The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired live on NBC on Aug. 25 and professed bosom buddies and Oscar winning actresses Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates snagged a pair of Emmy statues for their brilliant work on “American Horror Story: Coven.” The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie win marked Lange’s second Emmy for her work on the horror anthology series, with her first being for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie in 2012 for her portrayal of Constance Langdon in season one, “Murder House.” She won a Supporting Actress Golden Globe in the inaugural season as well.
Bates was thrilled to join the “Coven” cast. Per Deadline, Bates told the audience at PaleyFest 2013 she coaxed Lange into telling series co-creator Ryan Murphy, “I’ll do anything” to be on the show. Her character, Delphine LaLaurie, was based on a real-life New Orleans socialite and serial killer. Bates brought the terrifying monster to vivid life to the tune of a well-deserved 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. Lange portrayed LaLaurie's nemesis Fiona Goode, reigning Coven Supreme.
“American Horror Story: Coven” earned an impressive 17 total nominations this year (which coincidentally is a three-peat Emmy nomination number for the series since its 2011 inception). It’s interesting that Jessica Lange and her on-screen “Coven” daughter Sarah Paulson were fellow nominees in this year’s Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie category. And, Kathy Bates ran against “Coven” co-stars Frances Conroy and Angela Bassett in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie category.
Ultimately, Lange and Bates were both surprised when they were declared winners. Bates thanked the AHS: Coven crew for their “grueling” work on location in New Orleans. She said, “Last season was awesome and this season is gonna be great.” Bates referred to the upcoming fourth installment “Freak Show,” which will also be filmed in New Orleans.
Lange was nominated for an Emmy last year for her role as Sister Jude in “American Horror Story: Asylum” but she didn’t win. So, she was shocked when her name was called this year. She said, “I’m profoundly surprised at this, but, very grateful.” She went on to thank the cast and crew calling the cast, “A dream come true, beginning to end.” She finished with special thanks to series co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy dubbing Murphy, “my darling Ryan, who makes this all possible.”
The highly anticipated AHS fourth installment will be set in Jupiter, Florida in the 1950s and Lange will play German ex-Pat Elsa Mars, who runs one of the last remaining freak shows. Bates will play the show’s Bearded Lady, Ethel Darling, who is married to series newcomer Michael Chiklis’ character, Dell Toledo. Bates and Chiklis will play Evan Peters’ character, Jimmy Darling’s, mother and stepfather.
Other notable Emmy nominations for “American Horror Story: Coven” include Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. FX Network’s freshman show “Fargo” took home the Outstanding Miniseries trophy.
Of the 17 total Primetime Emmy nominations for the series, Bates and Lange took home the only acting awards. “American Horror Story: Coven” also won Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special and Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Movie.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” premieres on Oct. 8 on FX.