The LGBTI community had two reasons to celebrate Sarah Paulson’s Emmy award – her brilliant portrayal of Marcia Clark in the OJ Simpson – and the heart-warming words that Sarah said to her girlfriend, Holland Taylor, “I love you.”
In real life, Marcia Clark was the prosecutor in the OJ Simpson trial. Sarah Paulson was delighted that Marcia accompanied her to the awards ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Simpson was acquitted of the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.
Sarah Paulson admitted she had been ‘superficial and careless’ in forming an opinion about Clark during the trial more than two decades ago.
She thanked Ryan Murphy who cast her in both the Simpson miniseries and the American Horror Story franchise.
‘I owe you everything,’ she said to Murphy. ‘It’s because you thought I could.’
Paulson also acknowledged her actress girlfriend – a past Emmy winner herself – when she said at the end of her speech: ‘Holland taylor I love you!’
SarahPaulson’s choice as Clark as her guest gave material to Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel who seized on the opportunity during his opening monologue.
‘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,’ Kimmel said.
‘Because everyone in L.A. knows, if you want to win, sit next to Marcia Clark.’ he said. The crowd roared but Clark and Paulson looked less than amused.
Kimmel was not through: ‘Hi Marcia. This must be very strange for you: Are you rooting for OJ to win this time?’