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After 17 Nominations, American Horror Story Takes Home Only Two Emmys

By September 24, 2012

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American Horror Story
Jessica Lange in American Horror Story
Photo: Prashant Gupta FX

It was a horror story of a different sort Sunday night at the Emmy Awards for American Horror Story. The first-year show, which nabbed an impressive 17 nominations (in part because it controversially declared itself a miniseries and not a conventional TV series), walked away with only two awards, one for Jessica Lange for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and the other a non-Primetime nod for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie. The snubs left some wondering if the show was being punished for its controversial categorization, but if you look at Mad Men's jaw-dropping 0-for-17 performance, AHS's snubs weren't necessarily out of the ordinary.

Frankly, compared to other horror/suspense shows this year, American Horror Story's two Emmys was a veritable avalanche, with series like Dexter, Grimm, True Blood, Fringe and Supernatural coming home empty-handed (the latter three not even being nominated). In fact, besides AHS, The Walking Dead was the only horror/suspense show to "walk" home with an Emmy, for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or Special. With a slew of new shows coming in the 2012-13 season, though, maybe that will change at next year's Emmys.

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