‘American Horror Story’: Its miniseries Emmy bid pays off

American Horror Story” is, arguably, the weirdest show on television. And it collected 17 Emmy Award nominations Thursday, the same number earned by perennial Emmy darling “Mad Men,” by taking a somewhat weird approach to its submissions for this year’s awards. Hey, this show doesn’t do it any other way.


From left, Evan Tate and Emmy nominees Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy in “American Horror Story.” (Ray Mickshaw/FX via AP)

This spring, Ryan Murphy and company opted to submit “American Horror Story” for Emmy consideration in the miniseries category. Their argument: As an “anthology” series, one that will reboot itself in season two with all new characters, it could be considered a miniseries and a drama. Emmy bought that argument, allowing “AHS” to compete in a (slightly) less competitive field than the best drama race.

Here are the nominations that strategy delivered:

One for best miniseries or movie made for television.

One best actress nomination for Connie Britton, who I said several months ago deserved an Emmy alone for her screaming during labor. (See below.)


Connie Britton. (Mike Ansell / FX)

Two best supporting actress nominations for Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy, who also would have been nominated in a Best Weird Female Rivalry in Which One of the Characters is Dead category if there were an MTV awards show and not the Emmys.

One best supporting actor nomination for Denis O’Hare, which means the money that Larry Harvey spent on head shots finally, finally, paid off.

Twelve in more technical categories for: editing, make-up, prosthetic make-up, hair, casting, opening titles, art direction (two in this category), costumes (the Rubber Man suit was hard to make, you guys), sound editing, sound mixing and stunt coordination.

None of its directors received nominations. And hearts across the nation may have broken when the Tate faithful realized that Evan Peters got snubbed, even though he clearly played the best ghost boyfriend ever.

But still: 17 nominations. Murphy and his team played this really smart, almost like that cunning Constance Langdon, the Southern dame played by Lange, who, by the way, looks like the “Horror Story” star most poised to take home an award out of this Emmy haul.

Did “AHS” deserve this many nods? Are you upset that Tate — or for that matter, his girlfriend, the equally impressive Taissa Farmiga — got snubbed? Weigh in with a comment and start our first “American Horror Story” conversation in this blog since all that weird stuff happened last December.


View Photo Gallery: The 2012 Emmy nominees were announced Thursday. “Mad Men” and “American Horror Story” lead the pack with 17 Emmy Award nominations each.

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