Sarah Paulson in ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’: Is Emmy locked up after ‘Marcia, Marcia, Marcia’?

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Sarah Paulson has been nominated at the Emmys for the last four years in a row, and 2016 is likely to be her fifth. She could be nominated for both “American Horror Story: Hotel” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” but it’s the latter anthology, in which she plays embattled prosecutor Marcia Clark, that appears to be her best bet at a first win.

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She currently leads our predictions for Best Movie/Mini Actress with 1/1 odds. And her performance in the Marcia Clark-centered March 8 episode “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” strengthens her case. Consider her reviews for the pivotal installment:

Robert Bianco (USA Today): “When this series was announced, my reaction was, ‘What could it tell us that we don’t already know?’ Well, here’s one revelation: The pain Marcia Clark suffered as she found herself under constant attack, personally and professionally. And while we already knew Sarah Paulson is a magnificent actor, her work here may still catch you off guard and break your heart. And maybe even make you feel a little guilty, if you were one of those people (as I was) who laughed at the jokes being made at Clark’s expense back then.”

Robert Rorke (NY Post): “We are more than halfway through this sinfully entertaining series, and this week producers focus an entire episode on the life of prosecutor Marcia Clark, played so wonderfully by Sarah Paulson. The actress has been Emmy nominated several times for ‘American Horror Story,’ but her work as Clark is simply the best she’s done on television.”

Emily Yahr (Washington Post): “Good news, award show prognosticators! There will be no mystery at the Emmy Awards this year: The best actress in a miniseries will definitely go to Sarah Paulson for ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.’ If her trophy wasn’t a lock already, it is after Tuesday’s episode, titled ‘Marcia, Marcia, Marcia’ … Most of the hour was from her perspective, which showed just how hellish her life was during the trial as a (a) single mother and (b) woman in general.”

Our forum posters are also lavishing praise on Paulson’s performance Tuesday night (click here to join the discussion):

Cobalt Blue: What a great episode, in ways that I did not expect from this series.  Paulson OWNED it!

AayaanUpadhyaya: Wow. Just wow, this was phenomenal. I believe we’ve got an early contender for episode of the year. This was amazing. And Paulson is WINNING that Emmy. They cannot deny her a win this time, they just can’t after this episode.

Justmimusicmon: This seems like Paulson’s best chance ever. But that Movie/Mini Actress category is shaping up to be insanely quite competitive.

Sasha: Yeah Paulson absolutely killed it, but still no one touches Kirsten Dunst for me. No one. Both should be competing in the Drama Series category though.

Mafro987: What was great about this episode was its portrayal of gender and race as dynamic and ambiguous – e.g. Marcia suffering sexism throughout the episode, yet making a crude remark about Nathan Lane’s ‘size’. The writing was surprisingly very layered and developed.

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