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Paulson got special permission from security to bring Clark all the way into the roped-off “winners circle” at the Governors Ball, where the two watched their names get engraved on Paulson’s 2016 Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Their statuette reads “Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark,” a rep for the Television Academy confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s customary for all lead, supporting and guest acting Emmys to have the name of the winner and the character he or she played.
Clark became a household name in 1994 as the lead prosecutor in O.J. Simpson’s murder trial. Paulson portrayed her in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which took home five Emmys on Sunday, including outstanding limited series.
Paulson dedicated her award to Clark during her acceptance speech, and even apologized for being “superficial and careless” in the way she initially understood Clark’s role in the trial.
“The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark, not the two-dimensional cardboard cutout I saw on the news, but the complicated, whip-smart, giant-hearted mother of two who woke up every day, put both feet on the floor and dedicated herself to righting an unconscionable wrong — the loss of two innocents, Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown — the more I had to recognize that I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial and careless in my judgment,” the actress said. “And I’m glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and tell you I’m sorry.”
The Times reports that “the women laughed and giggled” as they watched their names being engraved on the trophy, then proudly displayed it to onlookers.
— Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) September 19, 2016
Updated Sept. 21, 8:15 a.m.: This story was updated to clarify details about the Emmy engraving process.
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