Emmys 2014: 'Fargo' wins miniseries category

Emmys 2014: 'Fargo' wins miniseries category
"Fargo" wins the Emmy Award for miniseries on Monday. (Chris Large / FX)

"Fargo" won the Emmy on Monday for a miniseries. It had been considered the clear front-runner as one of the night's most-nominated and critically lauded series.

The FX anthology series is based on the Academy Award-winning movie from the Coen brothers. Its first season centered on a “true crime” story with a cast of characters separate from the movie, led by Billy Bob Thornton, who plays creepy drifter Lorne Malvo, and Martin Freeman as a hapless insurance agent whose life is forever changed by a chance encounter with Malvo.

The series, helmed by executive producer and writer Noah Hawley, was a critics favorite and, despite its all-star cast, drew as much attention for its unknown roster of talent, namely scene-stealer Allison Tolman as Det. Molly Solverson. All helping it to accrue 18 Emmy nominations in its first cycle.

"Fargo's" win comes during a year in which movies and miniseries received their own categories at the Emmys after a vote by the TV academy this year to undo a change made three years ago to combine the categories. The move underscores the rise of telepics and event series on television.

It beat out “Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive” (Lifetime), “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX), “Luther” (BBC America), “The White Queen” (Starz) and “Treme” (HBO).

"Fargo" will return for a second season next year with a new "true crime," this one set in 1979.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, are being held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and the show is airing live on NBC.