Why wasn't 'Fargo' nominated for a WGA Award? FX explains

Why wasn't 'Fargo' nominated for a WGA Award? FX explains
Martin Freeman, left, and Billy Bob Thornton in FX's Emmy-winning "Fargo." (Chris Large / FX)

When the Writers Guild of America announced its TV nominiations for its 2015 WGA Awards, one notable omission was "Fargo," FX's hit miniseries that won the Emmy for best miniseries.

But the snub wasn't exactly a snub, according to FX. The absence of "Fargo" has more to do with a difference of opinion on whether the 10-episode project was a miniseries or an original drama.

"When the WGA Award nominations were announced this morning, several news outlets commented about the notable omission of FX's award-winning miniseries 'Fargo,'" FX Networks said in a statement. "The network initially submitted 'Fargo' in the longform category based on the fact that the 10 one-hour scripts -- all written by Noah Hawley -- tell a single, closed-ended story and therefore 'Fargo' is a miniseries.

"The WGA does not recognize 'Fargo' as a miniseries because Noah Hawley was accorded a 'Created For Television by' credit and said that 'Fargo' could only be considered in the drama series category.

"'Fargo' won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. It has been submitted as a minseries for this year's Golden Globe Awards. Since 'Fargo' is not in fact a drama series, and it is in fact a miniseries, FX made the decision not to submit Noah Hawley and his brilliant scripts for WGA Awards consideration."