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‘Fargo’ gets five Critics’ Choice nominations

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LOS ANGELES — As the mayhem in "Bemidji" that the TV series “Fargo” has wrought comes to an end in a few weeks, the series’ recognition continues to grow.


FX’s “Fargo” is in the running for five Critics’ Choice Television Awards, tying with four other shows or movies for the most nominations this year.

The show, which is based in fictional versions of Bemidji, Duluth and Fargo, has been a critical and fan success. The plot follows a drifter named Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) who arrives in Bemidji and influences the population with his malice and violence, including a bullied insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman).

The nominations were announced Wednesday by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, and an awards show will broadcast live on the CW on June 19.

“Fargo” snagged a nomination for best miniseries along with fellow nominees “American Horror Story: Coven,” “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Dancing on the Edge,” “The Hollow Crown” and “Luther.”

The 10-episode FX series, inspired by the Coen brothers’ 1996 black comedy film, also received four acting nominations, including: Thornton and Freeman for best actor in a movie or miniseries, Colin Hanks for best supporting actor in a movie or miniseries, and Allison Tolman for best supporting actress in a movie or miniseries.