Sarah Paulson Wins the 'Plus-One Award,' Brings Marcia Clark as Her Emmys Date
Sarah Paulson brought Marcia Clark – whom she played in the People v O.J. Simpson – as her date to the 2016 Emmy Awards
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.
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.
“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!!!”