The acclaimed FX series, which went into the evening with three nominations, added one more trophy to its haul from the Emmys, Golden Globes and numerous other award ceremonies.
Sarah Paulson was named best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology, American Crime Story.
After bringing Clark with her to the Emmys, Paulson attended the SAG Awards with the former prosecutor and quickly embraced her before accepting her award.
During her speech, the actress thanked Clark and the cast, singling out Courtney B. Vance in particular, who was seen standing during Paulson’s speech.
She thanked Clark “for existing, for your strength and your brilliance and your perseverance. You made me look very good.”
In a politics-heavy evening where nearly every speech has acknowledged the current climate, Paulson also urged those watching to donate to the ACLU “to protect the rights and liberties of people across this country.”
“It’s a vital, vital organization that relies entirely on our support,” she added.
Backstage, Paulson added, “It has been a very celebratory time in my life, but it has been dovetailing with a very serious time in our country. Silence is not golden at this time. But I think people should do whatever they are comfortable doing.”
Vance and co-star Sterling K. Brown were both nominated for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries but lost to All the Way‘s Bryan Cranston.