Kirsten Dunst, Felicity Huffman, Audra McDonald, Sarah Paulson, Lili Taylor and Kerry Washington competed to take home the award for 2016

By Brittany King and Alexia Fernandez
Updated September 18, 2016 09:50 PM
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It was a big win for Sarah Paulson, who took home the 2016 Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for her role in The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

The actress thanked Marcia Clark, her date to the awards show who she portrays on the show, and also gave her an apology.

“The responsibility of playing a real person is an enormous one. You want to get it right, not for you but for them,” she said. “The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark, not the two-dimensional cardboard cut-out I saw on the news, but the complicated, whip smart, mother of two…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.”

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Paulson also recognized her partner, Holland Taylor: “Holland Taylor, I love you.”

Taylor also tweeted out her love of Paulson with a cute tweet.

Paulson was up against Fargo‘s Kirsten Dunst, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grille star Audra McDonald, Confirmation‘s Kerry Washington and American Crime‘s Felicity Huffman and Lili Taylor.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are airing live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.