at the time because he had grown up a fan of Simpson’s football career when he played at USC.
“I blocked it out and didn’t follow the trial,” Vance said. “This was an opportunity for me to educate myself as to what happened and what was going on. … It was an educational process for me everyday.”
As for his celebratory plans for the evening, Vance said they included the governors ball. “I will give this to my wife and she will tell me where it’s going to go in the house,” he said.
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, which aired live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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