The Minnesota-set FX series "Fargo" won an Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Monday night in Los Angeles, Variety reports.
The critically acclaimed series also won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for Colin Bucksey. The show's lead actor nominee, Billy Bob Thornton, supporting actor nominees Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks, and supporting actress nominee Allison Tolman all fell short in the bids for Emmy glory.
"Fargo" was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards overall and won three in all. In addition to its Outstanding Miniseries and directing trophies Monday, it also won for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or Movie at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony earlier this month.
The Emmy success of the show comes 17 years after the film version of "Fargo" won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Minnesota natives Joel and Ethan Coen, and Best Actress for Frances McDormand.
During his acceptance speech, "Fargo" series creator Noah Hawley recalled his first conversation with the Coen brothers, which happened in a phone call after the filmmakers read the script.
"They said, 'Look, we hate imitation, but it was eerie reading this because it felt like you were channeling us," Hawley said.
Apart from "Fargo," most of the Emmy newcomers were shunned at the awards, The Hollywood Reporter says. Perennial favorites "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" took the top Emmys in the Drama and Comedy categories respectively, besting first-time drama nominee "True Detective" and comedy nominees "Orange is the New Black" and "Silicon Valley."
The Emmys website has the complete list of winners.
Also Monday night, Minnesota native Jessica Lange won for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for "American Horror Story: Coven." Lange previously won the statuette for the first season of the FX anthology series, and was nominated for the second.
Her victory for "Coven" was Lange's third Emmy win overall.
Both "American Horror Story" and "Fargo" are returning to FX with new stories in the fall and spring, respectively. The Hollywood Reporter says part of the second season of "Fargo" will be set in Luverne, Minnesota.