The 2016 Emmy Awards were refreshingly poignant, with first-time winners in multiple acting categories and several queer women dominating the awards show. But the Emmys did more this year than just recognize the growing diversity in the industry: It also wrapped up a redemptive arc for the real-life Marcia Clark.
The lawyer — most famously known as the lead prosecutor in the highly publicized trial of O.J. Simpson — was praised on stage by Sarah Paulson, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Clark in FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson, in the actress' acceptance speech. Paulson even invited Clark as her guest to the ceremony.
Said Paulson during her speech:
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. And I'm glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and tell you I'm sorry.
Paulson's budding friendship with Clark didn't end with the speech, either. According to the Los Angeles Times, Paulson had Clark's name engraved next to her own on the award itself — achieving peak BFF goals.
"It was an amazing night," Clark said, according to the Times. "I'm so glad I could share it with her."
Now if only fellow Simpson prosecutor Chris Darden would take Emmy-winner Sterling K. Brown's calls, maybe they could be besties, too.