The bleeding heart of American Horror Story: Hotel lies within the acting power of Sarah Paulson and Denis O’Hare. Don’t ignore these performances Television Academy!
It’s that morbid declaration and the subsequent transitioning (throat slitting) by The Countess that gives American Horror Story: Hotel its tangled, tortured, and morbidly beautiful soul. That Denis O’Hare and Sarah Paulson accentuate it with their delicate and deeply felt performances makes it even sweeter. Emmy voters cannot ignore their immense talents as they are the pillars of the season, supported by the robust and eclectic ensemble cast.
Perhaps it’s not so surprising that American Horror Story’s acting company have been showered with nominations. They are, after all, some of the best actors working in film or television today. Out of 7o nominations over four seasons, 19 nominations have gone to its cast, winning four times. The Television Academy’s love for the series – with its graphic gore and sexual content – has always been something of a surprise, and not all nominations have felt completely deserved. Putting all of that aside, the 2016 Emmy Limited Series categories are where AHS will compete against its Ryan Murphy-bred cousin The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for attention. There simply aren’t enough slots to recognize all of the brilliance on display. Still, Emmy must make room for two AHS: Hotel performances – Sarah Paulson and Denis O’Hare – as their work is some of the best seen in the anthology series’s entire run.