The actor finally nabbed an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress.
1. On Sunday night, Sarah Paulson was honored with her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress.
Paulson was also nominated on Sunday for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for American Horror Story: Hotel, but she lost to Regina King, who stars in American Crime.
2. She won for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in the FX series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
3. It was also fitting that she even brought the actual Marcia Clark as her plus one to the awards ceremony.
4. One of the most touching parts of her winning speech was dedicated to Clark.
Paulson continued, saying, “The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark, not the two-dimensional cardboard cutout I saw on the news, but the complicated, whip-smart, giant-hearted mother of two who woke up every day, put both feet on the floor, and dedicated herself to righting an unconscionable wrong — the loss of two innocents, Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown — the more I had to recognize that I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial and careless in my judgment. And I’m glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and tell you I’m sorry.”
5. And naturally, Marcia Clark was tearful as Paulson spoke about her.
6. In 2012, Paulson was nominated for her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie in the HBO drama Game Change.
She lost to Jessica Lange, who won for her portrayal of Constance Langdon in the inaugural season of American Horror Story.
7. And ever since that time, we’ve seen Paulson nominated for her various roles in the different iterations of the American Horror Story anthology series.
For the past five years, Paulson has been up for an Emmy in either the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie category or Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie.
8. You know the old saying — “If at first you don’t succeed, try again seven more times.”
9. Congrats, Ms. Paulson, you deserve it.