The verdict is in: Sarah Paulson’s performance as prosecutor Marcia Clark in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” has been voted the best Limited Series/Movie Actress Emmy win of the decade. Paulson earned 35% of the vote in our recent Gold Derby poll, defeating seven of her fellow Emmy victors, five of which happen to also be Oscar winners.
Paulson was one of few actors in TV history to sweep every major award for her iconic performance. In addition to the Emmy, she won the Golden Globe, SAG Award, Critics’ Choice Award and TCA Award, a feat none of her fellow winners accomplished.
The jury of Gold Derby voters was not unanimous in electing Paulson the best of the decade. Paulson’s former “American Horror Story” co-star Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story: Coven”) came close to winning, earning 28% of the vote. Nicole Kidman (”Big Little Lies”), this year’s winner, came in third with 18%. Beyond the top three there was a big drop off, with Claire Danes (“Temple Grandin”) nabbing 6%, followed by Kate Winslet (“Mildred Pierce”) at 5%, Frances McDormand (“Olive Kitteridge”) at 4%, and Julianne Moore (“Game Change”) and Laura Linney (“The Big C: Hereafter”) at 2% apiece.
Paulson’s Emmy victory was a long time coming as she had been nominated every year since 2012 without a win, racking up four nominations for her various characters on “American Horror Story” and another for playing Nicolle Wallace in “Game Change.”
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