THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON

There’s nothing like the remaking of an event that thrilled an entire generation: ‘Pearl Harbor,’ ‘Apollo 13,’ Titanic…’ And what better than reviving the so-called trial of the century? From cast and writing to directing, it goes without saying that Ryan Murphy’s ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ did win big.

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Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown as prosecutors Marcia Clark and Chris Darden

Based on Jeffrey Toobin‘s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson (1997), the limited series revolves around insanely crazy, 10-month trial concerning the murder of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown and friend Ron Goldman. Back in 1995, everyone at the renowned trial was or would be a star: Orenthal James Simpson was one of the most famous and beloved running backs in football history and beloved, Lead Prosecutor Marcia Clark became a national obsession due to her looks and Lead Defense Attorney Johnnie Cochran would later take over the Snoop Dogg or Michael Jackson trials.

And in 2016, the cast is no lesser known: Sarah Paulson (‘Carol’) plays Clark, Cuba Gooding Jr. (‘Jerry Maguire’) portrays Simpson, Courtney B. Vance embodies Cochran and the rest of the cast features John Travolta, Sterling K. Brown, Nathan Lane and David Schwimmer (looks like the break is over.)

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In arguably the most decisive moment of the trial, O.J. (Gooding Jr.) shows struggle to fit the glove he was allegedly wearing when committing the double homicide

But however royal the cast, the massive popularity and acclaim is almost entirely due to the outstanding writing. The challenge was major – how do we retell a story everyone recalls in an objective yet interesting way? Doing justice to both sides but plausibly presenting it two decades later, when societal standards have supposedly changed? We start by putting Ryan Murphy (‘Glee,’ ‘AHS’) in charge. Secondly, we hire the screenwriting team formed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who accurately reflected how the defense played the race card and triggered sexism from the people, destroying the confidence of the brilliantly sharp Marcia Clark, who had to change her look repeatedly and bear the unfathomable pressure of single-handedly raising two kids, being the nation’s b*tch simply for being a tough woman doing good job (sounds familiar?) and going high even when her ex-husband released nude pics of her on the beach. And lastly, we pray Sarah Paulson, who masterfully portrayed the lawyer’s restraint and turmoil without having it be self-pitying, isn’t seducing critics opposite Cate Blanchett or Kevin Spacey. (My God! Somebody give her a movie!).

“If your show doesn’t have a dragon or a white Bronco, go home now,” 2016 Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel predicted. The result, 9 Emmys (Series, Writing, Paulson, Vance, Knight, Casting, Editing, Hairstyling and Sound mixing) out of 22 nominations, 2 Globes (Series and Paulson) and countless other accolades for the actress including the SAG Award.

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Paulson kissed her date for the night, the real Marcia Clark

All in all, I undoutedly recommend a serious binge-watching session of this fantastic all around series due to the writing, cast and brilliant characterization. Also worth saying, it starts getting addicting after episode 6!

Country: United States.

Release date: February 2 – April 5, 2016

Original network: FX.

Episodes: 10.

Awards: 9 Emmys, 2 Golden Globes

Grade: A-

All images are taken from Google.

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