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Sarah Paulson brought Marcia Clark – whom she played in the People v O.J. Simpson – as her date to the 2016 Emmy Awards

By Dave Quinn
Updated September 18, 2016 08:30 PM
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Sarah Paulson walked the red carpet at the 2016 Emmy Awards on Sunday with a very special guest.

The 41-year-old actress brought O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark, 63, with her on the red carpet, then sat beside her at the awards show.

Paulson portrayed Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – and received a nomination for playing her in the outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie category.

Host Jimmy Kimmel joked about the pairing during his opening monologue as cameras panned to the duo.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the winner of tonight’s plus-one contest – Sarah Paulson, who played Marcia Clark and actually brought Marcia Clark with her tonight,” he said.

“Because everyone in L.A. knows, if you want to win, sit next to Marcia Clark,” he said as the crowd roared and the pair looked less than amused.

“Hi Marcia,” he continued as he addressed the attorney-turned-author. “This must be very strange for you: Are you rooting for OJ to win this time?”

The joke was met with boos for Paulson and Clark.

Paulson is up against Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill), Kerry Washinton (Anita Hill), Kirsten Dunst (Fargo), and American Crime actresses Lili Taylor and Felicity Huffman on Sunday.

She’s also nominated in the supporting category for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel.

Surprisingly, Paulson hasn’t seen herself in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. “I haven’t watched it,” she told E! News’ Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet. “I don’t think I want to watch her lose, and I know that’s what happens.”

“I think I feel a little bit of pressure like I don’t want to let anybody down,” she added, of her nomination.

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Earlier, the pair looked happy on the red carpet, smiling side by side in stunning green and black dresses.

So where was Paulson’s girlfriend Holland Taylor? Back in New York prepping for the upcoming The Front Page revival.

“Holland Taylor is in rehearsals for a Broadway show that opens Tuesday,” she explained to a fan on Twitter.

“Hi Holland,” Paulson yelled to the camera quickly on the E! telecast. “If you’re watching, Holland Taylor, I love you.”

Don’t worry – she was watching at home, and was quick to send her love to Paulson.

“If I’m watching…?? If I’m WATCHING??? YES, I’m watching–!!!” Taylor wrote back. “Good LORD! … I LOVE you!!!”